Hello, and welcome to Super Bowl bootcamp.
The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers are studying film and mastering their game plan for Sunday night's championship match up in Miami, so you might as well hit the books as well at E!'s makeshift football academy.
No, we're not here to tell you that Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is a once-in-a-generation talent with a cunning ability to keep a play alive and the confidence and strength to gun it at will, or remark how that led him to notch the NFL's third-ever 50-passing touchdown season is his first season as starter, collecting an MVP trophy along the way.
Nor do we want to talk about how the 49ers won big on their gamble to trade a second round draft pick to lift Tom Brady's capable backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, out of New England. Or how the under-recruited Eastern Illinois University grad has proven to be money in third-down situations. Though if you're into all that, might we suggest boning up here and here?
Because we'd rather dish on Garoppolo's sweet tooth (he's called Starbursts the "best candy ever"), Mahomes penchant for putting ketchup on everything ("Putting ketchup on a $70 steak blows my mind," godfather and retired MLB pitcher LaTroy Hawkins remarked to Bleacher Report. "But, hey, to each his own,") and the time the 49ers sanctioned a bracket-style tournament to christen their new QB with a new nickname in 2018. Jimmy GQ, a reference to the good looks that have earned him "best smile" honors and the way he fills a well-cut suit, beat out Optimus Dime. (Though rumor has it his Patriots teammates called him Prince Aladdin, a nod to his stunning resemblance to a certain Disney character.)
You see, that's the kind of content on offer her.
So whether you're curious about their sporty pasts (son of longtime relief pitcher Pat Mahomes and a three-sport high school star, the Chiefs' leader was actually drafted as a pitcher by the Detroit Tigers in 2014, but decided to stick to his plan to sling the pigskin at Texas Tech) or if you've got a shot a dating one of them (survey says: maaaaaybe), take a time out from whatever you're doing to check out our tale of the tape below.