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We lost our chance to see history tonight. Damn. Not that I was pulling for the Pats for any other reason. In fact, if history had not been in the making, I would have been fully on board with the underdog, so, having no emotional attachment to either team, I’m tickled the Giants won. Still, it would have been nice to see history made, with the added bonus of seeing the collapse of all the hopes and dreams of the overly boastful and utterly insufferable 1972 Miami Dolphins (excluding a few). 

Little Eli has come into his own. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was perfect when it needed to be. It’s going to be fun watching him play, to see if he becomes the Next Great Quarterback. At the beginning of the game there was an interesting moment when Eli ran past Brady and patted him on the back, smiling boyishly, with an expression of genuine good will. Brady responded with a severe glance and a slow nod. And then the kid won the game.

Brady is still one of the greatest of all time, but this game went a long way in showing exactly what makes a great quarterback. If the O-line could have kept the Giants D off Brady, the end result might have been different. It might have been the same for other great quarterbacks who never won the Super Bowl: Kelly, Marino, Fouts…When it counted, the Giants O-line did what it had to do to let Manning operate. That was the difference in the game.

Belichick is likely the most classless individual to ever coach in a Super Bowl. Leaving the field with a second left when it was obviously done…it’s easy to say that he got what he deserved: a big, fat, Giant “L.” From that perspective alone it is pleasing to see the Giants win. I never saw anything negative from any of the G-men’s players or coaches. No, the only bad performance was from Bill the boss. Glad he got taken to the woodshed, I am.

The most disturbing thing of all to me was in imagining the roster of the ’72 Dolphins cheering when the Patriots lost. Talk about classless. The story would be a lot different if, in their recent interviews, at least one of them could have stepped up and said something positive about the Patriots’ potential accomplishment. But no, all they could do these past weeks was talk about their own accomplishments, and defend their manifest right to occupy the highest pillar of football accomplishment alone. Well, you got your wish, Dolphins, the Pats lost. Now if only you’d been a bit more diplomatic I might still have some respect for you. As it is, I have lost respect for you and your accomplishment. Congrats.

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Mercury Morris just stated (whined) in an interview on ESPNEWS that the Patriots are “Really close to equaling what we did in 1972,” meaning accomplishing an undefeated season in the NFL. But actually, Mr. Morris, if the Patriots win tonight they will effectively surpass what you did in 1972. This is exactly why I hope the Patriots do win tonight; because I really want the ’72 undefeated Dolphins team-especially Coach Don Shula–to shut up already. Right now they’re whining that winning 19 consecutive games in the NFL is no more difficult than winning 17 consecutive games. An absolutely preposterous statement which simply proves their snobbish elitism.

Morris even goes so far as to point out that “He knows what it means to be undefeated, but you don’t.” He’s speaking to the interviewer, of course, but you get the feeling that he’s talking to all of us, the entire nation, and telling us all that he is better than we are. All the Patriots are on the cusp of doing, according to him, is learning what it means to have a 1.000% winning percentage.  

I know one thing–the best way to galvanize this nation of fans against you is to keep mouthing off about how great you are, or in this case, were. If the Patriots do finish undefeated, and humbly accept their trophy and thank the fans, then they will quickly be given the key to the number one spot in history of the NFL and the ’72 Dolphins team will be subjected to the royal back seat. They won’t even have an argument any more, because this nation of fans will give them their assignment. Sure, they can still pop their champagne corks every year in celebration of themselves, but the fans will pop their corks in honor of someone else. Quite possibly the New England Patriots. In reality, the ’72 Dolphins have never really been embraced as one of the greatest teams of all time, despite being undefeated. They’ve even been called “a team without superstars.” Yes, they did manage to win 17 straight games, but they didn’t win 19, and get ready boys, because if the Patriots win tonight, you’re going to hear that for the rest of your lives.

But I’ll make one accede one point: if the Patriots lose tonight, there’ll still only be one undefeated team in NFL history, and the Dolphins will still be able to pop their corks every year as the only ones to accomplish the feat. But if the Pats win, move over Miami, because you will have been bested.

It’s a good thing it’s the Dolphins who are doing all this complaining (whining). Being in South Florida they won’t have to go very far to find an equally disgruntled group of elderly folks. Then they can all combine forces and grumble about whatever unfairness they like. 

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