What Team Will be the Next Long Shot to Win the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 is next up for NFL teams following the New England Patriots thrilling win over the Seattle Seahawks. The win by New England was the latest milestone over a remarkable run of 14 seasons.

Since 2001, New England has won the AFC East title 12 times, reached the AFC Championship 9 times, made six appearances in the Super Bowl and won four Vince Lombardi trophies.

At one time however, the Pats were big underdogs. In fact, New England was the last real long shots to win the Super Bowl, a team that came from nowhere to claim a Super Bowl ring.

In 2001, New England won its first Super Bowl over St. Louis. The Rams were heavily favored to win Super Bowl 36. The Patriots that year however were the last NFL champions to have ended their previous season with a record below .500.

The past 12 Super champions, according to Bovada and betonline, including this year’s Pats, all had records of 8-8 or better the year preceding their NFL title. Overall, those same winners of the Super Bowl averaged 11 wins the previous year.

Of the past 25 winners of the Super Bowl, only the 2001 Patriots and the 1999 Rams had losing records in the season prior to their Super Bowl victories.

The Patriots paid out big in 2001 as they entered the season as 50 to 1 long shots to win the title that year.

Not since then has a Super Bowl long shot lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Of the past 25 winners of the Super Bowl, 18 won 10 or more game the season prior to winning the NFL title. According to topbet and sportsbook.com, this just completed season had 12 teams that won 10 games or more including the two entrants in the Super Bowl.

Of those 12 teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens are the long shots on the Super Bowl 50 futures board with 30 to 1 odds. Others include Cincinnati at 25 to 1, Detroit at 22 to 1, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at 20 to 1.

With those odds, Baltimore has the most appeal; they pushed the Patriots to their limit during the divisional playoffs and did that with significant injuries.

However, while a win in the Super Bowl by Baltimore would be a long shot, it would not be a stunning surprise. The Ravens have been perennial contenders and Super Bowl champions.

The biggest sleepers would be the Houston Texans at 50 to 1 and the Buffalo Bills at 60 to 1. Both finished over .500 at 9-7 last season, both have strong defenses and a positive point differential.

Three Reasons Why the NFL is Dropping the ‘L’ From Super Bowl 50

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Because the NFL was terrified of being branded "losers" they won't use the 'L' for Super Bowl 50.

I remember learning Roman numerals back when I was in elementary school. This was a time in America where kids didn’t ask “why?” to every single thing their teacher or parent told them to do. I recall thinking that it was a little odd interpreting letters as numbers but I did what I was told and from that day forward I’ve been easily able to you what every Super Bowl from the first to the most recent was without having to ask ‘Siri.’

The first couple of Super Bowls weren’t really the ‘Super Bowl’ though. It as known as the ‘AFL-NFL Championship Game’ prior to Super Bowl IV when Lamar Hunt coined the phrase ‘Super Bowl’ for the first time as he Chiefs prepared to play the Vikings. Based upon yesterday’s news from the National Football League, Hunt is probably rolling over in his grave.

The NFL announced that for Super Bowl L in San Francisco they are dropping the ‘L.’ Instead, they will use the numeric number ’50’ instead. I’ll get into the real reasons why they are doing this in a second but you can be sure there is plenty behind this decision.

So just why is this happening now?Why is the NFL doing this for just one season you must be thinking? Here’s why and you’re either going to laugh out loud or just put you head in your hands and weep like a baby.

Reason #1: The most obvious reason is that because the ‘L’ hand signal means ‘loser.’ If someone gets your attention and holds one of their hands up

Perhaps we need to go back to teaching elementary kids Roman numerals.

showing  you just his or her thumb and forefinger, then think you’re a loser! If they do that and hold it up their forehead then a you’re a super loser! There’s no way the NFL can have millions of people displaying their respective ‘loser’ signs to Commissioner Roger Goodell at the Super Bowl so the league’s answer is to eliminate that possible embarrassment,

Reason #2: Now this one is almost as crucial as #1 considering the situation. If you make the motion with BOTH hands, connect them at the thumb and then turn the left ‘L’ down, you’ll have made ‘LA.’ Do you have any idea what you could do if you starting flashing that at the sire of Super Bowl 50? The game will be played in San Francisco which is of course the number one rival and most hated rival of teams in…. Los Angeles!!!

Furthermore, there has not been an NFL franchise in Los Angeles for 20 years. Goodell can’t have people running around the city by the bay putting up ‘LA’ signs all over the place. There would likely be riots! Save the wharf!

Reason #3: Americans are dumb. We don’t teach children Roman numerals anymore or so I’ve recently been told. Therefore, there are generations of Americans who are totally unaware of what the ‘X’s and V’s’ mean. In fact, I would be willing to bet that if you surveyed all 32 NFL teams, less than half of the players would not have a clue as to what most Super Bowl numerals equate to.

I don’t mean to pick on the players because more than a solid majority of Americans would be trying to spell things using the numerals rather than actually realizing they’re numbers!

Roger Goodell and the NFL cannot be party to the pending embarrassment that would surely happen should the ‘L’ be allowed to remain. They are far and away America’s most popular brand right now and they cannot be embroiled in a debate over this country’s educational failings.

So for one year, 50 it is. But you better watch out there Mr. LI because I’m sure you mean something too!