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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 01:58 pm (UTC)
Congrats to the World Champions, from a Packers fan. :)
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
The first (or close) thing out of my mouth once the Giants cinched it - "Life is magical and full of joy" :)

Though I have to say, some part of me was sad that the Packers didn't get in. Not because I care about the team, but Second Christmas is always horrifically fun to witness.
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your team winning. There were a lot of times where the game could have completely changed. I played about ten different "what if" scenarios in my head afterwards (What if the game hadn't started with a safety, and then we held the Giants to a field goal instead of allowing that last touchdown? What if [insert Pats player here] hadn't dropped that pass])

Anyway, it was an exciting game, and although I was rooting for the Pats, I'm happy for Peyton's brother. And you. :)
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I immediately thought of you when they won. :)
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
The Giants were way underdog until midseason, so my hopes are good that next year will be Jets' turn at last. Two NY teams winning the Superbowl back-to-back would be a dream. Yes. Just so. ^^
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I would argue that the Patriots should have let them score the TD on *first* down - it was all about saving clock at that point.

And poor Wes Welker. He is one of my favourites and does not deserve to be villified.
Feb. 7th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I'd divy the blame for that incompletion 70% on Brady, that was a straight route up field and he lofted it a bit too wide and 30% on Welker. No matter what everyone is saying he does not catch that pass 100% of the time. I've seen him drop several diving attempts. Welker is much better when he keeps his feet. Making a leaping 270deg spinning catch is really asking a lot.

Yes, Bill should have decided to let them score once Hakeem Nicks got the first down. Conversely, Tom Coughlin should have had Eli kneel and center the ball on second down instead running Bradshaw. I only just heard that tactic and it made sense. That way they could have milked the clock and setup for the field goal on third down.
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Letting the Giants score was his only option. He couldn't rely on them missing a chip shot field goal, and actually it was terrible coaching by Coughlin not to have Manning taking knees before the kick - do we not remember Joe Pisarcik and The Fumble? It gave Brady a chance to move them with time on the clock and timeouts, and desperation heave or not that was pretty close at the end.

Still, I'm happy our Giants won.
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Nah, Wes made me a mistake but we (I speak for the reasonable Pats fans) can't hate him - he delivered a hell of a season. Eli played a great game, so congrats. No hate here (except for the Giants fans who pulled the emergency brakes for fun on the subways last night... ughh).
Feb. 6th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
I agree, and I don't think Wes will be vilified. He's just done too much for the organization for that. Still, you look at the TD catch David Patten made in Super Bowl 36, somewhat similar type of catch (though that was a fade route and this was a seam) and if you can't make those types of plays, you can't win. Feel awful for Welker, watching him on the podium almost made me cry.
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
So what did you win from Stego this year?
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
Well played Giants
Another excruciating superbowl for a patriots fan. All I can do is tip my cap to the Giants. They made more plays to win the game, yet again.
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Congrats George!
Giants are only 2 Superbowls behind the Steelers now.
Feb. 6th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
But two ahead on championships.
Patrick DiNino
Feb. 6th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Timeout, George
I'll give it up for the Giants, they played a great game, but I would have thought a fan of your experience would have realized letting the Giants score was pretty much the only option for the Patriots. On 2nd down, with only a single timeout remaining, even if the Patriots hold the Giants for one more play, they'd be lucky to get the ball back with 15 seconds remaining.

I'm sure you'd agree that you'd rather have the ball and 1 minute on the clock as opposed to 15 seconds. I fully expected Coughlin to have Eli take a knee and run more time off.

I also hope you're not implying the Patriots shouldn't have been in the game with all your CAPITALS, because there are a whole lot of bitter people out in CA that can say the exact same thing about the Giants. I seem to remember a coach we might have both rooted for in the past saying something to the effect of 'You are what your record says you are'. Both Baltimore and San Fransisco learned that lesson quite clearly the other week.

Regardless, congratulations George, on (one of) your team's success. I know the Patriots will be right back in the mix next year, I suspect you know this as well, and I can only hope to be entertained again like I was last night. If not, well, Rex always seems to have something funny to say.
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
Giants fans should love Jerrah Jones
Keeping the Cowboys down for the last 15 years. They should be drinking toasts to his health.
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:13 pm (UTC)
I believe the first actual words that came out of my mouth (following the long groan and sigh of loss) after the game were "Damn you George RR Martin." ;) Congrats to the G-Men, they played really, REALLY well.

The one that killed me was Brady's other hail-mary attempt- to NO ONE. Why he didn't just run it forward a few yards, and start again on a 2 and whatever attempt really confuses the crap out of me. There was a hole in front of him big enough to drive a fucking car through. I do feel terrible for Welker as well- I like to think Pats fans are more forgiving than Sox fans, but you never know.

Again, congrats to the G-Men.. see you next year! ;)
Feb. 6th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
The first thing I thought once the score was final was "George must be so happy!" - does that make me an ASOIAF geek? :)
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