Super Bowl 51

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Re: Super Bowl 51

Postby Mister Tee » Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:03 pm

Didn't want you to feel like you'd posted this thread for nothing.

I'd said to my parents in the afternoon, I had never so not wanted to watch a Super Bowl. My animus for Brady is so strong (for all the reasons you mention, plus a number of Boston relatives who would send ARod to the gallows but think Brady is the most blameless athlete who ever lived), and my interest in Atlanta so limited, that the downside (watching a Patriot win) far outweighed any pleasure I might take.

So, from my POV, the reversal of fortune made for a completely grisly affair. Unlike many, I never took an Atlanta victory for granted, on the premise that the bad guys always find a way. The latter portion of the game, in fact, felt eerily like Election Night, with victory just slipping narrowly away. And, much like Election Night, I bailed early: when Atlanta frittered away that possession on the 21-yard line -- at a point when a field goal would have iced the win -- I intuited a crushing outcome, and turned off the game I hadn't particularly wanted to watch in the first place.

For me, the Giants' two wins over the Patriots, or the Saints' win, will always be greater games, but I acknowledge that, for Patriots' fans, this one will reign supreme. (The funny thing is, most of the Pats' fans I know are also devoted Democrats, and they don't understand why so many of the rest of us insist on lumping their team in with Trump.)

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Super Bowl 51

Postby dws1982 » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:21 am

As the guy who doesn't really keep track of football beyond the college level (and only halfway keeps track of it there), I never have a vested interest in the Super Bowl. Most years I watch at least some of though.

I watched most of this year's game. Watched the first half at my parent's house, and then, when it seemed more-or-less over, went home (about a 15-20 minute drive) only to see that it was far from over.

Claims of the Greatest Super Bowl Ever will definitely be thrown out about this game, and while I haven't seen enough Super Bowls to be able to give an definitive opinion, it's hard to argue against this as a great game with its epic come-from-behind victory. I guess the downside would be that the Patriots were the ones who came from behind, and most have really turned on the Patriots due to both deflate-gate and the fact that the two faces of the franchise--Bill Belichick and Tom Brady--have both been supporters of Donald Trump.

I will say this though: I'll never argue against Tom Brady as the greatest QB of all time.

Didn't really pay much attention to any of the commercials.

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