Even sports fans who had no rooting interest must have been enthralled by yesterday’s Super Bowl. For a Giants fan like me , it was pure Heaven.
In my previous post, I had written how I was hoping against hope that the Giants would be able to pull it off. I had written that if the Giants were able to keep it close at half time that they had a chance. Well, it was close at half time , it unfolded exactly as I had hoped and I still can’t believe they pulled it off. The Giants pass rush had been relentless , bursting through to nail Brady time after time, for once making him seem mortal. But , in the fourth quarter , the defense tired and there was a sense of inevitability as Brady mounted the Patriots go-ahead drive. As I watched , I knew the Patriots were going to score but , in a small corner of my mind, I couldn’t help thinking how wonderful it would be if Eli were to answer with a TD of his own. And then it happened exactly like that! What a fairy tale ending !
I must admit that until recently I felt that the Giants had made a mistake in drafting Eli. There were times when I wished they had drafted Philip Rivers but , beginning with the last game of the regular season, Eli has been golden . Yesterday , I don’t know how he escaped the Patriots pass rush and connected with David Tyree; I don’t know how Tyree held on to the ball…. but he did… and the rest is history !Thank you Eli! Thank you Strahan, Osi, Pierce, Webster and Co ! Thank you Giants !!
P.S In the midst of all the celebrations, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for Junior Seau. Just three minutes earlier, when the Patriots had taken the lead, I saw Tedy Bruschi come over and hug Seau .After almost 20 years in the NFL , Seau must have felt he was finally going to get that elusive ring. And then it slipped away… Too bad, but Junior had a great career and he’s a great player, with or without a Super Bowl ring. ( On the other hand, Michael Strahan capped his 15 year career in fitting fashion.) As for Bill Belichick… he will be the subject of my next post.