Originally Posted by Thomas
It wasn't working for her either.
Notwithstanding my conviction that there are no saints in professional sports (Excepting my beloved Spurs), I wanted to see the Pats win for Junior Seau and for Randy Moss in particular who seems to have really cleaned up his act for this team. Belichick and Brady, well, they've got enough rings now and I won't shed a tear for them. Then there's that perfect season thing.
On the other side of the coin I am glad for Coughlin and Manning.
Oh, I'm not disagreeing with you that there are no saints in professional anything
, I just don't find unsubstantiated allegations against "everyone else" to be very moving as a defense, even if I agree that the allegations are entirely plausible (hell, even likely).
On the flip side of the coin, for someone who's been rooting for the Patriots to lose since probably week 5 or 6 of this season, I was surprisingly conflicted once the game ended. I felt happy for the Giants, but I didn't expect to empathize with the Pats as much as I did. That's a hell of a gut shot to take, being on the cusp of a perfect season as the overwhelming favorite, only to end up falling short to a team that no one ever took quite seriously enough. I agree on Seau--would have been nice for him. Though Strahan is a hilarious guy, and it was nice to see him get his.
Originally Posted by whacked
Been waiting forever since the Patriots demolished your favorite teams to get back, haven't y'all?
The Giants comprehensively demolished my favorite team in fairly spectacular fashion during the regular season (you might remember Umenyiora registering six sacks ALL BY HIMSELF in the first game against the Eagles). They beat us much worse than the Patriots did. AND they're division rivals. Yet I'm still happy for them.
Personally, I've just been waiting forever just to rub it in a few smug Pats fans' faces.
Originally Posted by Artisan Fan
Very exciting game. Really surprised the QB protection around Brady was so poor. The Pats had to figure it was coming.
Thing is, it's not like the Giants were sending crazy six- or seven-man blitzes at Brady's protection from strange angles, doing a lot of stunting, etc. For most of the game, they were just sending four or five guys. It's not that the Patriots couldn't see it was coming, it's just that the Giants' big men flat out BEAT the Patriots' O-line. I agree, though, I was surprised, too. The Pats have had one of the best (maybe the best?) O-lines in the league for the entire season. Maybe they were just exhausted?