There is only one thing that can beat perfection. Determination. And determination was the driving force that propelled the New York Football Giants past the New England Patriots in Superbowl XLII. There was no lucky bounce, no bad call, no questionable spot of the ball. Nobody slipped and allowed a receiver to get wide open, and there were no bad coaches decisions to blame. The Giants came out and shocked the world. They put a beat down on the Patriots that all of New England will never forget, and they put an end to the “perfect season”.
This team earned this. They won at Tampa Bay, at Dallas, and survived the below freezing temperatures to win at Green Bay. They beat Romo, Favre, and Brady. That is what a champion does. Win.
Going into week 17 I was rooting for the Giants to bench their starters. We were going to get blown out anyway, so why bother risking an injury to a starter in a game that didn’t mean anything? I was telling my friends that I didn’t even care if we missed the playoffs because whoever got to the Superbowl was going to get smoked by the Patriots. Then came week 17. The Giants decided that they were going to lay it all on the line and try and win the unwinnable game. They almost pulled it off. They proved to the whole world that they could play with these guys. They lost 38-35, but proved that they had what it takes to hang in there if the teams met again in the Superbowl. That is when I realized that maybe this team was better then I thought. Now the Partiots are 18-1 and the Giants have the last pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Every other team in the league will now play their starters in week 17. Just ask the Colts how benching all their starters in the 2nd half of week 17 worked out for them come playoff time.
All year I heard about how great it is to be a Boston fan. The Red Sox won the World Series, the Patriots are undefeated, and the Celtics are the best team in the East. Well, I think its time to realize that the tides have turned. The Giants won the Superbowl and ruined the Patriots pursuit of perfection, the Mets got Johan Santana and are favored to get to the World Series. We are one Isaiah Thomas firing from being right where they were only a few months ago. This is New York sports euphoria. It doesn’t get any better than this.