The Spread — Super Bowl

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Offence or defence. Pick your side.

Kansas City are the all-conquering offensive juggernaut led by a 24-year-old phenom named Patrick Mahomes and they face a defensive unit led by a gritty, larger-than-life defensive back named Richard Sherman.

The Super Bowl decides the champions of the NFL but it’s more an event than sporting contest. Superstar celebrities travel from far and wide to attend the game and many of the halftime performances have made as big a mark as the game itself.

We’re going to try and find the winner of the game, but also a few fun ways to have a punt and enjoy Super Bowl LIV.

THE GAME

Hit the ball to the boundary, put the ball in the back of the net, whatever the means and whatever the sport, I prefer to see scoring and that’s why I’ll be rolling with the high-flying Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Yes, San Francisco have a vaunted defence and some say offence sells tickets but defence wins championships. Well, in the NFL (and NBA for that matter) things have changed with scoring and offensive football taking prime position.

Teams are scouring the United States for collegiate coaches with any ounce of offensive genius — think Kingsbury, McVay and Kitchens, although that experiment failed miserably.

Mahomes has a chance to be one of the great all-time quarterbacks. He can make every single throw and has more toughness than people give him credit for. Couple his QB wizardry with Tyreek Hill’s speed, Travis Kelce’s dominance against any match-up and Andy Reid’s offensive nous and creativity and this Chiefs outfit can put points on the board against anyone.

San Fran head coach Kyle Shanahan is an offensive master himself but he does not quite have the weapons at his disposal. Jimmy Garoppolo was only asked to throw the ball eight times in the NFC Championship game. Sure, they dominated Green Bay so much he was not needed but it’s hardly a great sign should this become an offensive shootout.

The heat will be on early and perhaps the 49ers get to Mahomes a few times but eventually, the young superstar will figure things out and sling the rock like only he can.

SUPER BOWL LIV FLUTTERS

-Kansas City -1.5 ($1.86)

-Travis Kelce First TD ($10)

-Patrick Mahomes 1+ TD each half ($1.91)

-Patrick Mahomes +300.5 pass yards ($1.88) Damien Williams -51.5 rush yards ($1.88) 1st drive result PUNT ($2.08) Both teams to score 25+ points NO ($1.40)

SUPER BOWL NOVELTIES

-Coin toss winner wins game YES ($1.96)

-1st pass reception for SF GEORGE KITTLE ($3.45) Any quarter to be scoreless YES ($4.60) Last play of the game — QB kneel ($1.55) Missed FG anytime YES ($2.10) Shakira’s First Song HIPS DON’T LIE ($3) Gatorade Colour Thrown on Winning Coach BLUE ($5)

What do you think?