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Hello, I’m your host, Houston Mitchell. Let’s go straight to the news.

Bill Shaikin on the Super Bowl: The Los Angeles Rams haven’t won the Super Bowl, either at their current residence or in their first run in town. Now the Rams are in Super Bowl 2022, the game is taking place at Sofi Stadium, and Los Angeles fans have the chance to witness history without flying out.

Yes, you can be there. No, tickets are not sold out. And, damn it, it would put a dent in even the thickest of wallets.

The average price of a ticket on the open market, Monday morning: $10,540, according to TicketIQ.

You could spend that amount of money on four nights — Super Bowl weekend and Valentine’s Day Monday! — in a suite at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, often called “the most luxurious hotel in the world”. You could spend that amount on a seat at Dodger Stadium — field level, for all 81 games. You could spend that amount on a double-double at In-N-Out every day for the next six years, with money left over for fries.

But it’s the local team in the local Super Bowl, and you still want to go. The NFL, not the Rams, controls the ticket supply. The NFL takes 25% of tickets for its use, some of which goes to league officials, partners and sponsors, and some to On Location Experiences, a luxury ticket provider in which the NFL has a stake.

This is why the game is not exhausted. These luxury tickets are on sale, all with amenities ranging from “high tailgate fare” to “upscale open bar and cuisine,” and with Monday prices ranging from $5,737 to sit on the upper deck at $36,125 to sit on the 50-yard line. Buy a package with four seats on the 50, add the 18% “service charge” for tickets delivered to your phone, and the grand total comes to $166,498.

On Monday morning, StubHub listed four seats on the 50-yard line at $46,681 each. For four seats, the sale price was $234,814.69, including a service charge of $48,081.68 and a “processing fee” of $8.

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AND THEN, WHERE TO PARK?

Tickets for on-site parking are on sale now. The prices are :

Standard size automobile: $120

Sprinter limo and van: $240

Minibus: $300

Bus: $360

For more tips and tricks on where to park and what time to get to the stadium, click here.

WILL TYLER HIGBEE PLAY?

Gary Klein on the Rams: Rams tight end Tyler Higbee sprained his knee ligament in the NFC Championship Game win over the San Francisco 49ers, and his Super Bowl status is uncertain, reported Monday coach Sean McVay.

“We are working on different avenues,” McVay said during a video conference with reporters. “He’s such a tough guy, we’re going to do everything in our power to try and get him back and ready to go.

“But we are working on some things.”

Cooper Kupp said on Monday “it didn’t look good” when he saw Higbee leave the field, but he didn’t rule out he could return to the game.

“Higbee is so tough, he’s been through so much, you never know if you’ll see Big-Rig Higs back on the court again,” Kupp said.

Kendall Blanton stepped in as Higbee and caught five passes for 57 yards.

SOME POINTS TO REMEMBER

There were a few key takeaways from Sunday’s win over the 49ers, but here’s the main one:

Sean McVay is walking a tightrope with some of his game management decisions

McVay had made questionable choices in the divisional round victory over defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the Rams still emerged with a win despite four fumbles lost.

Against the 49ers, McVay’s failed challenges left the Rams with no time out with about 10 minutes left. Once again, the Rams escaped.

It’s not a situation the Rams want to repeat at the Super Bowl.

For the rest of Gary Klein’s takeaways, click here.

SUPER BOWL: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Super Bowl Sunday
February 13
at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood

Rams vs. Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. PT, Rams favored by 4 1/2 points

TV: NBC and Telemundo.
Radio: Radio Westwood One (AM 570 in Los Angeles), SiriusXM NFL Radio, NFL GamePass.
Diffusion: NFL app (iOS, Android), Peacock app (iOS, Android), Telemundo app (iOS, Android), Yahoo Sports

To buy tickets (after mortgaging your home to pay for them): Ticketmaster, OnLocation, HOFExperiences, VividSeats, SeatGeek

Half time show: Recording artists Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar are scheduled to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL has yet to announce who will sing the national anthem before the game.

Coronavirus guidelines if attending: Per Los Angeles County coronavirus health and safety guidelines, all fans in attendance must be vaccinated. Fans attending the game will be required to wear masks and will be provided with KN95 masks.

