QUOTE OF THE DAY
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce
“You gotta fight, for your right, to Lombardi!”
Congrats to the three winners of our Super Bowl pick ‘em; Mike Hord, Sari VanSleet, and David Goldberg. All three correctly picked the NFL playoffs, Super Bowl MVP (Mahomes), and came within a point of the correct final score (31-20). You’re getting a free gift from The Sportsletter store. Letter Rip!
50 Years to Lombardi
Super Bowl LIV: Chiefs def. 49ers (31-20)
First Super Bowl Victory Since 1970
On January 11, 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 4 over the Minnesota Vikings (23-7). They hadn’t been back since. The 50-year anniversary celebration looked bleak with 10 minutes left, but Patrick Mahomes needs little opportunity and little time to flip the script.
In a near repeat of their first two playoff games, Kansas City overcame a double-digit deficit to do the unthinkable in the fourth quarter. Trailing 20-10, QB Patrick Mahomes caught fire and the Chiefs offense scored 21 points on three consecutive drives in less than seven minutes. RB Damien Williams found the end zone twice, including the game-icing touchdown. Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP despite one of the poorer performances of his career, and Andy Reid raised his first Lombardi Trophy.
50 years later, it’s a celebration in Kansas City!
Mamba Out, But Not Forgotten
Lakers Honor Kobe With Emotional Tributes
Friday’s Lakers-Blazers game at Staples Center stole the spotlight in the NBA weekend, and rightfully so. Damian Lillard tapped into the Mamba Mentality and went for 48 points and a near triple double (11 assists, 9 rebounds) to spoil the first home game since Kobe Bryant’s death (127-119), but it was LeBron James’ pregame speech that won the weekend.
“This is a celebration of the 20 years of the blood, the sweat, the tears, the broken down body, the getting up, the sitting down, the everything, the countless hours, the determination to be as great as he could be. Tonight we celebrate the kid who came here at 18 years of age, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years…”
“So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba out’. But in the words of us, ‘not forgotten’. Live on brother.” — LeBron James
Lillard’s Historic Streak
Rally Finales in Melbourne
Djokovic & Kenin Win Australian Open Titles
Two Australian Open finales produced a pair of come-from-behind champs in Melbourne over the weekend. It’s No. 8 for the Djoker and the first Grand Slam title for American Sofia Kenin.
Djokovic Wins 8th Aussie Open
Kenin Wins 1st Career Grand Slam
Lamar Jackson Wins MVP
2nd Unanimous MVP in NFL History
Lamar Jackson was the last pick of the first round in the 2018 NFL Draft. Less than two years later, he’s the NFL MVP. Not only did the 22-year-old QB win the award at Saturday’s NFL Honors after a season with 43 total TDs and over 4,300 yards, but he became the second unanimous selection in NFL history (Tom Brady, 2010).
Watch Lamar Jackson’s MVP Speech (NFL.com)
2020 Hall of Fame
🏀 NBA: Kyrie Catches Fire
🏒 NHL: Penguins Halt Ovechkin’s Streak
⛳️ PGA: Simpson Steals Scottsdale in Playoff
⚽️ SOCCER: Ronaldo Still Rolling
🏀 NCAAB: Upset Saturday: 8 of Top-25
Rockets in Discussion With Hawks for Clint Capela Trade
NFL Players Association to Vote on 17-Game Schedule in New CBA
Chargers and Head Coach Anthony Lynn Agree to Contract Extension