The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for Super Bowl 57 in Arizona on Sunday. Follow our updates on their preparations and the preparations for the game.
Opening night has a bit of everything
There were players, coaches, media and fans at Super Bowl 57 Open Night on Monday at the Footprint Center, but there was also a whole lot more.
Donna Kelce, mother to Super Bowl bound brothers Travis and Jason, gave away tickets to the big game to some lucky fans. Gamers played out the game on Madden NFL 23. Players were asked questions — only a fraction of which were related to the Super Bowl or football in general.
Among the questions were:
Which of your teammates would you want on your side in a fight? This was a frequent topic.
Who would win a grizzly bear or tiger? Most players picked the grizzly.
What’s your favorite Rihanna song? Don’t have one? Name any song at all.
What would you be if you weren’t an NFL player? Someone who will avoid being named admitted they would likely be in prison.
What was your favorite moment of the season? To which Eagles QB Jalen Hurts answered that the season isn’t over yet.
What crazy conspiracy theories do you believe in? Kansas City RB Jerick McKinnon avoids all conspiracy theories.
What do you think of Arizona, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? McKinnon said Old Town Scottsdale and the WM Open.
Players weren’t just asked questions, they were asked to participate in stunts. There was a bedazzled football to hold. And a cowboy hat to don, while playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about a cheese dip recipe.
About the only thing missing was a dull moment as personalities abounded.
The Philadelphia Eagles will win Super Bowl 57, according to a simulation from Madden NFL 23.
The video game simulated Sunday’s game at State Farm Stadium and the simulation has the Eagles earning a 31-17 win over the Chiefs.
According to the simulation, Jalen Hurts could have a big game on Sunday. He threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns — with an additional 88 yards and another score on the ground in the simulation to earn game MVP honors.
The Arizona Republic predicts a closer game in its predictions, but with the same team winning. It has the final score being Eagles 27, Chiefs 24.
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The Eagles are a 1.5-point favorite, according to Tipico Sportsbook.
The Eagles are -125 on the moneyline in the game.
The Chiefs are +105.
The over/under for the game is set at 51 points.
Nothing comes close to the Super Bowl when it comes to the single sporting event that generates the most bets in the United States. Super Bowl 57 is in line to set a record for most money wagered on the king of all American sporting events.
The amount could reach $700 million for the Super Bowl alone, one expert believes, with somewhere around a billion dollars wagered on all sports combined in Arizona in the month of February.
With the game being played in Glendale this month, it marks the first time the Super Bowl will take place in a state that offers legal sports betting.
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− Jose M. Romero
NFL players to sign autographs at Phoenix Verizon stores
Several Arizona Cardinals and other NFL players will sign autographs for fans at Phoenix-area Verizon stores leading up to the Super Bowl.
Here is the schedule:
Zach Ertz – Wednesday, Feb. 8.4-5 p.m., W Bell Road, 7608 W. Bell Rd., Glendale, AZ
DeAndre Hopkins – Thursday, Feb. 9, 3-4 p.m., Peoria Crossings, 9184 W. Northern Ave., Ste. 101, Glendale, AZ
Deebo Samuel -Friday, Feb. 10, 4-5 p.m., Desert Ridge, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd, Ste. 16-1010, Phoenix, AZ
Trevor Lawrence -Friday, Feb. 10, 2-3 p.m., Avondale Gateway, 10120 W. McDowell Rd., Avondale, AZ
Jamal Charles – Saturday, Feb. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Camelback, 4811 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ
Brian Dawkins – Saturday, Feb. 11, 3-4 p.m., Tempe Marketplace, 39 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ
Bowling with Legends
Bowling with Legends, a charity event headlined by Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, will be held Thursday at Mavrix Bowling and Event Center in Scottsdale.
A bowling competition featuring various teams competing with Moon’s will be held from 3 pm to 5:45 pm Moon’s team includes fellow Hall of Fame members John Randle, Andre Reed and Anthony Munoz, as well as former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia.
Other NFL players expected to participate are Vince Young, Mike Wilson, Mark Rypien, Andre Ware, Eric Wright and Clinton Portis.
The event benefits Brothers in Arms, a charitable foundation led by Moon, Ware and Young that offers financial assistance and scholarships to student-athletes being raised in a single-parent environment, as well as the Arizona non-profit “Keeping Teachers Teaching.”
For more information, go to https://legendsbowl.com/ or call 866.325.3436
Service opportunity in Phoenix this week
Kids in Need Foundation will team up with volunteers to assemble 10,000 backpacks filled with core school supplies for students in the Phoenix area on Thursday from 12:45 pm to 4 pm at Skyline Prep High School (7500 S. 40th Street, Phoenix).
The event will be co-hosted by former Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
Last week, the most expensive tickets for Super Bowl 57 on resale sites were running for around $25,000.
There are now some going for more than $100,000.
The cheapest tickets available for Sunday’s Chiefs vs. Eagles game on resale sites are currently going for around $5,800 each.
You can get a breakdown of the latest Super Bowl ticket prices here.
Monday’s Super Bowl events schedule
The NFL will hold a Welcome to Super Bowl LVII press conference at 11:30 am, out on by the Arizona Super Bowl host committee, to celebrate the opening of Super Bowl week.
From 1 to 3 pm, there will be a Special Olympics Unified Flag game at Valley Vista High school in Surprise.
Super Bowl Opening Night is at the Footprint Center in Phoenix on Monday night, beginning at 6 pm The event includes photo and interview sessions with Super Bowl players, a joint team appearance and a joint broadcast interview with head coaches and QBs from each team.
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Where the Chiefs, Eagles are practicing, staying Super Bowl week
The Chiefs are practicing at Arizona State university this week, on the ASU football team’s practice fields in Tempe.
The Eagles are at the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe.
The Chiefs are staying at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, while the Eagles are staying at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix.
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A problem with the New York Giants’ Super Bowl rings at Super Bowl Experience
Easily the two biggest draws at the NFL Experience, based on how many people were lined up for them over the weekend, were the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the display of all 56 Super Bowl rings. People waited for an hour or more to see all the NFL bling, and were able to get close to the silver, gold and precious stones.
There was just one problem – two of the New York Giants’ rings were out of sequence.
The ring exhibit displays them in chronological order, starting with the Green Bay Packers’ rings from the first two Super Bowls and ending with the Rams’ jewelry from last season.
The rings for the Giants’ first two Super Bowls, from the 1986 and 1990 seasons, were swapped. After the Bears’ ring from their 1985 “Super Bowl Shuffle” season, you see the Giants’ ring from Super Bowl XXV. That ring features two diamonds, for both of New York’s wins under coach Bill Parcells.
The ring from Super Bowl XXI comes after the ones for XXII, XXIII and XXIV. This one is quite distinctive because it has the Lombardi Trophy, made up of 10 diamonds, sitting on a large sapphire background. The Lombardi Trophy carries a little extra significance for the Giants because the man for whom it was named was the team’s offensive coordinator the last time New York had won the NFL title, 1956. (That could be coincidental, but it’s a nice touch.)
It did not appear any of the other rings were out of sequence. The NFL Experience is closed (except for the NFL Shop, naturally) until Thursday, so there’s time for someone to make this right.
− Mark Faller
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