Even though I said I wasn’t going to watch Super Bowl XLVI, I ended up turning on the game during the National Anthem and witnessed what may have been the greatest Super Bowl ever played. There may have been a better Super Bowl then last night’s New York Giants 21-17 win over the New England Patriots, I just don’t remember ever seeing it.
Maybe Super Bowl XLII, the 2008 match-up between the Giants and the then undefeated Patriots was better, but I don’t think I watched it. The result was the same, a Giants victory over the better Patriots.
The Patriots had a better season than the Giants, but they didn’t have a better night.
The play of the game was Mario Manningham’s catch on the sideline with two Patriot defenders hanging on him. The 38-yard catch resulted in a Giants first-down and a Patriots time-out. Even though the play happened right in front of Patriots coach Bill Belichick and he should have known the catch was good, Belichick challenged the ruling. The replay clearly showed the catch was good. The Patriots lost a time out. The next time I hear what a football genius Bill Belichick is, I’m going to think of that challenge and what it cost his team.
As it turns out, the Patriots really could have used that time-out.
Even the half-time show was good. As much as I wanted to hate on Madonna, she was stupendous. The show wasn’t without controversy when singer M.I.A. flipped the middle finger to the camera. I’m not sure why this was surprising. This seems like a normal thing for her to do. Normal for her at least. Maybe next time, the NFL will do a quick Google search on its half-time performers.
With the win, Giants quarterback Eli Manning now has twice as many Super Bowl victories as his older brother Payton Manning. He also has twice as many Super Bowl MVP awards as Payton. For being named Super Bowl XLVI MVP, the younger Manning was awarded a 2012 Centennial Edition convertible Corvette. It’s probably the first Corvette I’ve ever seen that I actually liked. I wish someone would give one to me.
It was a fantastic Super Bowl.