Thursday, February 7, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
Kudos to Eli, Giants
The New York Giants are Giants among men of the NFL. They championed the plight of the underdog everywhere.
If there ever was supposed to be a sure thing this was it. A team with a perfect record and a 12-point spread was a shoo-in out in the sunny clime of Arizona. You know, the place where people swim in January.
The Giants put a three on the board first and that shook up no one. It was inevitable that the New England Patriots were going to come back and score.
Which they did. And after that it seems that they could not do anything right. Tom Brady was showing signs of frustration which were totally uncharacteristic of the signal caller we had seen all season.
And his counterpart on the opposite side of the field was anything but frustrated. His escape from the clutches of the Patriots’ rusher was almost a miracle. The last one was classical where the Pats were holding onto his shirttail.
At the annual Super Bowl party, Pats supporters were as scarce as garters on chickens. For some odd reason, normally all the fans of the Dallas Cowboys were suddenly embracing the Giants. I suppose there is something to the “hope which springs eternal within the human breast.”
The head coach of the Pats was visibly disappointed and didn’t have much to say after the contest. His countenance certainly matched yours truly. How could so many of us be so wrong?
Kudos to Eli and the Giants. Manning was named the most valuable player, much to the delight of his cheering older brother. And his parents can probably claim a record which might never be broken – having sons going back to back as quarterback winners in the biggest game in the world.
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