Shortly before the Chiefs’ 23-13 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Oct. 25, former Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez allowed himself to think about the future. Gonzalez was down on the field before the game, banging the team’s huge ceremonial drum, when he looked up at the Ring of Honor that surrounds the interior lining of the stadium.
One of the best parts about the Super Bowl is the common experience. This is true at Final Fours, and Olympics, and other major events like that, but the platform lends itself to open and somewhat substantive conversations among complete strangers. I’ve been surprised at this, and maybe I shouldn’t be, but I’ve never seen much conflict between fans of the two teams. There seems to be a mutual respect, like, you’re here and I’m here so at least for now let’s just both have fun and enjoy football.