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Fred Faour: Here are 5 clickbait hot takes that someone will have in the wake of Super Bowl LII

The Eagles should trade that Carson Wentz guy. They don't need him. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Super Bowl LII turned out to be a thriller, and the Philadelphia Eagles are your new NFL champions. 

As always, there will be instant overreactions.  If there is one thing you can count on, it's Hot Takes from talking heads and writers hoping to boost ratings and pageviews. Here are five that someone will have today that are silly, "hot take" clickbait-type stuff -- and why they won't happen.

1) The Eagles should trade Carson Wentz. Hey, they just won their first ever Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback. Why can't they do it again? What do you think the Browns would pay for Wentz? Philly could load up on draft picks and make multiple runs with Foles at quarterback.

The reality: Wentz is a special talent who will be the man in Philly for a long time. Foles was terrific in the playoffs and should start somewhere. But this is Wentz's team moving forward.

2) Tom Brady is done. He gave up a strip sack fumble in the clutch on Sunday and can no longer mount comebacks. At 40, it is time to hang it up.

The reality: Um, he did the comeback thing just two weeks ago. He threw for over 500 yards against the Eagles. Brady can probably play until he is 50. 

3) The Patriots lost three Super Bowls. They aren't that great.

The reality: This is the greatest dynasty of the Super Bowl era. Five titles, eight trips to the Super Bowl, a contender year in and year out. That they have been this good this long in the salary cap era trumps anything done before. 

4) The Patriots won't get out of the AFC next year.

The reality: While they will be favored, this might not be a stretch. The Steelers still have the most offensive talent in football. Jacksonville is not a fluke and will be back in the mix next year. Even the Texans with a healthy Deshaun Watson could be a threat. But New England will enter the season as favorites to make the Super Bowl again unless Bill Belichick bails.

5) This was the best Super Bowl ever. 

The reality: Um, remember last year? Possibly top five and it was a great game to watch, but it is not in the same category as some of the other Super Bowls. But you can bet someone will be spouting that today.

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As the Ronaverse continues, emotions are high. People are getting upset over the dumbest things. Maybe it is simply because Twitter has the worst people in the world, but endless topics are being "debated" that really have no reason to be questioned.

One of the oddest of these is starting to pop up as athletes opt out of returning to play among the Covid-19 shortened seasons. People are actually critical of athletes who make these decisions.

Those people are simply what we call "dumbs."

It doesn't matter what their reasoning is. Athletes - like all of us - have the option to worry about things other than their job. Simply because they have the wherewithal to take time off without pay is no reason to be critical. David Price became one of the latest this week and explained his decision well.

But they owe it to us, the fans.

Sports is not life. These athletes do not owe you anything. You choose to buy their gear and wear their numbers. That's your right. It's also their right to be concerned for their own health and that of their families.

They are young. The disease barely affects young people.

True. But if you are the one young person it does impact? And what about your parents and grandparents? Are we to fault players for caring about things like that? They are people. There are those who dehumanize them because they are famous, make a lot of money and live lives most people will never have. But that does not mean they aren't real people with real life concerns.

They make millions. It is worth the risk.

What good are those millions if you are dead? Or a family member becomes gravely ill? This should not even be a debate. Players have the right to make up their own minds, just as you do. I am not one of the Rona Paranoid Crew, but I don't rip people who are overly careful. We should all deal with this in ways we think are best. Everyone loves to throw out terms like "personal freedom" and "it's my right" when it suits their needs. In this case, it applies to the athletes.

The sad thing is not everyone can afford to stay away from work in order to survive. Many waiters, cooks and bartenders were forced to go back to work to pay bills. Many were not comfortable doing that, but they had no real choice. That sucks.

But those who do have a choice should be able to make it without facing criticism. Maybe it costs your team a World Series if a key player opts out. Or an NBA title. So what? There will be other years, other chances. That won't be the case for a lot of high school and college athletes who may never get to play again. Sure, they might be bitter that pros can sit out, while they have been robbed of one last chance at the game they love. But the Rona is not their fault. Neither is the fact that these athletes have the means to follow their principles.

What will their teammates think of these players abandoning them?

That's a fan argument. Most players will completely understand, because they, too, are human. If the season winds up shutting down halfway through or never getting started, no one will remember who wasn't there. Nor should they care.

But for some reason, people do. They have the right to choose whether toplay or not. You have the right to choose whether or not you will keep buying their jerseys. That is how freedom works.

It would be nice if we would all just allow people to make the best decisions for themselves without turning it into a stupid debate.

In today's world, I realize that is not reality. The dumbs are inheriting the earth.

So memo to athletes: If you want to be on the field, awesome, we will be rooting for you. If you believe it is not worth the risk to you or your family? Stay safe and we will see you when you feel comfortable again. Simple, right? That really should be the end of it.

Sadly, it won't be. That's not the world we live in anymore, if it ever was.

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