Monday, February 06, 2017

The drive for five is complete

"Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick them all out, you'll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts."

With all due respect, Ms. Streep, that football game played Sunday evening was definitely art.

The New England Patriots won the first ever overtime game in Super Bowl history, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

To sum it up:

- The Patriots overcame a 28-3 deficit, easily making their win the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.

- Pats quarterback Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls, which ties Charles Haley for most by a single player. But Brady's five is the most for a QB, surpassing his boyhood idol Joe Montana as well as Terry Bradshaw.

- Coach Bill Belichick won his fifth championship, which is the most in the Super Bowl era and ties him all-time with a couple of guys by the name of Halas and Lombardi.

- Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP award, which is also a record.

- That awkward moment finally happened as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell congratulated the quarterback whom he seemed hellbent on punishing severely for little more than an equipment violation.

- And finally, my heart goes out to the Falcons fans. Seriously, I as a Vikings fan have felt several gut-punch losses, specifically the 3 NFC title games in 1987, 1998 and 2009, and I still can't bring myself to even watch highlights of any of those contests. I can't imagine what it must feel like to endure such a devastating loss in the biggest game of all. But if the Falcons can put the mental anguish of this loss behind them, they will once again be very formidable in 2017 with the core they have in place.


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