I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine the other day about Sunday’s Super Bowl and whether it was a “good quality” game or not. He mentioned Sunday’s Seahawks thrashing as on par with some of the least competitive games in Super Bowl history–with the likes of Super Bowl XX (Bears 46, Patriots 10), Super Bowl XXIV (49ers 55, Broncos 10), and Super Bowl XXXV (Ravens 34, Giants 7).
That comparison is more than fair. Seattle led after the first snap, and never looked back. Denver never established the offensive dominance that had brought them to the big game in the first place, and looked woefully unprepared both offensively and defensively. The game was a blowout, and not much fun for many football fans.
I, on the other hand, enjoyed the game. It may not have been as close as some of the last few Super Bowls, but that was okay with me. Here’s why:
So we all know what happened on Sunday, the Giants came back in the last minute and won the game (although Brady’s hail mary at the end was really close). Some thoughts on Super Bowl XLVI:
- Thank you Kelly Clarkson for a solid National Anthem. We didn’t need another Christina Aguilera moment.
- Mario Manningham… where’s the Michigan pride? Don’t say your high school in your introduction…
- Someone made a LOT of money if they bet on whether or not there would be a safety in the game.
- Giants D-line made their presence known early and often. That was one of the biggest keys of the game in my opinion, and the Giants brought it.
- For how the Giants offense moved the ball in the first half, it’s amazing to me that the Patriots led at halftime.
- Madonna halftime show: not bad. I tend to not watch halftime shows, but this was a good throwback to older pop with some new artists mixed in. Did M.I.A. really need to flip the bird though?
- Bill Belichick is so good at adjusting to his opponents. If he thinks his team is being outplayed in any facet of the game, the Patriots will adjust.
- Similarly, Tom Brady has ice water in his veins. No fear in him.
- Wes Welker, I really that drop doesn’t define your career. It’s been too good for it to be defined by one dropped catch.
- Probably won’t happen though, thanks to that Denver pawn shop that dropped Butterfinger candy bars into Boston this week…
- Manningham, great catch. Where did you hone those skills?
- Really can’t ask for a better ending. Last-second, teeth-clenching moments.
Congrats to the Giants for their last-minute victory. Better luck next year New England.
This was the best ad from Sunday’s Super Bowl, in my opinion.
It’s finally here… the Super Bowl. Giants vs. Patriots, rematch of the 2007 game in which New York spoiled New England’s perfect season. If I remember correctly, there are 4 Michigan players who are playing in this game (Tom Brady, Zoltan Mesko, Mario Manningham, and David Baas). The game should be pretty good, Super Bowls usually are, but it is games like these that make careers.
With the Super Bowl on Sunday, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the top 10 sports trophies of all time. The Patriots and Giants will be fighting this weekend for the Lombardi Trophy, which is definitely a symbol of athletic greatness. Will it make the list? We’ll see…