Troy Sparks, Sr. [my late father] is smiling from Heaven right now, I’m sure. His 1972 Miami Dolphins will remain the only team to finish a season undefeated for now. Sorry, Patriots.
The New York Giants are world champions. Super Bowl XLII champions. Defeating the Patriots 17-14. All on an amazing Fran Tarkenton-esque play by Eli Manning with about 55-seconds left in the 4th quarter, which will undoubtedly will go down as one of the greatest plays ever executed.
My heart beating, virtually flying out of my chest, as I ran through my home like Jim Valvano did when the N.C. State Wolfpack won the 1982-1983 National Championship, yelling like a child, immature enough, but happily ever after, that the Patriots had received what they had inevitable deserved — a Super Bowl loss I had been waiting for.
I was part of the minority by picking the Giants to win Super Bowl XLII. Though my score prediction wasn’t correct, I underwent several belittling hits from people that read my blog. I received several different e-mails asking if I were on crack for picking the Giants. I was told that I must have been smoking some heavy reefer, because the Patriots’ destiny was to go undefeated and not look back, to defeat the Giants and hold their own in this game tonight. But not today, not this evening, not tonight. I have to say it again: the New York Giants are WORLD CHAMPIONS. I don’t care about destiny, I don’t care about any of that crap. They should have lost during the regular season. They taunted their opponents. They showed so much disrespect for worthy adversaries that it was going to catch up to them sooner or later. And it did. Finally. Finally, they get it. They’ve been brought back down to earth. Thank you Tom Coughlin, thank you Eli Manning, and thank you Plaxico Burress.
The Patriots win all three of their Super Bowls this decade by 3-points. They lose tonight. . . by 3.
Regardless of anything, this removes a little bit of Super Bowl XXXVI pain when I watched my Rams fall to the heavily underdog-jeered New England Patriots 20-17. Tonight, Patriots fans experienced a similar feeling, I’m sure, six years to the day they were feeling like they controlled the world.
Tonight, the New York Giants are the champs.