Throughout the preceding 10 or so years the Patriots have made it to the playoffs time and time again. It has been an era of excellence matched by few teams. As a fan, I have had few reasons to fret.
If you grew up reading Mad magazine, you well know the sage advice dispensed in every issue by the magazines cover boy, Alfred E. Newman. "What me worry?"
That short phrase has served me well through childhood and the majority of my adult life. That mantra will be relied upon greatly throughout this Super Bowl game.
You would think that having lost to the Giants in the regular season I would be concerned that they could have an edge over the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Not so.
Ask any NFL coach or player, the regular and post seasons differ significantly. Case in point, you only have to look at what the Giants have accomplished. They went 9-7 through the regular season and squeaked into the playoffs only to win all but one of their games as the visiting team.
Just mentioning the Giants improbable run should give me a fright. This year's team made it through the playoffs much like they did when they won their last Super Bowl title over the Patriots.
Should I worry that the Giants are only three point underdogs? The last time they faced each other the Pats were an undefeated team and twelve point favorites. It didn't help the Pats one bit.
You might point out that the Pats defense is ranked next to last in the NFL, as bad as their offense is good. While the Giants defense KO'd the top-ranked Green Bay Packers offense on the way to the "Big Show".
No worries. Despite the Pats defensive ranking compared to the Giants, you'll see that the Pats lead them in a couple of key factors. In points allowed the Patriot defense only gave up 342 while the Giants gave up 400.
The Patriots also win the take-away category with +17 vs. +7 for the Giants.
When we start to talk about the offenses of the two teams I only have one thing to say....."What me worry?"
Let's talk coaching for a moment. This subject relaxes my psyche as Bill Belichick has a lifetime winning percentage of .643 percent and a .724 percent with the Patriots, while Tom Coughlin is at .555 percent lifetime and .578 percent with the Giants. Coaching is not a worry for me.
The one major factor that really puts me at ease is this year the Patriots have been making their Super Bowl run a study in payback.
It only seems fitting that the Patriots win this Super Bowl against the Giants in the Colts' home stadium.
Revenge is sweet, so when I hear from the casual fan to the televised NFL analyst that the Giants could take this crown from the Patriots I fall back on my favorite phrase, "What me worry?
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