SB LV: TB, 31; KC, 9. Tom Brady wins his seventh of ten Super Bowls. Let that sink in. He may be going for a ring on every finger (or more???). Congrats to Tampa. And to their credit, KC never gave up.
I have not watched a minute of football this season. Still, for this evening’s Super Bowl, I call Tampa. Because Brady playing at home, or just Brady. 7! Score? …uh, 7. Seven rings. VII. We’ll know for certain later. One will note that today’s date is the seventh – 7 for VII?
That is all.
From me. You know how extraordinary this is…
After careful consideration, and another painful, perhaps drug-addled visit with my surgeon, I hereby endorse THIS GUY,
for President of the… No! NO! Wait, I endorse THIS DUDE,
for President of What’s Left of the Whatever States of You Know. He’s got it. I don’t know who he is, that he’s really running, or anything else, but WOW! This is the man to solve the stuff! ROCK THE VOTE, MAN!!!
GAWD, I hurt…
The Patriots win. Again.
I said the Patriots would be in SB LI. They were. I said they’d beat the … ? … whoever they beat last year. They did. Then, last year, immediately after that predictable victory, I said the people in Boston were serious about coming back this year, this month, tomorrow. (Consult the Feb. 2017 archives for that and so much more). They meant it and they did it. They’re serious about winning again too. They will.
Still got some seats left! At a bargain price… ESPN.
And, still they won’t be finished. I’ve said previously that Brady and Co. would win number six to tie the Steelers for all-time wins and then win no. 7 for the record. I’m not sure 7 will follow 6 in succession next year but anything’s possible. Then, this particular dynasty might (might…) be finished. Time will tell. It’s also telling that Brady, Gisele’s alleged protestations aside, also predicts 2 more SB wins.
*Last year I ran some memes about the Falcons and their “heartbreaking” loss, which I commenced dropping before they actually lost. It now occurs to me that eagles and falcons are near aviary twins. So, I could repeat the memes, merely striking one for the other, name-wise. I won’t. I’m not that cruel and it’s not necessary.*
There’s a reason for all this, for the unstoppable perfection. I covered that pretty well last year for SB LI. A few days ago I heard some sports commentator expound that even the Pats haters should take a moment to appreciate the uniqueness of what we’ve witnessed these past two decades out of NE; it’s something special in sports history. Most won’t and that’s okay. In fact, it may be better so.
One of the two positions must be true: 1) either the Pats don’t notice and/or don’t care about the opposition opinions, or; 2) they feed off of it. If it’s the later, then there’s a lot of food for the feast: it really is New England vs. The World.
BOSTON (CBS) – “New England vs. Everybody” is more than just a shirt – it’s reality, according to a new poll.
A survey from Monmouth University finds that 37 percent of Americans are rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LII, compared to just 16 percent who want another Patriots championship.
If you hate them down now, they will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine…
Powerful like tomorrow evening. 28 – 24, NE.
PS: as noted at FP News this week, this could also be the H3N2 Flu Bowl…
Steel. That emotional control I wrote about earlier. A steely resolve to do the impossible.
From the Boston Herald:
Tom Brady and the Patriots rewrote the history books and the storylines last night with their epic, 34-28 victory against the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. They trailed 28-3 midway through the third quarter before ripping off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Prior to this, the Pats’ 10-point comeback two years ago against the Seahawks had set the bar.
Tom Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and he was 12 of 16 for 150 yards on the tying and winning drives in the fourth quarter and overtime. The five-time champion led his 51st game-winning drive in the 51st Super Bowl.
I read in the Boston or sporting press somewhere the “grading” of the team. “A” for Brady. “B” for coaching. “Cs” for the defense. I guess “B” stands for “bravo” and “Cs” stands for “Champions”.
First come-from-behind from more than 10 points win in Super Bowl history.
First Super Bowl in overtime.
Record Ninth Super Bowl appearance (seven with Brady and Coach B.).
Fifth win (all behind Brady) (NE looks to tie the Steelers record 6 next year).
Brady’s 466 passing yards – SB record.
Brady is undeniably the best quarterback in history.
