Morning Briefing: It’s official, the Rams will win the Super Bowl

Jared Goff and Tom Brady
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Call off Sunday’s Super Bowl because there’s no reason to play it anymore.

EA Sports’ “Madden NFL 19” simulated the game on Monday, and the Rams defeated the New England Patriots, 30-27.

Aaron Donald was named MVP after sacking Tom Brady four times.

The score was tied, 20-20, after three quarters. Greg Zuerlein kicked a 53-yard field goal to give the Rams a 23-20 lead before Brady completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to James White to put the Patriots ahead, 27-23.

With time running out, Jared Goff marched the Rams down the field and Todd Gurley scored the winning touchdown on a five-yard run.


Goff had 303 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception, and Robert Woods had eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown for the Rams. Julian Edelman had eight catches for 104 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots. Sony Michel rushed for 103 yards for New England.

The Madden games are always right, including last year when, wait, what? They had New England defeating Philadelphia 24-20 last season?

Never mind then. Go ahead and play the game as scheduled.

He did what?

As golf continues in its quest to be the sport with the dumbest or weirdest rules violations, a caddie is in the spotlight for um, standing.

Li Haotong’s caddie made a big mistake at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic over the weekend. According to Alistair Tait of Golfweek, Mike Burrow broke rule 10.3b(3) while Li was putting on the 18th hole Sunday. The rule states that a caddie cannot “deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the line of play behind the player’s ball when the player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made.”

The violation carried a two-stroke penalty and dropped Li from third to fifth, costing him $98,000.

That’s a relief

Good news Patriots fans! Pat Patriot will be at the Super Bowl!

See, the person who wears the Pat Patriot costume (note to Patriot fans: Yes, that is a person in a costume; sorry to break it to you this way) is really sore after he was tackled by New York Jets safety Jamal Adams at the Pro Bowl. Adams was signing autographs when he noticed Pat wandering around, and as a joke he knocked him to the ground.

The unnamed person in the costume was checked for a concussion and was still sore as of Monday, but reports are that Pat Patriot will be at the big game.

But here’s a question: Couldn’t they have just gotten someone else to wear the costume? I mean, how hard is it to be Pat Patriot? All you have to do is make sure the balls stay underinflated and use a spy camera to figure out what plays the other team is calling during the game.

Five best basketball movies

Just a reminder that there is still time to vote in our poll to determine the five best basketball movies of all time. You can vote by typing in the URL or by emailing me at This will culminate in you voting for the best sports movie of all time, which we will unveil on Oscar night.

We have received about 2,500 ballots so far for the best basketball movies, and the top five right now are:


“White Men Can’t Jump”

“Hoop Dreams”

“Blue Chips”

“He Got Game”

There’s still time to vote, so what are you waiting for? Go do it and pretend you are an Oscars voter.