Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl XLII

Will the Patriots make history by going 19-0? Will the Giants make history of their own, knocking off the seemingly unbeatable juggernaut in an upset of epic proportions? Super Bowl XLII (that's 42) is upon us.

It's been two years since my beloved Steelers knocked off the Seahawks in XL, putting a fifth Lombardi Trophy on the Rooney family's mantle.

And it's been 28 years (!) since my grandfather, family friend Mr. Patterson, my father and I drove from Las Vegas to Pasadena to watch the Steelers beat the Rams at the Rose Bowl back in XIV. Thanks goodness this year's halftime show (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is a major improvement over Up With People.

Alright, I'm saying it: Go Giants! Gotta root for the underdog, right?

UPDATE: Pigs fly, Satan is skiing, and the Giants did the unthinkable (to everyone but them and their fans), slaying Goliath and beating the previously undefeated Patriots in an instant classic. Eli Manning scores MVP honors, following up on older brother Peyton's triumph from last season and robbing Tom Brady of joining Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only starting quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls. I suspect Brady will have another chance, and if he doesn't, well, he's got a hell of a consolation prize.

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