Of all the people to perfectly articulate Super Bowl logic, Harry Potter was not one I would have bet on. What is Super Bowl logic, you ask? Super Bowl logic is when football fans whose teams are not in the game pick one to root for. Even many of us who sit out the season have the impulse to pick a side and for this we must employ Super Bowl logic. I, a lifelong 49er, am rooting for our arch rivals, The Los Angeles Rams. 1) I live in LA now 2) Their quarterback, Jared Goff, is a fellow Marinite (person who grew up in Marin County, California) and 3) They’re playing Tom Brady and his New England Patriots. It was that third reason that Daniel Radcliffe used while promoting his latest project, Miracle Workers, at Sundance. When asked why he was taking the Rams over the Patriots, Daniel said it was simple – the Pats need to stop winning. And then he (proverbially) snatched Brady’s MAGA hat:
Daniel Radcliffe says he’s rooting for the Rams in the #SuperBowl and has a message for Tom Brady: "Take that MAGA hat out your locker" | #Sundance #VarietyStudio presented by @ATT pic.twitter.com/uGI608bP3b
— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2019
Variety: Who are you routing for in the Super Bowl:
Daniel Radcliffe: Rams. Because, like, the whole world is routing against the Patriots. Like, sorry.
V: Should Tom Brady retire?
DR: No. But he should stop winning things. Take that MAGA hat outta your locker. I feel like that was the moment when we, as a country, were all, ‘Come on, dude! We all want you… you’re awesome and behind you, don’t put that in there.’
[From Variety via Dlisted]
Being out of the Harry Potter loop, is Daniel ours now? “We, as a country,” is planting a foot in the States, yes? Yay for us. But back to Super Bowl logic – one rule is that any team that is not your team only get to win so many times. After their win quota is met, they become public enemy number one. As a country, to borrow Daniel’s phrase, we lost our collective minds when the Pats triumphed in Super Bowl XXXVI (they beat the St. Louis Rams, btw). Since then, all the spectacular victories and made-for-the-movies comebacks were nothing but annoying to anyone outside of the New England sphere. It isn’t Patriot hate, it’s football 101. I don’t actually mean the terrible insults I hurl at Brady regularly, he’s just not allowed to win anymore… unless he becomes a Niner, then he can win all he wants.
But the MAGA hat falls outside Super Bowl logic, and Daniel’s point hit the nail on the head. When that damnable red hat appeared in frame during Brady’s locker room interview and Brady gave a jovial nod in favor of #45′s candidacy, most of us threw the towel in. It wasn’t even that we didn’t know he was friendly with #45. The comment was one thing but the visible hat was a message. Knowing what we know now, I do think Brady should be held accountable. But I imagine he will now, in part, because even if his wife, Gisele, gave him hell for it before, you know his kids will after they catch wind of this: “Dad! You pissed off Harry Potter? MAKE IT RIGHT!”
As a footnote. Both Bay Area bred QBs, Brady and Goff, idolized the same football hero growing up: San Francisco 49er quarterback Joe Montana. So, using Super Bowl logic, no matter who wins on Sunday, I’m still counting it as a Niner victory.
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