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Why Bruce Arians still ‘has love’ for Kansas City

Super Bowl 55 Extra Points | The Bucs coach’s son used to be a ball boy for the Chiefs. Plus, your “awwwwww” moment of the day.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians' son, Jake, used to be a ball boy for the Chiefs.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians' son, Jake, used to be a ball boy for the Chiefs. [ MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Feb. 2, 2021|Updated Feb. 2, 2021

Bucs coach Bruce Arians’ favorite memory from his Kansas City days wasn’t just on the football field. It instead had to do with his son Jake being a ball boy for the Chiefs. Jake had to clean laundry and do other tasks in River Falls, Wis., where the Chiefs spent training camp from 1991 to 2009.

Arians started his NFL coaching career with the Chiefs, making the jump from Temple to the pros. He was running backs coach (1989-92) on coach Marty Schottenheimer’s staff. That started Arians’ journey from K.C. to Tampa Bay and Sunday’s matchup against counterpart Andy Reid.

“I grew up a Baltimore Colts fan, so when I put that blue horseshoe on for (owner) Jim Irsay, that was like the ultimate (moment),” said Arians, 68, hired by the Colts in 1998. “But wearing that arrowhead for Kansas City was right next to it. Great place to live. Just the organization. (Former Chiefs general manager) Carl Peterson was fantastic. I still look forward to seeing Carl every time I see him.”

Arians said he still “has love” for the Chiefs. He added he remembers the great coaching staff he joined, guys such as Tony Dungy and Bill Cowher (both Hall of Famers), Tom Pratt, Howard Mudd, Joe Pendry and others.

“First-class organization,” Arians said. “(Late owner) Lamar Hunt might be the greatest man that I’ve ever worked for. The (Bucs owners) Glazers were fantastic, but Lamar was very, very special.”

Kansas City Star

Meme of the day

You betcha, lots of legal wagering this year

A survey commissioned by gambling.com shows millions of adults are planning to wage legal bets on the Super Bowl, many of them for the first time.

The survey polled 1,000 adults in each of four key sports betting states: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Michigan. One in three adults in New Jersey and Pennsylvania plan to bet on the game; one in four in Colorado and Michigan.

Sports betting is now regulated and taxed in 18 states. New Jersey and Pennsylvania were among the first to regulate sports betting in 2018; Colorado and Michigan are two of the newest.

Now as far as actual bets, this from Darren Rovell of the Action Network: “A bettor at Caesars Palace placed a $520,000 bet on Chiefs -3 (-120), making it the biggest reported bet on Kansas City yet. BetMGM previously reported multiple wagers worth $100,000. In this case, a Kansas City cover nets $433,333.35.”

The Bucs also have their own heavyweight believer, per Rovell: “A bettor in Nevada placed a $2.3 million bet (on the Bucs) at +3.5 (-115) to profit $2 million at BetMGM. … The biggest bet placed on last year’s Super Bowl was for $750,000 on Kansas City -1.5.”

Oh, the Chiefs covered.

Did you know?

All right, think we all know by now that Tom Brady is the player with the most Super Bowls (six). Who is second? Answer below.

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Numbers game

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Percent of the time in his 20 seasons as a starter Tom Brady has made the Super Bowl (and we know, he’s in his 21st season, but he didn’t start Year 1). A little perspective, per NFL Research. That means he’s more likely to make the Super Bowl than …

• Michael Jordan to make a shot (49.7)

• Babe Ruth to get on base (47.4)

• Cristiano Ronaldo to score in a World Cup game (41.2)

Or ex-Buc Roberto Aguayo to make a field goal. Okay, cheap shot; it only felt that way.

Quotable

“This is what I like to see in championship games — the old versus the new. … I used to watch these type of karate movies growing up because at some point, the student must kill the master to become the master.”

— Shaquille O’Neal, on the Brady-Mahomes matchup. Oh, so that’s why Mr. Miyagi was so relieved there was no Karate Kid V.

Answer

Hall of Fame DE/LB Charles Haley, five (two with 49ers, three with Cowboys)

Compiled by Times staff writer Anthony Perez.

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