Super Bowl XLII: A Patriots Fan's Perspective

Chris Radez@@ChrisRadezSenior Writer IFebruary 12, 2008

I suppose, more than a week after the Super Bowl, that it's time for me to wrap up the Patriots' season in a Bleacher Report Article.

After all, I haven't even had the motivation or the spirit to write an article since being given the title of 'Columnist' (which, by the way, I'm quite humbled by).

It's just that, after being so excited to see my favorite entity in sports win so many games, it was a tough task watching them fall.

See, I went to Las Vegas that weekend. I lost everything I went with, and then some. That was fine by me, as I was still wearing a smile, looking forward to watching the biggest football game of the year when I arrived back home in California; a game in which I was almost sure I'd be afterward celebrating the victory of my beloved Patriots, and a perfect season to boot. 

Then, my flight was delayed. I don't mean you're silly 20 minute delay either. I was forced to watch the entire Super Bowl from an airport bar, around a ridiculous amount of Giants "fans."


As the game progressed, I became more and more amazed by the fact that the inevitable was about to happen. The Mighty Patriots were about to be a part of one of the biggest upsets in sports history, and there was nothing I could do but sit there and listen to a bunch of people who don't care about the Giants one bit cheer them on in hopes of witnessing the downfall of my Pats.

Okay, understandable. People love to see an upset. I can't fault them for that.

Watching that last drive was basically just a confirmation of what I had been thinking all along. New York was destined to win this game. It was all summed up in one play.

You know what play I'm talking about.

Eli Manning almost gets sacked, somehow manages to escape, and throws one of the most eloquent passes I've seen, caught against the helmet of no-name receiver, David Tyree. It was one of those things you have to sit and absorb for a few seconds before you decide whether to go nuts about it, or fall into a coma of sadness over.

Me? I took almost 10 days to even accept it.

So here I am, eating my crow. I was one of the many who said the Giants didn't stand a chance against New England in a warm weather environment. I imagined a game similar to those played by the Pats in the first eight weeks of the season. Unstoppable shotgun formations and all day to throw the football. I was wrong.

Throw out all of the highlight reels from the 2007 regular season, wipe the record books from your memory and get ready for the next season. What the Patriots did in 2007 is now meaningless.

I could sit here and try to site reasons why the Giants were the winners of this game, and why they're the best football team in the 2007-08 NFL season, but I don't really see a point in trying to cross the t's or dot the i's.

Plain and simple, the New York Giants wanted it more. Congratulations. 

I'll be providing my readers with updated Patriots news as the offseason progresses, so add me as one of your favorite writers, and stay tuned.


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