Your Super Bowl Champions: the New York Giants

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So there evidently this game last night . . .

A random bunch of observations about the Giants victory.

– It would have been completely awesome had Eli Manning announced in his post-game interview that Payton was coming to the Giants as his backup.

– Speaking of post-game celebrations, the NFL’s attempts to mimic the Stanley Cup celebration comes off as so incredibly lame.  The NHL might be the red-headed stepchild of North American professional sports, but it has the one championship celebration that every other pro sports league tries to imitate, but none of them are as cool and as genuine as the hoisting of the Stanley Cup and the parade around the ice.

– People will point to the Giants 9-7 record as a condemnation of the NFL regular season, but does anybody who watched that game think that the Giants weren’t the better team?  The Pats had touchdown drives immediately before and after halftime, but the Giants basically dominated just about every other second of that game.  So many teams in the NFL are either all defense and or all offense, and the Giants are one of the very few who play well on both sides of the ball.  On top of that, the Giants beat the Packers (really, they mauled them), the 49ers and the Patriots on the way to a championship.  That’s not a fluke.

– I’m probably in the minority but I was happy when Bradshaw slipped into the endzone.  Sure, the odds slightly favor going for the chip shot field goal over letting Brady have the ball with 50 seconds, but too many things can go wrong.  Just one game ago the Patriots saw a kicker miss a sure-fire field goal that would have sent the AFC championship game into overtime.  It’s the Super Bowl, and you take the points and the lead when it is being offered to you, and then trust that the defense can hold.

– The Manning to Tyree play is probably still the superior one when you factor in Manning escaping a sack, but Manning to Manningham is a close second.

– Oh, and did I mention the Giants are the champions of the world:

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  1. Random thoughts:

    The Giants were the better team. They also got healthier as the season ended, which was masked by the meh regular season record. As to the Patriots, Belichick wrung as much out of this team as could be hoped–they are a flawed team.

    Tyree’s catch is more memorable in the circus catch sense, but Manningham’s was pure wide receiver perfection. Coaches will be showing that one to their players for years–“That’s how you do it!”

    Yeah, there’s no duplicating the Stanley Cup celebration. That, and overtime playoff hockey are the two things the other sports will never be able to approximate.

    Who would have thought Eli would be the first Manning brother to two rings?

  2. The NHL might be the red-headed stepchild of North American professional sports

    No, no… that belongs to the MLS. Heck, the MLS might even be the redheaded step cousin – twice removed on the mother’s side, if even that close.

  3. In addition to the Catholic Church, red-heads . . .

    Eli solidified his “great” QB status. “Grace under pressure” throughout the championship run.

    PS: I think Archie was better than his kids. He never had a team like the Colts or Giants. But, imagine having two super QB sons.

  4. Tito – Any German or Chinese player who wants to play against the best in the world can get a job on one of the 32 teams. (Well, the Chinese couldn’t, but that’s not the NFL’s fault.) And I’d bet that the NFL would be more than happy to move the Pro Bowl to Beijing to play a team of Chinese all-stars if 1/3 of China’s 1,200,000,000 population promised to watch all the ads during the game. How much would those ads sell for?

  5. I’m just goofing around, but I hope the NFL doesn’t reward Communist China for all the human rights abuses, especially against the Catholic Church, they’ve committed.

  6. Baseball and football are very different, as George Carlin pointed out in a great comedy routine. But it’s interesting to me that the teams who won the WS and the Super Bowl both started their respective seasons poorly and got hot at just the right time. The Red Birds didn’t look that great in August; the Giants were not impressive in October. And my teams (the Brew Crew and Packers) were looking pretty darn good there for a while *sob* but ran out of gas during the playoffs. (The Brewers weren’t the only ones! I’m sure last night’s victory allievated some of the pain felt by New Yawkers when the Yankees lost to the Tigers. But the Boston folks got a kick in the teeth last night to match the one they got back in the fall.)

    There’s a lesson there for the Presidential candidates, I’m sure….Timing is everything.

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