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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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Shane Stines
Feb. 6th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
Love it!
Been a Giants fan for 22 years now and I have to say to watch this team go from 7-7 to superbowl champs is unbelievable!! I love this team!!!!!
Feb. 6th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
Woo hoo!! Victory! Does this mean we'll see more Wun Wun destroying evil little people? :D
Jason Sorensen
Feb. 6th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
With sincere respect
As much as I hate new york teams, your g-men completely outclassed the pats tonight. Grats to you and yours, and thanks for your amazing contributions to the world of letters. You have been an inspiration, and I look forward to enjoying the projects you have yet to share.
Feb. 6th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Congratulation \(^o^)/
Feb. 6th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
Funniest winning TD ever-a classic.
Feb. 6th, 2012 10:26 am (UTC)
I am very happy they won. My friend Judy was a HUGE Giants fan (even bought her Ford Escape because it came in Giants Blue!) She died last January of an unexpected heart attack. Then her husband died several months later of cancer.

Those two were the hugest Giants fans I have ever met, and I just feel that there were two angels in the end zone helping the team out.
Feb. 6th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
*woo hoo* Really sorry I couldn't see the second half but I had to go to work and ended up following ESPN's cartoon gamecast online. No question you guys own the Patriots now! And glad Eli has now most assuredly come out of Peyton's shadow. I'm going to try to catch some of the highlights on SportsCenter. Congrats!
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Congratulations - my team made the semis on Saturday, and it gave me a lift all weekend. Winning the superbowl must be that x 1,000.

But, hey, you call THAT a world championship? I thought the baseball guys were bad :) *ducks*
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:14 am (UTC)
You just can't lose this year!
Feb. 6th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Personally, given the G-men's track record of 4th quarter miracles and often games being far closer than they should have been, I'm somewhat surprised that the makers of Prilosec or Tums aren't official team sponsors, with the new tin can in the Meadowlands resembling a Giant bottle of heartburn medicine.

As a good friend said, "Here's to one last Manning win in Indy!" If it's any consolation to him, at least Brady managed to get 17 points in *this* year's effort. I'm SO glad it didn't come down to a clutch performance by The Scottish Kicker. I'll confess that when Brady converted that 4th and 16 I died a little inside and said a fast prayer to Jay Alford (who, if you recall, got a huge sack for that final stop against him in SB-42).
Feb. 6th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
Darned If He Does
Hope Coughlin can get some credit for being a great coach even if the next season starts a little slow. Seems like even though the guy wins at the highest level, the collective memory is short (like it was at the beginning of this season). On another note: can't believe we have to wait roughly 6 months for it to start again.
Feb. 6th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
As a Patriots fan, I tip my hat to you. This was a good game through and through, and the Giants (unfortunately) deserved the victory.

But you're wrong about allowing the touchdown. If Bradshaw had gone down at the one, Pats call their last timeout. Manning kneels at the two, take off 40 seconds. Manning kneels at the three, take off 14 seconds and call timeout. Fieldgoal, ballgame. Pat's only chance there was to allow the touchdown.

Sadly, the game came down to (in my opinion) the Patriot's first offensive play. That safety made the score difference in the end that would have made the Pats play for a field goal instead of a touchdown...and I think they could have pulled that off. Stupid amateur mistake by Brady, and it cost them.
Feb. 6th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Wrong knights
I guess I should have given you Ser Manning battling it out with Ser Brady at the signing in Burlington MA. Congrats to your G-men. Look like there is a new rivalry about.

Feb. 6th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
It was a bit tense at the end as to who was going to do what. If that last pass by Brady had been caught (and they came close) this is a total different game.

But the Giants WON! And it was a lovely thing after they were counted out half way through the season. Considering what they had to do in the latter half of the season and the play-offs, it is more remarkable that they went into the game with a full roster available to go.

Heck, Peter, who was live blogging the commercials, got into the last 5 minutes of game time. So you know it was an exciting finish.

Feb. 6th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)

I suspect you wrote this Superbowl ending, for the sheer amount of epicness.
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