It's one of the biggest days on the sports calendar and it's always a fun day whether you're a football fan or not. The Superbowl is coming up on Sunday and showcases two great teams in the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.
There's plenty of reasons to watch the big game every year, the football action, the commercials, the joy of victory and the agony of defeat of the final game of the NFL season, the outrageous betting props — plus there's always great food and a few pops to be had. This year's version of the big game has many storylines that will make the 53rd edition of the Superbowl one of the most highly anticipated in years.
Tom Brady and the Patriots will be shooting for their sixth championship and would cement the quarterback's legacy as the best to ever play. On the other sideline, the Rams are a young group led by third-year QB Jared Goff and 33-year-old head coach Sean McVay. It's a battle of two of the biggest sports markets in LA vs. Boston, and it's actually the second time the cities have met for a championship in the last three months (the Red Sox and Dodgers met in the World Series).
Everyone has their pick for the big game and Discover Weyburn caught up with some local celebrities and who they thought would win the Superbowl this year.
Jody Kerr, President of Weyburn Minor Football: "I would like to see the Rams win, but really I don't think Brady can be stopped. You can say all you want, but at the end of the day, it's still Brady. I'm thinking the Patriots are going to come out on top by at least 10. I'm going to say 33–20."
Darren Abel, High school football coach: "It's a tough one. I really like Bill Belichick and Tom Brady and all they've done for the game over the last decade or more. It should be a good game with the veterans going against the young guns. I think it's going to be close. The Rams have been saying some things in the media lately that I think are really going to fire up Brady and the rest of the Patriots. I think it's going to motivate the Pats.
Dawson McKenzie, Red Wings forward: "I'm picking the Rams but I would actually like to see the Patriots win, just because Brady is the G.O.A.T. I'm thinking it's going to be a close one for sure, a nice tight game to watch. I'm going 28–24 Rams."
Steven Wilson, Discover Weyburn Sports: "Back in 2002, I called for the Rams to beat the Patriots by a wide margin after going 14-2 in the regular season. This year, I won't make the same mistake. I think the Patriots will win it all again, with Brady picking apart the Rams defence. I wouldn't be surprised if the final score is upwards of 45-28."
Kyle Haines, Weyburn Red Wings head coach: "I'm rooting for the Rams and Sean McVay. I think it would be cool to see such a young coach win the Superbowl. I'm saying Rams win 35–31."
Jason Roy, President of Weyburn Soccer Association: "It's kind of hard to bet against a dynasty and the Patriots have proven that when they're down, they can always get back up. I'm going to have to take the Patriots. I think it's going to be somewhat close, but I'm thinking 34–27."
Cody Levesque, Red Wings goaltender: "Patriots all the way. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are going to run the Rams show. I think it will be a close one, but the Patriots will pull it off as usual. Final score, 27–21 Patriots.
Corey Morrissette, Bantam football assistant coach: "My head says the New England Patriots, but my heart says the Los Angeles Rams. I think it's going to come down to if the Rams can get any sort of pass rush on Tom Brady and disrupt his game. Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh, those guys on the defensive line. I think they'll be able to pull it off and I think the Rams win 24–21."
Ed Istace, Red Wings equipment manager: "I'm going with the Patriots, I back winners. I'm thinking 34–17, that's just what it feels like for me."
Jacob Piller, Red Wings forward: "I think New England is going to win. Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. so I don't think anyone is going to be able to beat him. I like the Rams but I don't think they'll be able to pull it off. I think it will be close, I'm saying 28–21 for New England."
Austin Arvay, Discover Weyburn Sports: "The key to beating Tom Brady and the Patriots is through a strong pass rush and the Rams have the horses to be effective in that regard. Giving Bill Belichick two weeks to gameplan for any opponent is scary and of course, the Patriots have been to the big dance before, while most Rams are inexperienced and could be overwhelmed by the big stage. It's just to hard to bet against Brady and Belichick... Final score: Patriots 23, Rams 17."