Monday, February 4, 2008

My "What If's" About the Super Bowl

It's not so much that Darcy and I are mad that the Giants won as it is that we're mad the Patriots lost. Actually, 'mad' is the wrong word. 'Disappointed' works better, as does 'frustrated'.

This whole season we marveled at the greatness of the Patriots. They were blowing teams out while everyone was questioning whether they were the greatest football team ever. Tom Brady throwing touchdown passes at a record-breaking rate, and they were scoring touchdowns seemingly at will. We had fun watching history, and wanted them to make their season a perfect 19-0.

We watched as Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York came close to regular season upsets. But no, it was impossible to beat New England. Even if you had the lead on them in the fourth quarter, they would score a winning touchdown in the final minutes of the game and break your heart.

Last night the Patriots got a taste of their own medicine as Eli Manning led NY down the field for a winning touchdown with only 35 seconds left on the clock. As they always are with the losing team, all the "what ifs" were aimed at New England.

- What if Belichick had gone for a 49yd field goal instead of going for it on 4th and 13 with 6:49 to go in the 3rd quarter?

- What if Asante Samuel would have caught that interception instead of dropping it to keep NY's winning drive alive?

- What if the Pats would have sacked Eli Manning instead of letting him break free to throw a 32yd (to the NE 24yd line) pass to David Tyree with 1:15 left in the game?

- What if David Tyree drops that pass that he secured with one hand against his helmet instead of making a miraculous catch for the ages?

All of these "what ifs" have nothing to do with Tom Brady, but have a huge impact on his legacy. All season long all the "what if" questions were to the other team. For example, what if the Raven coordinator hadn't called time out before the play they stopped the Pats on 4th and 1?

In conclustion, it's not so much that we're Patriot fans as we're fans of their dynasty and dominance over the rest of the NFL. It was fun watching them be great. Watching the Patriots was like watching Tiger Woods. They were seemingly incapable of choking. We now know that is not true, and the truth is disappointing/frustrating.

Oh well, I'll get over it. Go 49ers!

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