Does it seem like every clock around you is running more slowly than usual? Does it seem like every day has 25 or 26 hours?
It’s not just you, OK?
As of Sunday, it’s been 18,277 days since the Kansas City Chiefs played in Super Bowl IV. Just seven days remain until they play in their next one: Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers. So we’re really — finally — on the terminal phase of this thing.
But it still just can’t seem to get here quickly enough!
Chiefs players had the day off on Saturday as the support staff packed up the team’s equipment for the trip to Miami. According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both teams will arrive in Miami on Sunday.
Both the Chiefs and 49ers fly to Miami today to continue their preparations for Super Bowl LIV.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2020
The Chiefs are scheduled to land in Miami about 4:30 pm, with the 49ers scheduled to land shortly after 7 pm.
The Chiefs are set to arrive at about 3:30 p.m. (Arrowhead Time), while the 49ers will get to Miami at about 6 p.m. Arrowhead Time.
After that, the Chiefs will do their best to return to a normal practice routine before the Super Bowl begins; we know they will practice at least on Monday and Tuesday. We expect to learn more about the team’s practice schedule as the week continues.
On Thursday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said the game plan is ready to go.
“What we try to do is get the game plan in now, before you have the distractions down in Miami,” he explained. “We’ve worked hard at that — as coaches and the players — to get most of the information. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be a little tweak here or there that you have to fix before the game. But for right now, just about 100 percent of the game plan is in and ready to go.”
Last week, Reid acknowledged that while Super Bowl week in the host city will get crazy, the team has been doing everything they can to keep the players focused on the business at hand.
“I have been there and have been through it,” he said. “I know the fact that there are things that go on down there. There are just a lot of events and a lot of media responsibilities. We have to just make sure that we stay on top of that and keep that organized. [Chiefs public relations director] Ted Crews does a phenomenal job with that. Then... we go.
“I try to keep everything cut-and-dry. The guys know where they’re going, where they’re at and what they have to do. I’m not just keeping them busy to keep them busy. I trust that they’re men and that they’ll handle it the right way.”
Monday evening will be Super Bowl Opening Night — the name now given to the absolutely insane media availability that was previously known as Super Bowl Media Day. Our own Pete Sweeney will arrive in Miami on Monday morning. He will be among the 6,000 journalists who will be in town to cover the game — and do their best to snag some hors d’oeuvres as the trays go by.
At the end, there will be a football game. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time this coming Sunday.
Are we there yet?