First SB of the MAGA era.
Probably a bunch of other records.
The greatest performance in the greatest SB (according to someone at ESPN). I agree.
And the Pats did all of this on the heels of a year when they alone had to play one extra game, a game that lasted the whole season. They played a year-long game against the NFL itself and most of the rest of the world. And they won. The NFL, Roger Goodell, and all the rest are losers.
Goodell should resign. Today.
Brady, Coach B., and Co. showed what you do when the world is against you: turn all the hatred into resolve and beat the world down.
And they’re not done yet…
The Falcons aren’t done either. They had an outstanding season and played an incredible game. They dominated 3/4ths of it – they dominated the best team in history. Maybe no-one else could have done that. In the end it was not enough, though it was impressive.
I’ve read many rants about the 4th quarter disintegration. That was destiny. Sorry. But nobody is harder on themselves than Atlanta fans.
Some in Atlanta are already talking about “next year” – a familiar UGA phrase. That is the spirit. But put it off for another year. They’re saying the same thing in Boston and, there, they mean it.
The “meaning it” is critical. Four things are required to win football championships: a great coach, a great quarterback, a demanding, loyal owner, and an expectant, demanding fan base. Boston is a sports crazed town, best of all American cities; they have all elements across all their teams – especially in the Patriots. Fanatics doesn’t come close. Atlanta finally has the first three but not yet the fourth.
The winning psyche matters. The AJC’s Mark Bradley captured it perfectly last night (if harshly): Mark Bradley: Falcons lose the most Atlanta game ever. When you make your city’s name synonymous with losing, you have a problem.
The Falcons fan base needs to analyze 37 years of failed UGA football. “Good”, “pretty good”, “almost”, “high winning percentage”, and “next year” just don’t cut it. They have to expect excellence and demand excellence. Stop focusing on how someone else is the worst and become the best yourselves.
Take everything I just wrote about Atlanta and invert it. As President Trump Tweeted: “They’re winners.”
The Commercials/SJW Watch
I think someone at the NFL and Madison Avenue finally got the memo that Americans are tired of anti-Americanisms. The SJW nonsense was there, subtly, though it was much more muted than I had expected.
Also, I think the age of the stellar, funny, and memorable SB commercials is over.
Wow. Part of me (and others) half expected Gaga, an outspoken liberal, to politically ham up her show and continue the shenanigans from 2016. Instead she opened patriotically and put on a heck of a show. In answer to that stupid Masters question of a few years back: “Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum?” – I’ll take Gaga.
Professional. Witty. Fun. And hot…
Congratulations to the (once again) Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. Yes. Told ya so. There’s that. I originally called NE winning 31-30. 34-28 does it too. Wow. And they held back the whole first half…
May have some thoughts tomorrow. I think we can safely call Tom Brady the greatest quarterback in history. 5. Five. 5…
For their part, the Falcons played an incredible game, a championship worthy game.
Ah, well. Memes away!
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Have you ever been to the Yankee Capital on the Potomac? I have. The place stinks of corruption and swamp gas (mostly corruption). The air is heavy with a dread sense of impending doom. It is the opposite of Disney Land. It is the least happiest place on earth.
Washington is overrun with an odd assortment of con artists, criminals, psychopaths and their sycophants. Worst of the worst are the elected trash under the Capital dome and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. These grafting lunatics continually foist scheme after scheme on the unenlightened American People. They want everything: your money, your freedom, your property, your children, your obedience, and your very lives. These otherwise unemployable degenerates are the front men for what George Carlin used to call “The Big Club.” It’s an organization of wealthy pirates, money changers, politicians and other villains.
The Club gets what it wants – everything – all the time. Watch and listen as George lays it all out (around 2:00 min. in he states my title):
George on Youtube. WARNING: Video contains strong TRUTH.
Lately, the Club has been pushing another criminal trade act. I commented on the Act (H.R. 1314) last time I rambled. Normally, I let these things go with one or two posts but this one is special, unusual. The anomaly lies in the relentless bi-partisan way this Bill is being rammed through the legislative process.
