New England quarterback Tom Brady (12) will start his ninth Super Bowl on Sunday. Brady is 5-3 in his previous Super Bowls, and the Patriots are a slight favorite against the Los Angeles Rams.
New England quarterback Tom Brady (12) will start his ninth Super Bowl on Sunday. Brady is 5-3 in his previous Super Bowls, and the Patriots are a slight favorite against the Los Angeles Rams. Elise Amendola AP
New England quarterback Tom Brady (12) will start his ninth Super Bowl on Sunday. Brady is 5-3 in his previous Super Bowls, and the Patriots are a slight favorite against the Los Angeles Rams. Elise Amendola AP

Sports columnist Scott Fowler has written for the Charlotte Observer since 1994. He has authored or co-authored eight books, including four about the Carolina Panthers. In 2018, Fowler won the Thomas Wolfe award for outstanding newspaper writing. He also is the host of the Observer’s hit podcast “Carruth.”