Monday, February 04, 2008

Super Choke

I'd be remiss if I didn't put something up about the Super Bowl...and I don't want to be accused of ignoring it because my team lost. Badly.

First, let's get this out of the way—undefeated regular seasons mean jack if you can't close it out. The Pats might as well have gone 12-4 or whatever if this was going to happen. The only thing "for the ages" about this season now is the fact that they got beat by the fifth seed Wild Card team.

Second. I didn't care about this game. Don't believe me? I took the opportunity to go to a deserted Lowe's and Home Depot early in the game, and never thought twice about it. I knew I'd catch some of the game here and there, and I TiVo'd the fourth quarter and watched it later since it was close, but I'm just not invested in this team anymore.

I got as sick as everybody else of all the hype this year. Belichick and the New England fans have become insufferable, and I consider this loss a nice karmic payback for "Spygate."

I'm just sorry Junior Seau worked his ass off to come back and lose, I hate that New York fans (not Giant fans specifically, but NY fans of anything, period) get to celebrate, and most of all, I wanted those bitter old Dolphins to STFU. But that's about it.

Eli strapped on a set that I didn't think existed in the Manning family combined, and he marched his team down the field in, well, Brady-like fashion and put this one away. David Tyree made a ridiculous catch after Manning somehow escaped a freaking 10-car pileup to heave it down the field, and Plaxico Buress got the last word on Tom Brady in the trash exchange.

Congratulations to the only Giant fan I can think of off the top of my head, Fridge, and to the morons back in New England who have gotten to the point of making Yankee fans look restrained, you had it coming.


Mike said...

undefeated regular seasons mean jack if you can't close it out.

Not to make light of the loss, but you're overstating it a bit. With the benefit of perspective, the 16-0 season will look pretty good. They didn't win it all, true, but that undefeated season'll be talked about -- in a good way -- as the years go on.

Rob said...

I'm with furious. 16-0 is the same as 15-1 if you don't come home with the hardware.

That said, it's hard to type with this headache, that was some sweet champagne I had with those crusty old curmudgeons last night!

Mr Furious said...

I should point out, Mike, that I somewhat exempt the Mets from my NY-hatred. Not necessarily Mets fans (you and Rickey excepted) but I don't begrudge some success in Flushing.

Not sure I can get behind a World Series Championship, but I do pull for the Mets. Congrats on Santana—you guys fleeced the Twins and stuck it to the Yanks.

Mr Furious said...

Disagree Mike. 18-1 is 18-1. Sure 18 wins is impressive, and the most ever, but at that point you gotta win 19.


And while I'm not going to act like I saw this loss coming (I didn't), but I am NOT surprised. At all. The people setting the line and calling for blowouts were thinking of a Patriots team from October. They closed the season out fairly weakly and there was little doubt in my mind that it would be a much closer game.

Toast said...

Wow. Who would have thought that a putative Patriots fan would write one of the best post-Patriots-loss posts I've found today?

Mr Furious said...

[chuckles] What can I say? That's honestly how I feel about it. If I had spent more time this fall watching games I might feel a bit more invested, but somehow I doubt it.

I will say this, being in the role of fan of a heavy favorite is unfamiliar, if not uncomfortable for me. It's completely foreign to me and my life experience (80s Celtics excluded). I think it's part of the reason I drifted away from UConn and college hoops as well (UConn becoming a cross between Duke and UNLV plus the dismantling of the Big East as I knew it helped).

Of course moving to the Midwest and having kids has played a huge role in my ability to see games and nourish my fandom, but I don't find it sapping my connection to the Red Sox. Yet.