Thursday, January 26, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Seaboard flavor in Super Bowl
We may not know who is going to Disneyland at this point, but after Sunday, we definitely know who is going to Super Bowl XLVI.
The major battles in the NFL were on the East Coast and the West Coast and, apologies to Rudyard Kipling, in this case the twain shall meet. It will be a finish in Indianapolis with a definite seaboard flavor – the Patriots versus the New York Giants – again.
I don’t have to remind you how they got there. The New England Patriots got there on an over-the-top dive by Tom Brady (personally, I think it was because Steven Tyler sang the “Star Spangled Banner” – ugh!). Really in such a game, is it not feasible to think that the Ravens’ defense should have anticipated such a move? One commentator termed the dive “heroic” which drew a barrage of disagreements. It was just a “heads-up” play that eventually won the game. Anyway it propelled Brady into his fifth Super Bowl.
Meanwhile (as they used to say in the old movies), way out West, the New York Giants were acting as Niners’ killers in their tussle with a stubborn 49ers team. New York was the number four team in the playoffs and the Giants will carry that designation into Super Bowl XLVI on February 5. Just bear in mind that the Giants knocked off 1’s and 2’s to get there.
Eli Manning, slight of frame, sacked six times, knocked down 19 times, ate both grass and turf but still joins an elite group of quarterbacks (10) who have gone to two Super Bowls.
Leading up to Sunday’s games, the money was on the Patriots and the 49ers. Charlie Farris said that he favored the Pats in the AFC but that the NFC was a “toss-up.” Not having a dog in this hunt, I piggy-backed on that suggestion.
Last week, I facetiously asked Wayne Mathis (of Teddy’s Building Supply), who was going to SB XLVI? He answered readily, “Whoever wins the AFC and NFC”.
Ask a smart man a smart question.
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