It was 2 p.m. on the eve of Super Bowl Eve. In a little while, Brent Musburger would be ensconced in the VSiN broadcast booth at the South Point sports book, counting down the hours to the 52nd installment of The Big Game.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick can talk for hours about the influence his father had on what is the pre-eminent coaching resume in NFL history, having grown up around those practices and meetings at Navy.
Brady will try on Sunday to win a sixth Super Bowl title with the Patriots, a feat that assuredly places the quarterback among the greatest sport champions in American history.
We might be looking at the most efficiently run Super Bowl week in recent memory, and perhaps all memories.
The Vikings aren’t playing in their stadium this week, just another loop in the postseason belt of despair that has included four Super Bowl losses.
While early indications are this could prove the most hospitable of Super Bowls, the Patriots-Eagles clash began with the tamest of opening acts.