05 February 2008

Super Bowl XLII Recap


And even more amazingly, they did it without Plaxico Burress drawing a single undeserved defensive pass interference call. That's got to be a record.

Also, I now look like a genius for picking them (let's keep that part about "a lucky pick" to ourselves, shall we?).

No offense to my beloved Iggles, but that may have been the most exciting Super Bowl I've ever watched. 4 lead changes? Game decided in the final minute? That crazy helmet-assist catch by David Tyree? Tom Brady spending more time on his ass than on his feet? Bill Belichick shooting laser beams out of his eyes (wait - I might be mis-remembering that part)? Rockin' game.

(Of course, our first Super Bowl was not that exciting, seeing as we got thoroughly schooled by the Raiders, and the second one was exciting for all the wrong reasons.)

While the Giants offense did enough to win, and that was some fine, D-Mac-worthy sack avoidance by Eli on their final drive, the Giants D totally dominated - and totally won that game for them. The odds-makers must be pulling out their hair - still - over the predicted winner, spread, and over/under. Oops.

Speaking of Big5, have you heard the latest rumor? Now it's the Ravens who are all "we want him!" Yeah, you and the Bears. Know what else you have in common? Y'all seriously need help at QB. Know what else you have in common? Wishing doesn't make it so. I want world peace, an unlimited supply of Manolo Blahniks, and a vacation property in the French Quarter. Doesn't mean I'm going to get any of them.

Also, way to keep it all in the NFC East. Of course, now Giants fans will be more insufferable than usual. But Boston sports fans have already gone off the charts, so I'm glad this brought them down to earth. A little.

In news of the Super Bowl commercials, there were some good ones. But the best series of the 2007 season got no play, as they only aired on the NFL Network. If you haven't seen the Joe's Diner spots, you owe it to yourself to check them out.

As we look forward to the Pro Bowl on Sunday, I find it hysterically funny that there are more Cowboys than players from any other team, even though they went down in their first playoff game. Again. Yeah, the NFL might want to re-think that whole "let fans vote for the Pro Bowl" thing. Still, I hope West36, The Big Kid, and Trent Cole have a good time in Hawaii.

The Cowboy over-representation at the Pro Bowl is almost as hilarious as Tony Romo crying at the end of the playoff game against the Giants this year. And at the end of the game against the Seahawks last year. I never, ever get tired of that. Good times.

Finally, happy Mardi Gras, y'all! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

02 February 2008

Super Bowl XLII Preview: Once More into the Fray

MKD1226 has an excellent preview - you should really read it, if you haven't already. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Giants/Patriots. Sigh. Does someone really have to win? Yes?

I am going to continue my season-long insanity and pick AGAINST the Patriots. Yes, you read that right. I'm picking the 12 point underdog. disliked-division-rival Giants over the undefeated, Best Team Ever In the History of All Teams Playing Any Sport Patriots. I was at a professional conference this week and got chatting over lunch one day with a fellow football fan (and Giants supporter) named Roger. Roger is rooting for the Giants but still thinks the Pats will win. I floated the idea that I'd pick the Giants, basically going against every single member of the football watching public in the entire world. He pointed out that I have nothing to lose (well, literally, since I may be picking the Giants, but I'm not putting money on them - I'm not CRAZY), and if by some miracle the Giants do pull off the upset win, I'll look like a genius. So Giants it is. Also, they played the best game of any team but, well, us, during the entire 2007 season. At a bare minimum, they'll beat the spread, because 12 points is ridonkulous.

On a serious note, this week's WaPo Sunday supplement magazine has a great story, Broken Glory, about the serious disabilities and financial problems now faced by many former NFL stars. Read it, and if you have a few spare bucks, think about contributing them to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. As we all prepare for the annual Super Bowl extravaganza, it's important not to forget about the men who, in many cases, sacrificed their health and physical well-being so we could enjoy the sport.