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.
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?