Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Well – it happened. Good Fortune, Inc (aka the Patriots) won the Super Bowl again. BOO! HISS! Super Bowl 39 was the culmination of a craptacular season. Have you ever noticed how nothing ever goes against the Patriots? The balls always bounce in their favor. Nothing unlucky ever happens to them. It’s like Bill Belichick carries around a four leaf clover to every game. What’s up with that? I don’t mean to take anything away from the players or coaching staff, but it’s like there’s an invisible leprechaun flying around the field when the Patriots play making sure all goes well for them. If it’s not making sure that the most important kickoff of the game goes out of bounds (see Super Bowl 38), it’s making sure that Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb have forgotten that they need to score twice with 5 minutes left in the game. I can just see it now. There the leprechaun is, floating around McNabb’s head saying, “I’ll give ye some of me Lucky Charms if ye huddle up!”
How do you NOT go into hurry up offense the moment you get that ball with 5:40 left in the game, and you have just 2 time outs left? You HAVE to do it. This is the SUPER BOWL for Pete’s Sake! It’s not time to sing merrily to yourself, “What would Brian Boitano do?” Now I’m reading that McNabb was sick during that last drive, and that’s why they looked like they were playing in slow motion. Yeah…ok…sick from too many Lucky Charms! That still doesn’t explain how Andy Reid stood on the sideline and looked like he had forgotten that he was at a football game – let alone the biggest game of his coaching career. The clock management in this game by the Eagles was atrocious.
Maybe it was the pressure of being in their first Super Bowl after 3 previous failed attempts in the NFC Championship Game? It certainly looked like a choke fest to me. But, hey, I believe in the leprechaun. It was there. It’s the only way to explain the Patriots’ sheer volume of good fortune.
Yes, I’m still bitter about the Panthers’ kick off going out of bounds in Super Bowl 38. How do you freaking kick the ball out of bounds with 1:08 left to play?! If I had been Coach Fox I would have beat the crap out of John Kasay (the kicker) right then and there. I would have given him a Lucky Charms enema. What’s so great about Lucky Charms anyway?! I don’t want any of the freaking things. Sorry – I digress.
Again, I have nothing against Belichick or anyone else on the Patriots’ staff or team. They’re all great players and coaches – there is no denying that. However, it just seems the teams give away the games to them. All nice, sweet, and gift wrapped at that. It’s great to be a well coached team that has won 3 of the last 4 Super Bowls. But to have done it by basically relying on your opponents to make horrible mistakes so they could win by 3 points just takes the shine off of it for me. I don’t call the Patriots a dynasty – not at all. I’m sorry, folks, but the 49’ers and the Cowboys both beat the crap out of their opponents. The Steelers much less so, but they were still a dominating team. It just seems to me that if you don’t make absolutely stupid mistakes, you can beat the Pats. In fact, I’ll go as far to say that you SHOULD beat the Pats. They’re not all that great.
But, hey, who the hell am I to talk? What do I know? Belichick and CO have 3 Super Bowl rings and I have zero. (Not counting the two rings Belichick won being defensive coordinator for the Giants.) Well, unless you count the dominating smack down that I gave the Pats in Madden 2005. I am immune to the leprechaun….