Just for fun, over the next two weeks we’ll be hosting a tournament to determine the best Super Bowl/NFL/AFL champion of all time. Teams were seeded 1-64 (using a combination of regular season record, regular season point differential, and playoff point differential) and split into four regions, much like the men’s basketball tournament in the NCAA. Using the computer game Second And Ten, we will run the games to determine the best team of all. Since there are only 55 Super Bowl-winning teams, we’ve chosen nine pre-Super Bowl-era teams to compete in, all of them NFL or AFL champions. They are: 1950 Cleveland Browns, 1951 Los Angeles Rams, 1953 Detroit Lions, 1960 Philadelphia Eagles, 1961 Houston Oilers, 1962 Green Bay Packers, 1963 San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears of 1963 and the Buffalo Bills of 1964.

We start with the results of the first round from the Jim Brown region:

Jim Brown area
First round results

No. 1 1972 Miami Dolphins d. No. 16 New York Giants 2011, 24-7
Mercury Morris rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns and the Dolphins defense held Eli Manning nine of 24 assists, with two interceptions, one par Jake Scottthe other by Curtis Johnson.

No. 2 1962 Green Bay Packers d. 15 Green Bay Packers 2010, 36-30 (OT)
Bart Star dominated Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, passing for 345 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner at Boyd Dowler with nine minutes remaining in extra time

No. 3 1986 New York Giants d. No. 14 New England Patriots of 2001, 33-7
Tom Brady threw five interceptions in a game the Giants completely dominated.

No. 4 1973 Miami Dolphins d. No. 13 2015 Denver Broncos, 17-16
dick anderson returned a 68-yard interception for a touchdown for the Dolphins as both offenses struggled,

No. 5 1977 Dallas Cowboys d. No. 12 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-7
Robert Newhouse rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown and Tony Dorset also rushed for a touchdown. The Cowboys defense held Ben Roethlisberger to 5 of 16 passes for 27 yards and an interception before being eliminated from the game by injury.

No. 11 1993 Dallas Cowboys d. No. 6 1970 Baltimore Colts, 23-21
Emmit Smith rushed for 81 yards and a TD and Troy Aikman passed for 202 yards as the Cowboys took a 23-7 lead before withstanding a furious Colts rally in the fourth quarter. Johnny Unita passed for 253 yards and a touchdown.

No. 10 2000 Baltimore Ravens d. 7 Seattle Seahawks 2013, 26-10
Thirty Dilfer passed for 173 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Stover kicked four field goals for the Ravens, who stopped Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

No. 9 1963 San Diego Chargers d. 8 New York Giants of 1990, 27-0
Tobin Rote passed for 219 yards (111 to Jacques Mackinnon) and the Charger defense held Phil Sims 68 passing yards (7 of 20).

Tomorrow: Walter Payton Area first-round results. The teams:

No. 1 1985 Chicago Bears
#2 Denver Broncos in 1998
No. 3 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 4 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 5 1963 Chicago Bears
No. 6 1953 Detroit Lions
No. 7 1994 San Francisco 49ers
No. 8 Philadelphia Eagles 2017
No. 9 1969 Kansas City Chiefs
10 Denver Broncos of 1997
No. 11 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 12 1974 Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 13 Indianapolis Colts 2006
No. 14 New England Patriots 2018
No. 15 Los Angeles Rams of 1952
No. 16 New York Giants 2007

SUPER BOWL POLLS

Two Super Bowl polls to vote on: Which team will win and who will be named the game’s MVP? Click here to vote. Results will be announced on Super Bowl Sunday.

I asked you to send me the name of your favorite football player and why, and I was inundated with responses. The answers will be printed from today. Keep sending them by emailing me at [email protected] Include a few sentences explaining why this player is your favorite. This is your chance to be read by the tens of thousands of people who subscribe.

David Bergé from La Palma: I grew up watching Fran Tarkenton lead the Minnesota Vikings with his incredible ability to get out of harm’s way. He led the Vikings to three Super Bowl losses, an admittedly questionable feat. Also, I share a birthday with him.

I was Boever from Coarsegold: Deacon Jones. The slap would result in assault charges in today’s NFL. For good reason, a time gone by when player health and well-being gave way to the sheer brutality of the game. No one knows the exact damage this signature move did to the future health of the opponent. But the vision of it in my mind still makes my ears tinkle to this day.

Alfred Plumer: Daryle Lamonica. I loved how he opened up the passing game with deep passes. So precise.

David Scardino of San Pedro: Although I’m a Jets fan and revere Joe Namath, the obvious choice is Jim Brown, by far the greatest I’ve ever seen (and I’m an NFL fan and watched games since 1958.)

and finally

Highlights from Super Bowl I. Watch and listen here.

Super Bowl II Highlights. Watch and listen here.

Highlights from Super Bowl III. Watch and listen here.

Highlights from Super Bowl IV. Watch and listen here.

Until next time…

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