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Life is magical and full of joy.

They did it. They did it again. Deja three! First Superbowl 42, then this year's regular season game in Foxboro, then tonight! Big Blue 3, Patriots 0. Eli 3, Brady 0. Coughlin 3, Evil Little Bill 0.

Hot damn. Excuse my enthusiasm. I'd be doing a salsa dance right now, but I did one earlier and I think I threw my hip out. (No, don't send get well cards, just kidding).

I do swear, though, the similarities between this one and Superbowl 42 were pretty damn eerie. Same teams. Even the same uniforms (Pats in blue, Jints in white). Close game. G-Men down late in the fourth quarter, and Eli leads a desperate, heroic drive. Instead of Tyree's miracle catch, Manningham's miracle catch. Instead of Burress, Bradshaw takes it in for the go-ahead touchdown (though this time, the Pats and Evil Little Bill let the Giants score). But there's still time on the clock for Tom Brady to answer. In 42, the Gmen shut him down in four plays... though on one of them, the third down pass, the ball was just inches beyond Randy Moss's outstretched fingers. In 46, it looked almost like a replay... but Brady makes the 4th down connection on 4th and 16, and it comes down to a Hail Mary... and the deflected pass is just inches beyond the grasp of a diving Gronk. Whew. And YAY! That sonic boom you heard was my house in Santa Fe exploding with excitement.

Football truly is a game of inches. The Giants did get several lucky bounces this time. They fumbled twice and recovered both times. A third fumble, potentially disasterous, was undone when the Pats had twelve men on the field. And SB 42 turned on Asante Samuel letting a game-ending INT slip through his hands. Well, SB 46 turned on Wes Welker letting a game-ending reception bounce off his.

Even so, the Giants deserved the win. Eli outplayed Brady. The Giants receivers outplayed the Pats receivers. Both defenses played well, but the Giants D were toughest in the clutch, when the game on the line, and the Pats D wilted in the fourth quarter.

And Coughlin outcoached Evil Little Bill. I have to say it... I understand why the Pats parted like the Red Sea to let Bradshaw score on that last Giants TD, but I think it was a bad call by Belichick. It was second and goal, sure. If the Pats stuff Bradshaw, then it's third and goal. The G-Men probably try another run. Maybe they punch it in, maybe not. Maybe Kevin Glibride tries to outsmart the defense and calls a pass. In either scenario, lots of stuff can happen. Bradshaw might fumble. He'd already fumbled once. A pass might be deflected or intercepted. If the Patriots can hold the Giants for ONE MORE PLAY, they force a field goal attempt. A chip shot, sure. But kickers have been known to miss chip shots, especially when a world championship is on the line. Which Evil Little Bill should know, seeing as how the Pats are only in this SuperBowl because THE RAVENS KICKER MISSED A CHIP SHOT TWO WEEKS AGO. Belichick could have put this game on his D and Lawrence Tynes. Instead he chose to put it on Tom Brady and the Giants D. Which is how SB 42 ended too. And we know how that one worked out.

Bad call, Evil Little Bill. Bad bad call.

I do feel sorry for Wes Welker, a great and gutsy player who made a mistake that will likely haunt him for the rest of his career, and go down in SuperBowl history beside the Jackie Smith drop, Earl Morrell missing Jimmy Orr wide open in the endzone, and Scott Norwood's wide right. Welker may play for the despised Pats, but he reminds me of Wayne Chrebet, one of my favorite all-time Jets. I hope the Pats fans won't buckner him.

I also felt sorry for Robert Kraft. I do wish the TV cameras had not turned on him so mercilessly (and so long) after Brady's last hail mary fell incomplete. He looked so heartbroken. I admit, I love seeing Jerry Jones make his Pissy Face every time the Giants beat the Cowboys, but I can't hate Kraft the way I do JJ. TV can be cruel at times.

Mostly though, I feel good for all the Giants... Cruz and Nicks played great games, Mario Manningham came through when it mattered most, Chase Blackburn (out of football at mid-season) had a key interception, Tuck and JPP were amazing...

And the Giants are once again world champions!

What a game. What a season. What a year.

Bring on the parade.



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Feb. 6th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Congrats! :)
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
Does this mean we get to keep a Stark?
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)
Hah, that's almost exactly what I posted to facebook!
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Feb. 6th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
Congrats go to the Heroes of the Day, the Glorious G-Men. And a toast to their worthy foes, the Patriots. Another excellent Super Bowl that even my fiancee , who considers all organized sports to be boring, thought it was better than usual.
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
First, I have to say I'm right with you for the Giants and (especially) the hatred of Bill Belichick and the Pats. As a die-hard Raiders fan, I'll never forget the Tuck Rule. I'm certainly glad the Giants won. But I have to say, I believe Bill Belichick made the right call with letting Bradshaw score.

