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Webbies make bold predictions about this year’s Super Bowl

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Six teams emerge as strong Superbowl contenders after first 4 game weeks. Graphic courtesy: Matthew Gaw (’21).

While professional sports leagues and college sports conferences subject to various schedule changes during the pandemic, the highly anticipated NFL season was able to kick off as usual in September while playing behind closed doors and with limited crowds. America’s most watched sport could not have resumed at a better time, as Webbies happily welcomed back thrill-packed Sunday afternoons in front of their TV screens.  

We picked out a few Super Bowl contending teams and here are what students had to say about their beloved team. 

Despite growing up in Pasadena, California, Alex Xiao (‘21) is a proud Baltimore Ravens fan who believes that the Ravens will win the 2020-2021 Super Bowl.  

I’ve supported the Ravens since I bandwagoned on them after their Super Bowl in 2013,” said Alex. I think this season is looking pretty good even though the Chiefs just destroyed [the Ravens]. 

“Super Bowl or bustI think the Ravens win the Super Bowl against the Seahawks,” said Alex. I think all the NFL teams lean on their quarterback and the Ravens aren’t different. They got Lamar Jackson and he can take them to the Super Bowl.” 

These expectations might be slightly overblown considering they are in the American Football Conference (AFC) with the Chiefs, who they have lost to both this season and last season.  

The Ravens were 2-0 until the Chiefs’ defense prevented Lamar Jackson from performing up to his usual standard and handed them their first loss of the season iweek threeMany compare the Ravens’ run-heavy offense to the Tennessee Titans, who are also emerging as one of the Super Bowl contenders after coming off to a strong start in the AFC.  

The Tennessee Titans currently sit atop of AFC South with a 3-0 record. The Titans have a solid running game especially due to their lead running back Derek Henry. Last season, the Titans managed to make it to the Conference Championships with their 9-7 record, defeating Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens, who are placed in the number one seed, in remarkable runUnfortunately, the Ravens lost to the Chiefs, who ended up winning the Super Bowl. The Titans have an upcoming game against the Steelers, who are dominating AFC North 

The Seahawks and the Chiefs dominate the league; without a doubt, these two teams will qualify as Super Bowl contenders. While the Seahawks have demonstrated time and again their impressive scoring ability, The Chiefs have left the league in awe after beating Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.  

“Call me a delusional fan, but I believe in Russell Wilson (MVP), Tyler Lockett, and the Seahawks offense,” said Nick Lee (‘22), a new Seahawks fan after being convinced by a childhood friend. “And with Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams, I think we’re set on defence. Add in Pete Carroll, and we’re pretty dangerous this year!  We’re 3-0 so far, so we’re on pace for a perfect season!  

The spectacular performance put on by both teams has led many to believe that not only are the Seahawks and the Chiefs the best teams in the NFL right now, but they also have two of the best quarterbacks. Russel Wilson and Patrick Mahomes up MVP debates from as early as week two. This is no surprise, as both quarterbacks have won the AFC and NFC Player of the week award back to back, along with Patrick Mahomes surpassing ten thousand yards in the fewest amount of games. 

Just around fifty miles away in Inglewood, Southern California’s very own Los Angeles Rams have been off to a hot start this season. Despite narrowly losing out to the Bills in week three, they have reminded fans of the 2019 season, who saw them go all the way to Super Bowl with electrifying performances. 

 “I‘ve been a fan of the Rams since they were in St. Louis , but when they moved to Los Angeles, I definitely started following them more closely,” said Ethan Caldecott (‘21), quarterback of the WSC football team. 

While admitting that he might be slightly biased, Ethan predicts a Super Bowl between the Rams and the Chiefs.  

 Last year Goff had a bit of an off year, and the running back system had no versatility, but this year with Goff back in form and the new three running back system working well, the Rams have become a much more difficult team to play against,” said Ethan.  

With the Rams defense continuing to put up strong performances, it is no surprise that Ethan named all-pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and pro-bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey to lead the team on a potential run to the Super Bowl 

Apart from the powerhouses on the west coast, it is important to remember the Green Bay Packers, who have been a dominant force of the NFC for the past 20 years. Entering his 15th  season in the league, the 2011 Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers is still not showing signs of slowing down, as he repeatedly put up electrifying displays in his first three games. In the most exciting face-off, he defeated fellow veteran Drew Brees in a hard-fought victory over the New Orleans Saints.  

With three-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams and running back Aaron Jones putting up impressive numbers on both ends of the field, there is no doubt that the franchise with four Super Bowls under its belt would once again contend for the Super Bowl. 

While stadiums have noticeably lost some of their roar, this season is clearly nothing short of spectacular. Will Mahomes bring home his second ring, or will new teams rise to the challenge? Amidst the uncertainty of many events this year, one thing we are certain of is that this year’s Super Bowl race is going to be a one-of-a-kind battle.  

 

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Matthew Gaw, Chief Editor of Sports
Matthew Gaw (‘21), hailing from Hong Kong, is currently the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s Chief Sports Editor. With his growing passion for sports, Matthew enjoys watching the NBA, NFL, and the English Premier League. During his free time, he is also an avid lover for hiking, road-biking, and wakeboarding. With the California Wildfires going on nearby, Matthew wants to be an advocate to spread awareness about climate change. In addition to Matthew’s love for the outdoors, Matthew looks forward to being the alamo dorm prefect, along with being aadmissions ambassador. Matthew plans to use these positions to be a role model to his peers, along with helping others feel comfortable at Webb. Before he completes his senior year, he plans on putting up a memorable show in the Spring Musical, which he has been heavily involved in in the last few years. He also hopes to explore a wider variety of topics and venture outside of his comfort zone of writing sports for the Webb Canyon Chronicle.
Bryan Oglesby, Chief Editor of Sports
Bryan Oglesby (‘23) has made himself known in the world of Webb athletics by being both the captain of the varsity football team and track & field team. His love for sports is intertwined with his love for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, as he takes on a new role this year as the Chief Editor of Sports. Being an athlete has given Bryan many talents such as being able to jump over his leg, do handstands, and do front flips, all in that order. Along with football, Bryan’s favorite hobbies are singing, playing a variety of sports with his family, helping the community, and cooking. Bryan loves cooking his favorite meal, beef Wellington, for himself and his friends at social gatherings or just for fun when he’s hungry. Outside the WCC, Bryan is an avid leader in the community by being a head peer advisor and his role in the Empowering Student Voices Initiative. Bryan also prides himself on being a scholar. His favorite class is LA Literary Culture with Mr. Calvert because it puts LA into a different light and has given him a new perspective on the city he grew up in. Going into his senior year, Bryan hopes to write meaningful articles that will benefit the community as well as staying connected to his family during his last year of high school. He hopes to end his final year at the WCC with a bang.   Favorite song: “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye 
Eva Annabi, Co-Editor of Sports & Social Media Manager
Just like a spirited raccoon, Eva Annabi (‘23)’s lively enthusiasm and humor make it natural for her to be an amazing Social Media Manager for the Webb Canyon Chronicle. Eva lives by the quote “ride the wave”, like when she is spending time together with friends or binging shows like Love Island instead of doing her homework. Her various leadership roles as a head day student prefect and president of the Middle Eastern and Rotary clubs also allow her to discuss important topics to her, such as representation for minorities and women at Webb. Some of her special talents include wiggling her ears and rapping the fastest part in Rap God. As she steps into her role as the WCC Social Media Manager this year as well as the Co-Editor of Sports, Eva is thrilled to provide entertaining and informative media content in an effort to increase readership.   Favorite Song: "Ransom" by Lil Tecca

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