As the Kansas City Chiefs went up against the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV, many would expect to see the majority of Californians rooting for the 49ers, but that wasn’t necessarily the case at all the local spots.
“In 50 years, they have never made it to the Super Bowl,” Santa Clarita resident Robert Rivera said, adding that as a Raiders fan, he doesn’t really have a dog in the fight, as he put it. “And, this is Andy Reid’s (the Chief’s head coach) second go about it, so definitely it’d be nice for him to go ahead and get his.”
Santa Clarita resident William Wiebers agreed, adding, “Andy Reid needs to get his Super Bowl ring.”
Though Canyon Country resident and Rams fan Todd McLeish agreed, his reasons were more personal.
“I’m personally rooting for the Chiefs because the Niners and the Rams are rivals, so I’d rather see them not win,” he said, chuckling as the Chiefs were en route to a 31-20 win.
While Tony Phillips is “the football fan,” it was actually his brother Jeff who brought the pair out to The Dudes’ Brewing Co. to watch the game.
“I just came to hang out,” Jeff Phillips said. “It’s just something to do on Sunday. I’m not big into football, and I don’t really care who wins.”
Tony laughed at that, adding that he hoped to see Kansas City come out with the trophy, but thought it would be the 49ers’ win.
“I like their running game,” he said. “If they can’t stop the run, I think the Niners are going to run it down their throats, really. And, if they keep the offensive Kansas City off the field, they should prevail.”
Though most were rooting for the Chiefs, there were still some 49er fans out there, including Santa Clarita resident Ed Benner, who’s been a fan for more than 20 years.
“I’ve been a fan of the 49ers since Joe Montana,” Benner said. “We’re going to win.”