Monday, February 04, 2008
Dog Day- 18 & NO!
I'm not going to spend this entire entry blasting the Patriots. Its unnecessary, the scoreboard said it all. At the end of the day, not perfect. Nope. Perfection is so rare that it eluded even the seemingly "best team ever".
Next season, the season after that, and the season following when people start talking about "they could go all the way undefeated" or "this could be a perfect season", just reach over and smack them. People are too quick to get excited about this possibility. Teams have bad games and get beat. Especially over a longer series of games. Who knows if the '72 Dolphins would have won 19 games straight? I'm not trying to take anything away from them, but come on. 17 is much different than 19. Just ask Bill. I'm just sayin'...
Now on to those Giants. What can you say? At the end of the day it boiled down to fundementals. Rush the passer, make sacks. Play physical and aggressive. Don't make stupid mistakes. And don't give up. EVER. That last Eli touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress (Go Green! Go White!) was so simple and basic. Quick slant to the corner of the end zone. Beat the coverage. Throw the football. BAM! Success. The Giants weren't flashy, weren't pulling trick plays, they were just performing.
And what more could we ask of Eli Manning? This Superbowl was his Bar Mitzvah. Eli became a man last night, and a true champion. Who would have ever thought? Don't give up. Ever. My wife even made Bridget Moynahan masks which we hung around the living room. They worked. Like magical football scarecrows or totem poles or something.
I remember back in week 8 of this past season when the Patriots played the Skins, and won 52-7. In the 4th quarter, with only like 7 or 8 minutes left, winning by like 40 points, on 4th down- New England went for a touchdown instead of taking the field goal. Against good old Joe Gibbs. Rubbing it in his face. This wasn't the first or last time during the regular season they poured it on like that. I didn't like it, I felt that it was nasty and disrespectful. Karma is a bitch. And sometimes, she's exactly what we need.