In post-game remarks, Patriots owner Bob Kraft compared his team overcoming the scandal known as deflategate to when the Patriots won the first Super Bowl after 9/11:
"You know, to all the Patriot fans out there, wherever you are, this is our fourth Super Bowl championship in the last 14 years. The first one we won I thought was pretty special, because it happened at a unique time in or country, when it meant a lot. I never thought another trophy could feel as special but this one absolutely does," said Kraft, after last night's game.
"And every true Patriot fan understands it."
That first Patriots Super Bowl victory was on February 3, 2002, just months after the worst terror attack on America in history.
So did the New England Patriots actually cheat last Sunday when they beat the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 laugher? Well, the game was certainly important. Winning meant another trip to the Super Bowl for the Patriots. And, then, the Patriots have a history.
Last week, in a blog post titled, "Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront," the Energy Department touted the Superdome's lights. The Superdome, in New Orleans, is hosting tonight's Super Bowl, where a power outage stopped play for more than half an hour.
The Super Bowl is, as everyone knows, the biggest thing in sports. And television. Which are, increasingly, indistinguishable. The game is routinely the highest rated program of the year. Any year. In fact, three of the four most highly rated shows of all time are Super Bowls. And those would be the last three games. The trend, then, is for this year’s game to become the highest rated ever. For a year, anyway.
Can the Giants front-four get to Brady and—as the fastidious football locution puts it—disrupt his timing? That is to say...pound him into wet, pink pulp.
Multitudes will be watching Sunday night to learn the answer to this and other questions that the Super Bowl exists to ask and then, millions upon millions of dollars and tons of avocado dip later, to answer.
There are so many questions to be answered in Indianapolis . . . wait a minute, did you say Indianapolis?
When Tim Tebow's pro-life ad ran during the Super Bowl, I wasn't a fan of it. It seemed so innocuous as to be a lost opportunity. Why did Focus on the Family pay so much money, create such a ruckus only to punt (forgive the pun) the issue when the Tebows finally came on-screen? It was a nice ad, which drove traffic to the Tebows' powerful story, on Focus' website, but I thought it should have done more.
If life is like a box of chocolates, then the televised Super Bowl is like an Oreo. The chocolate wafers are the game itself, and the ads are the cream filling. If you watched those ads, you probably saw this one, heralding that Electronic Arts is bringing to an Xbox 360 and/or PlayStation 3 near you its reimagining of Dante's Inferno. Yes, the Inferno is now a video game.
The only thing more analyzed than quarterback play after the Super Bowl is the commercials: Were they funny, offensive, pointless? Money well spent, or 30 seconds of confusion? How does the MTV set view the last 25 years of politics?