Setting The Post-Super Bowl Record Straight
Well, this sucks. It’s Wednesday and we’re still not Super Bowl champions. In fact, it’s taken a few days to cool down from the disappointment we’re all feeling. Unfortunately, because we lost to New York, we’ve had to deal with even more talk than we usually put out as a city in the past few days (and that’s saying something, because we know how to talk).
But that doesn’t mean that all of the talk is accurate. In fact, most of it isn’t. And while these responses are probably too late, they’re at least reasoned enough to rebuff just about anything that a Giants fan may throw your way. When somebody tells you:
- The Patriots haven’t won any championships since Spygate: Well, they did have that one 16-0 season, where that Super Bowl was lost on what we can all agree was a spectacular (but very, very lucky, and once in a lifetime) play. They also took the second worst defense in the NFL this season to the championship game. But sure, why not. Whatever you say.
- Gisele is a dumb bimbo who needs to shut up: If anybody else had said what she did, you’d be agreeing with them wholeheartedly. Rob Gronkowski was out of position on the Hail Mary, Deion Branch and Aaron Hernandez have no excuse for dropping those balls, and Wes Welker makes that (admittedly very difficult) catch 99 times out of 100. If any of those four catches are made, this article doesn’t exist. Brady wasn’t perfect on Sunday, but he (27-41, 276 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT) and Eli Manning (30-40, 296 yds, 1 TD) were pretty even.
- Brandon Jacobs has been owning the Patriots in the media: This is also the guy who, when times got tough for him in October and he started getting fewer carries, said, “I’ve got nothing positive to say. The most positive thing? I got family at home, and I got a fast-ass car being delivered on Tuesday. That’s it.” Real team player, there. That’s the kind of guy who’s a sore loser when things are his fault and rubs it in your face way too much when he wins. You’re giving him way too much respect by letting him talk.
- Tom Brady doesn’t have it anymore: See above. He was putting the ball wherever he wanted it during the Super Bowl. 276 passing yards with two passing touchdowns and only one pick is a very respectable NFL quarterback performance. And, well, he nearly took one of the worst defenses in NFL history to a Super Bowl championship. With a 13-3 record. So there’s that.
- Brady’s safety was the dumbest play of the playoffs: Keep in mind that the Giants beat the Falcons in the NFC Wild Card round, 24-2. Guess what play those two Falcons points came on? Yup, you guessed it - an Eli Manning intentional grounding call in his own end zone.
- The Giants defense got to Brady: Two sacks and one interception doesn’t sound like “getting to Tom Brady” to me. Watch the game film, and you’ll see numerous instances of the six-second pockets that Brady has relied on for his entire career. He also ducked what should have been a definite sack, Eli Manning-style, on the Hail Mary. And Jason Pierre-Paul, probably the Giants’ biggest talker all week, didn’t even touch Brady. Truth is, they didn’t do half of what they said they would, and they weren’t in Brady’s head.
- Two Super Bowl wins makes Eli Manning an elite quarterback: It makes him the most clutch quarterback in the league, yes. But an elite quarterback doesn’t need to rely on fourth quarter comebacks, or lead the league in interceptions twice in his career (including last year), or go from 6-2 to 7-7 this year, or have to win in Week 17 just to make the playoffs. An elite quarterback builds a lead steadily, keeps his picks down, and clinches home field advantage in the playoffs. They’re different descriptors completely. The only thing is, in a sports world where regular seasons seem to matter less and less, elite sets statistical records, but clutch wins championships. Still doesn’t mean that clutch equals elite.
- Patriots fans aren’t classy: I heard plenty of “burn in hells” directed towards Myra Kraft from New York. Class in sports is the biggest sit-and-spin discussion ever, but you have that sort of shit in every fan base. Stop it.
- New York is a better sports town than Boston: Three titles since 2001 and that embarrassing sweep in the 2004 ALCS split between seven teams (four titles if you want to add the NHL Devils, I suppose), versus seven between four teams (and the first city to ever win titles in all four major sports in the same decade). The rivalry is hotter than ever right now, and we love it, but we still hold the edge, folks. And the Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders have a long way to go before they can challenge that as a city. Take solace in that, Boston.
Quoted for truth, extreme truth.