Of course, there’s a part of me who wants to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the brakes off the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 53. I mean, I think there’s a part in us all.
Alternately, I’m sure there’s a piece of every Raiders fan who’d like to see Jon Gruden lead the Silver and Black into the big game against Tampa and return the chop-shop treatment they got back in 2003.
Chances are it won’t happen. I mean, each team only has a one in sixteen shot at making it, right?
Rarely do we see re-matches in the title bout, but boy what a fight it would be. So, as I make my pick I want to be clear; it’s not that I don’t want to see Raiders v Bucs part-two, there’s just a different connection I’d like to see this franchise win right now.
Jameis Winston v Marcus Mariota. In some sense, Mariota has won rounds two and three but we’ve got a lot of rounds left before the cards are turned in.
Winston was the number-one overall pick coming out of Florida State four seasons ago. But then Mariota’s Titans got the win in the first and only head-to-head thus far, and with their playoff berth in the NFL’s version of the NBA Eastern Conference, the former Duck has taken the career lead by a wing.
Winning a Super Bowl first and winning it against the Titans would give the Buccaneers’ franchise leader a one-two back-to-back rounds four and five victory and put Winston ahead on the career card once again.
Truth be told, I’d like to see Mike Vrabel win a Super Bowl as a head coach. Maybe after Dirk Koetter retires after a few of his own and leaving as a Bucs coaching legend, Vrabel can head down to Florida for a few title runs.
But that’s a story for a different day.
These are our choices for who we want to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face in Super Bowl 53 this upcoming season.
Who do you want to see the team match-up against and why? Let us know, and thanks for reading!