The Act itself is the work of President Obama (a Democrat). It has nominal Democratic support in Congress. The fighting power behind this insane drive comes from the Republicans in Congress (Republicans are the opposite of Democrats, remember?).
The purpose of this satanic work of corporate lobbying and largess is to steal the last of your money and employment and deposit them into the greedy, dirty hands of foreigners and Wall Street banksters.
There are a number of uncomfortable truths associated with American politics. One is that Republicans, supposedly the though, all-American, good old boys, are some of the most spineless wimps every embodied. They roll over for anything and everything. Obamacare: they let it ride. Crushing debt: they fight it until they don’t. Babies being murdered by the millions: they are “outraged” if impotent. These losers normally provide a little surface friction for the cameras and then let anything go. It’s their role under our ONE PARTY SYSTEM. Imagine professional wrestling with a all “heels” cast.
This time around the GOP is fighting like wild banshees, fighting like nothing I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and company are risking everything on this one. They have taken Obama’s pass and are headed to the end zone come hell or high water. Like Tom Brady they may have to take a short suspension for cheating but they will win this one – for the Club.
In a separate but related story Sen. Orin Hatch (R, Utah) has introduced a Bill to help more foreigners take jobs from you via the H1-B visa program. He will get his way on this. The Salt Lake Tribune opines he should seek to fix the program instead of expanding it. Why not just end it and let Americans make a living in America? Oh yeah, that doesn’t benefit the Club.
The Club, like the WWE, knows it has a PR problem. After decades of being screwed over, even the dumbest, slowest American sap begins to suspect something is amiss. Enter a “face” character, a hero for the common man – cut from uncommon cloth. Last night on CSPAN I watched Donald Trump lay out his bombastic, non-specific plan to save the Nation. The Donald is running for President.
No donors required! Forbes/Getty.
Trump is the “outsider” in a field of some 6,000 or so Republicans seeking the most dishonest job under the sun. I heard him say things that made him stand out. I liked a lot of it. Most of it sounded like a sales pitch. That’s the beauty and wonder of Donald Trump – he is the best salesman in the world. He said many of the right things. He cursed and called our current crop of idiot “leaders” out as just that – stupid people unqualified for their positions. I liked that part. He also told the cheering crowd (watch for yourself) he would make America great again. I really liked that. He stated some plain and uncomfortable truths; he said what few others dare. I loved it. Can he deliver?
Many slick salesmen don’t deliver the goods they promise. Trump usually does. When he boasts about a new skyscraper with the best of everything under its roof, a magnificent structure will surely follow. Can he deliver in the political field? Real estate development is a noble endeavor. Trump excells at it. He builds real things that benefit real people. That’s what development is all about. Politics is about lies, deception, illusions and anything but useful creation.
I don’t think The Donald will fit in. I don’t think he can be the change needed. I think Ron Paul was the last hope for that – back in 2008. Now, it would seem a little to late to retool and rebuild. The hope now is in mitigating the damages and preparing for a new future. Part of me hopes I’m wrong and that we are not past the point of no return. Part of me hopes to get to the future (hopefully one without the Club) as fast as possible – a little pain for a while then a fresh start. Time will tell.
Beyond Trump’s pomp and sales pitch I heard several nuggets which plainly proclaimed Trump to be a $9 Billion business as usual candidate. Trump is opposed to the afore-mentioned Trade Act. He also says he will “repeal and REPLACE” Obamacare. I’ll bet he has plans to replace the Trade legislation too. That will not cut it. Abstinence is the only deal with the devil which ever pays off. One cannot tune the forces of darkness to one’s whims and expect peace.
Similarly, Trump says he will “save” Social Security. This echoes the age-old Republican mantra of shoring up, replacing, privatizing, or re-working that failed communist program. Abolishing it is never an option. No mind that we did just fine as a country for 159 years without such welfare confiscation. Re-imagined evil is still evil.
Remember all of this should you shuffle into a voting booth next fall. Your vote, be it for the billionaire, the old hag, ANOTHER BUSH, the shirtless cool dude, etc., will be in vain. The spirit of Carlin and I will waiting on you down the street at the cigar club or the gun range.