Is that enough tired labels after the craziest NFL's championship Sunday of them all?
We have two more weeks to discuss the New England Patriots playing the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl, too. And we'll discuss it. And discuss it.
And so here, as an annual public-service announcement, are the Top 10 topics you'll be tired of by kickoff:
1. Bill Belichick, Einstein, vs. Sean McVay, Young Einstein. They'll try to dismiss this, but it's no use. When Belichick started his run with the Patriots, McVay was just a high school sophomore. So if the stuff between Belichick's headsets is certified, McVay still has some proving ground. Something they do have in common besides well-coached teams: Big-time luck with officials (See No. 4) and a field goal kicker who makes big kicks, like the Rams' Greg Zuerlein did 48- and 57-yard kicks Sunday with the season on the line.
2. Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff. Brady, 41, beat Patrick Mahomes, 23, on Sunday in the football version of H-O-R-S-E. Now comes the 24-year-old Goff. He must feel like a father knowing he can't beat his sons forever. And then he beats them again. If you're a fan of excellence, you're a fan of Brady, even if you're not a Patriots fan. He's the best quarterback of all time. He keeps proving it when the argument is long settled, too.
3. The Defense-Wins-Championships Club will meet next to the Flat-Earth Society. New England ranked seventh in the league in scoring defense. So you can make the case defense wins. But the last two teams standing are the league's highest-scoring offenses this regular season. In fact, the final four teams were the four highest-scoring offenses. The Rams defense did play great in Sunday's overtime win against New Orleans. It also ranked 20th in the regular season.
4. Brian Flores, Dolphins coach-in-waiting. The de facto Patriots' defensive coordinator saw his plans work brilliantly in the first half when Kansas City was shut out. But then that old micro-manager, Belichick, obviously got in the middle of everything in the second half as the Chiefs dropped 31 points on the Patriots. With Belichick out of the way next year, Flores will be ready to spread his wings, Dolphins fans.
5. The worst refereeing call in the history of the sports won't be forgotten. Wait, that doesn't go far enough for what happened in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. It was the worst call in the history of the world. Worse than Adam being kicked out of the Garden of Eden for flagrant eating. Worse than Rip Van Winkle being sent to the penalty box for 200 years. This call that kept New Orleans from the Super Bowl was so bad the officials missed two obvious calls: 1) pass interference by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and 2) a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. The furor over this will run through the Super Bowl, if New Orleans coach Sean Payton has a say. And he does. He's on the NFL Rules Committee.
6. The Patriots have been in the Super Bowl three straight years, while the last time the Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl, Warren Beatty was their quarterback. Seriously. This is for the movie fans. "Heaven Can Wait" is one of the all-time best football movies about a Rams quarterback who dies in an accident, is re-incarnated as an old man, still wants to be quarterback and ... well, Beatty pulls off the Hollywood ending. Can someone get him on the line?
7. Ndamukong Suh and Warren Buffett. Hey, it's my favorite interview story ever. No, not Suh, who is this year's former Dolphin entry to the Super Bowl. The interview with Buffett. They formed a friendship at Nebraska, where Suh played and Buffett invested. I called Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway corporation and asked for the media-relations department. "Why are you calling?" the company receptionist asked. I explained why. "Just a second," I was told. The phone rang again. "Mr. Buffett's office," a voice said. I again explained my call. She said, "Mr. Buffett is on another line, can you call back in 10 minutes?" I called back in 10 minutes. The third-richest man on earth talked for 20 minutes. No stock tips, though.
8. Atlanta. Why is the Super Bowl here? It's one of those betwixt and between places. Not hot. Not cold. It has a dome, of course, so the corporate money won't shiver. But seriously. Atlanta botched the Olympics and had an ice storm at a previous Super Bowl. Beyond that, no Super Bowl should occur in a place where a fresh grouper sandwich isn't on the menu. That should be the first rule in awarding these events. That keeps it in the necessary rotation of New Orleans, South Florida, Los Angeles and, in a more perfect world, San Diego.
9. C.J. Anderson > Todd Gurley. I don't say so. Young Einstein did. McVay played Anderson, who was cut this year by the Denver, Carolina and Oakland, on Sunday over Gurley, who is considered the best running back in the league. This will demand questions, insight and, hopefully, a wee bit of Super Bowl Week controversy just to stir the pot of public discussion.
10. Patriots 27, Rams 24. Years of Pavlovian conditioning mean I can't pick against the Patriots in any game, much less a Super Bowl, without breaking into a terrible rash.