Ravens Flock guide to Super Bowl LV: Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

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Super Bowl step 1: Who should Ravens’ fans root for?

The Baltimore Ravens fanbase might be a little less energized about the Super Bowl than usual. Two years in a row, they thought that the Ravens could be playing in the Super Bowl and were wildly disappointed.

The Super Bowl is a matchup between Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (We all know how you feel about Tom Brady, you’re a Ravens fan) and the potential new dynasty the Kansas City Chiefs. Super Bowls are best when you have a rooting interest. That’s not a given here.

Personally, I like the idea of competing in an AFC next year where the Chiefs are not out for revenge. This team out of Kansas City is scary enough. Secondly, it’s almost impossible not to enjoy watching Patrick Mahomes play football. He’s good. He’s ridiculously good.

Andy Reid is also a very easy person to root for. Before the last Super Bowl, Reid was the greatest coach without a ring. Now he has a chance to put himself on the very top echelon of NFL coaches.

The Chiefs really aren’t rivals with the Ravens. The Ravens have to make it a rivalry before we can really call them a rival. The Chiefs continue to set the bar, the Ravens have to find a way to get over that bar next season.

It’s difficult to harbor any animosity or hard feeling towards the Cheifs. They may be the new Patriots, yet the Ravens don’t have that kind of relationship with them yet.

So while all I want is a great game, I have more than enough reason to root against Tom Brady. Take that for what it’s worth. Maybe you want to see Brady get his seventh, just to appreciate greatness at the moment. Maybe you want the Buccaneers to win because you’re a huge Mike Evans fan, or you want to see Bruce Arians get his ring. Find a reason to be into the result and enjoy the game.