So there evidently this game last night . . .
A random bunch of observations about the Giants victory.
- It would have been completely awesome had Eli Manning announced in his post-game interview that Payton was coming to the Giants as his backup.
- Speaking of post-game celebrations, the NFL’s attempts to mimic the Stanley Cup celebration comes off as so incredibly lame. The NHL might be the red-headed stepchild of North American professional sports, but it has the one championship celebration that every other pro sports league tries to imitate, but none of them are as cool and as genuine as the hoisting of the Stanley Cup and the parade around the ice.
- People will point to the Giants 9-7 record as a condemnation of the NFL regular season, but does anybody who watched that game think that the Giants weren’t the better team? The Pats had touchdown drives immediately before and after halftime, but the Giants basically dominated just about every other second of that game. So many teams in the NFL are either all defense and or all offense, and the Giants are one of the very few who play well on both sides of the ball. On top of that, the Giants beat the Packers (really, they mauled them), the 49ers and the Patriots on the way to a championship. That’s not a fluke.
- I’m probably in the minority but I was happy when Bradshaw slipped into the endzone. Sure, the odds slightly favor going for the chip shot field goal over letting Brady have the ball with 50 seconds, but too many things can go wrong. Just one game ago the Patriots saw a kicker miss a sure-fire field goal that would have sent the AFC championship game into overtime. It’s the Super Bowl, and you take the points and the lead when it is being offered to you, and then trust that the defense can hold.
- The Manning to Tyree play is probably still the superior one when you factor in Manning escaping a sack, but Manning to Manningham is a close second.
- Oh, and did I mention the Giants are the champions of the world: