Patrick Mahomes’ Super Bowl Parallel Puts Max Verstappen’s Championship Win to Shame

Published 10/14/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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In the great theater of professional sports, every so often, we’re treated to those enchanting moments of serendipity when one sport’s pinnacle drama mirrors another’s. Enter the mesmerizing tales of Patrick Mahomes’ Super Bowl theatrics and Max Verstappen’s circuit symphony. Mahomes, the NFL’s wunderkind quarterback, orchestrated a footballing symphony with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2020 Super Bowl, toppling the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20. Imagine this: youngest Super Bowl-winning quarterback AND the Super Bowl MVP under his belt – all in one night! Fast forward to 2023, and Mahomes was at it again, this time leaving fans hanging at the edge of their seats, clinching a Super Bowl victory against the Philadelphia Eagles with a nail-biting 38-35 scoreline. Talk about thrilling!

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Switch the scene to the blistering asphalt tracks of Formula 1, and Max Verstappen, the boy-wonder of the racing world, took home his third consecutive championship title during the Qatar Grand Prix sprint race. Remember 2021? Verstappen’s last-lap drama against the legendary Lewis Hamilton still gives us goosebumps. The next couple of years?

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All Verstappen, zooming ahead, leaving everyone else eating his dust. As illustrious as these two tales are, there’s an undeniable allure to Mahomes’ edge-of-the-seat stories. While Verstappen’s dominance on the track is like a well-tuned orchestra hitting every note with precision, Mahomes’ exploits carry the cadence of an epic rock ballad – unpredictable, heart-stopping, and incredibly moving.

The scene got even more intriguing when Laurence Edmondson spilled the beans on the Unlapped Podcast. Responding to Katie George’s sharp question about Verstappen’s championship win on a Saturday, Edmondson quipped, “…you’ve got Max winning the championship by not winning the sprint… if you tuned into the race on Sunday, it was like, well, Max won the championship. Yesterday, if I’m watching the Super Bowl and being like, well, actually, the Chiefs won this yesterday, but they’re playing the Super Bowl anyway, you know, just because, you’d be like, OK, that’s a bit strange.”

Indeed, it is a peculiar world, where Super Bowl showdowns and F1 races become unlikely bedfellows. But, hey, who’s complaining? As long as the drama keeps unfolding, we’re here for the ride!

Bagging his third consecutive world championship at the 2023 Qatar GP Sprint Race, Verstappen has left many in the dust and sent others to their stats books. But Verstappen isn’t in this for the numbers game. Or is he?

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In a recent talk with Speedcafe, the 3x WDC (does ‘D’ in the WDC stand for Dutch now?) shared some advice, for himself, and it is not what you may expect…

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He mused to Speedcafe, “Of course, I want to win as much as I can. I know that from third place (Vettel) to second (Schumacher) is quite a big gap, so I hope maybe in my career I might end up somewhere there in the middle. That would be nice.”

And that’s Max for you. Down-to-earth, aware of the unpredictability of F1, and ever mindful that it’s not just about the driver, but the machinery as well. He adds, “I don’t know. It depends a lot on what’s going to happen in the next few races and the next few years as well. I don’t know how long this is going to last. I’m enjoying the moment, and that’s very important.”

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While we all love record talk and number games, sometimes it’s the spirit of the sport that truly counts. Max, keep enjoying the ride (pun intended), and so will we!

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Pulkit Jai

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Pulkit is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong academic background in engineering, he possesses an in-depth understanding of the intricate mechanics and technology driving Formula 1. This expertise allows him to offer insightful analysis, exploring the technical aspects of the sport and shedding light on the innovative advancements that shape the world of F1.
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