We saw this play a season or two ago with Maurice Jones-Drew wisely stopping a yard shy of the endzone to allow the Jaguars to run the clock down and kick a game winning field goal, rather than going ahead with a TD and a minute or so on the clock. I think everyone on the Giants' sideline was hoping Bradshaw would take a knee—and Bradshaw was trying. You have to have confidence in your kicker (and Tynes has rewarded that confidence in the past), and it's far too risky to give a QB like Brady a chance to win the game. Even the last play wasn't a sure thing. Granted, the Giants' D played better in the 4th than they had in, say, the 3rd, but one play—one missed assignment—could've led to an ugly ending. I'd take an extra point to win over a heartbreaking defensive collapse any day.
Feb. 6th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
Completely agree, I was arguing with some people about this earlier.
Here is the best way to look at it:

Chances that Brady leads an 80 yard drive with 1 minute and 1 timeout (pretty decent chance of that happening, knowing Brady)
Chances that you have a fumble on a running play where the back will have both hands on the ball and go down willingly, or maybe they just kneel it (microscopic) + chances of bad snap on FG attempt (pretty low) + chances of NFL kicker missing an extra-point sized FG (pretty low). These 3 things combined are much less likely than Brady leading a comeback drive.

Keep in mind also that Brady's drive might have been successful had the Patriots not had a couple inexplicable drops. And even then, the Hail Mary barely failed. If anything, they barely dodged the bullet by scoring the TD instead of having an almost sure-thing by going down at the 1.

At least it was a more entertaining ending this way :)
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Feb. 6th, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
I wouldn't say Eli out played Brady. Had Welker not dropped that pass the Patriots would probably be superbowl champions right now. The Patriots need to invest in a good deep threat WR to stretch the feild and they will be unstopable with Gronkowski. Not to mention they have two very talented rb's in Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen which I am sure they plan to unleash next season. I don't know how the Giants did this to me again but I am devistated.
Shane Stines
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:53 am (UTC)
Re: Pats
Nope Eli most definitely outplayed Brady in this one.
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Feb. 6th, 2012 06:45 am (UTC)
Giants deserved this one, it would not have been this close if not for some poor officiating. The bogus holding call stalled a Giants drive in the 1st half and at least two questionable no-calls for pass interference against the Pats made this closer than it should have been. I'm glad to see the Giants won despite this.

Edited at 2012-02-06 06:47 am (UTC)
Feb. 6th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
The officiating could have been better, but the Giants have seen worse several times this season. The refs did get the safety right after the play. Those 2 points were critical.
Bogus Holding? - confused_3l - Feb. 6th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Bogus Holding? - nycfalcon - Feb. 7th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Rory Smith
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:48 am (UTC)
I was with you till the Cowboys line...don't mess with my 'boys!
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
i thought in end let td was going gave them the game.man sad no wr can see hold on to ball than last drive:_:
Marshall Ray Hunt
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
Let's see "Ser Justin Tuck" in The Winds of Winter!
Michael Howley
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
All week long I've been telling people "Giants by three." If Brady didn't chuck it away for a safety, the Giants kick the extra point on the last touchdown and win 20-17. Even when he loses Tom Brady messes with me.
Kevin Depuy
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
Super Bowl
So I guess not only does GRRM release DWD and win tons of awards, also the HBO show wins awards AND now Giants win the Super Bowl. Guess it is an awesome year for GRRM.
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Even as a Giants fan myself, I smiled at the end of the game, knowing I'd get to see one more "Life is magical and full of joy" this season on this blog.

I admit, I love seeing Jerry Jones make his Pissy Face every time the Giants beat the Cowboys, but I can't hate Kraft the way I do JJ.

That's because Robert Kraft and his family are classy owners of the old school, unlike JJ and his delusions of grandeur.
Feb. 7th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Bob Kraft has really taken his wife's death hard. I heard him on a couple of interviews earlier in the week and he just sounded emotionally tired. I suppose losing to the Maras and Tisches may be easier to take than if he had lost to JJ.
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
I don't think Evil Bill's strategy was wrong
It's just that he shouldn't have waited until the last minute to do it. He should have done it with two minutes left on the clock, giving Brady plenty of time.
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
Go giants
In honor of you and one of my favorite actors, James Pickering, I say GO GIANTS!
As a fan of the Packers, I had a “little” more fun last year, but I am ever so happy that you guys are feeling the same joy I was feeling last year.
(And I am so going to spend tomorrow reading ... and licking my wounds.)
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)
Yay! What a game!
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