Tag:Super Bowl XLVI
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:22 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 2:24 pm
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Boston writer rips Brady, promptly feels backlash

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By Ryan Wilson

Man, let Tom Brady play a poor 20 minutes of football on the biggest stage in sports and the gadflies are there ready to pounce. Never mind that the Patriots quarterback set a Super Bowl completion record earlier in the game, or that a Justin Tuck sack midway through the third quarter changed everything. None of that mattered to the Boston Globe's Eric Wilbur who published a scathing rebuke of Brady's performance literally minutes after his Hail Mary pass fell harmlessly to the turf as time expired.

Giants 21, Patriots 17
A sampling:

"Sorry, Tommy Boy, this one's on you. Your hideous performance led to the Giants' 21-17 Super Bowl title win. How embarrassing for your coach, your teammates, and your fans. … What happened to you?

"What an embarrassment for the Patriots organization and Bob Kraft. So now the Giants have taken Lombardi from you twice, and you haven't looked this bad in a playoff game since...well, two weeks ago against the Ravens. Maybe that moment will actually hit you as you're whittling down water slides in South America looking like Prince Valiant this spring."

Oh boy. So, to recap: Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champ and two-time Super Bowl MVP, and a future first-ballot Hall of Famer is, according to Wilbur, an "embarrassment" and his performance "hideous." We have no idea what Wilbur would do if he was a Jets fan.

But even in a town where expectations for the local sports teams are unreasonably high, there are limits to the criticism. Hours after Wilbur's post was published the backlash began. The Big Lead referred to him as a "Boston-trolling columnist" before dissecting his diatribe sentence by sentence.

ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith wrote that "Brady wasn’t at his best on Sunday, but he wasn’t as terrible as Wilbur thinks. And the suggestion that he doesn’t care is absurd." Smith linked to a piece by Yahoo.com's Dan Wetzel, who recounts an inconsolable Brady sitting at his locker well after the game had ended. And Bruce Allen of BostonMediaWatch.com noted that "Wilbur’s post … reads more like a drunken fan rant than something crafted by a veteran journalist."

Wilbur spoke Monday to 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I guess because I dared criticize the god of New England," he said via SportsRadioInterview.com. "If he had won that game we would’ve lauded him as the greatest quarterback ever so if he messes up in the game and loses it why can’t he take some of the poison? It seems like fans can’t admit that.”

Asked if, a day later, he still believes what he wrote, Wilbur said, "I still believe it. There were a lot of people saying ‘you know sleep on this and you’re going to look bad in the morning.’ It was a little over-the-top and I admit that but I think that was purposely so just because like I said if he would’ve won the game it would’ve been ‘oh Tom Brady’ so you know what? Let him get a little bit of the criticism.

"I guess that’s what people don’t get," he said. "It was a little over-the-top and purposely so but then again you don’t understand Vancouver writers either so.”

We eagerly await Gisele's response to all this.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Giants celebrate their win on plane ride home

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- I’m leaving for the airport in five minutes so I can be whisked away home. Here’s hoping my plane ride is entertaining as the Giants jaunt today.

This from the YouTube account of linebacker Mark Herzlich
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Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:20 pm
 

For the gambler in you (post SB edition)



By Josh Katzowitz

If you’re a football fan who likes to plan ahead, we salute you. And thus, we present to you the odds your favorite team will win Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Green Bay Packers 6/1
New England Patriots 7/1
New Orleans Saints 8/1
Philadelphia Eagles 12/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 12/1
Houston Texans 12/1
Baltimore Ravens 14/1
New York Giants 15/1
San Diego Chargers 16/1
New York Jets 16/1
San Francisco 49ers 18/1
Dallas Cowboys 18/1
Detroit Lions 18/1
Atlanta Falcons 22/1
Chicago Bears 30/1
Arizona Cardinals 30/1
Miami Dolphins 35/1
Cincinnati Bengals 40/1
Indianapolis Colts 50/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Oakland Raiders 50/1
Carolina Panthers 50/1
Denver Broncos 50/1
Kansas City Chiefs 50/1
Seattle Seahawks 60/1
Buffalo Bills 60/1
Washington Redskins 60/1
Minnesota Vikings 75/1
St. Louis Rams 75/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 75/1
Cleveland Browns 100/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 100/1

And though I imagine the hard-core gamblers already know the results of their Bovada prop bets, here’s what happened in case you’re still hung over (or if you had to be in court this morning).

-National Anthem over 1 minute 34 seconds

-Kelly Clarkson wore “Anything else”

-Kelly Clarkson Belly was not showing

-Kelly Clarkson did not forget or omit a word

-Madonna’s Hair was blonde

-Madonna did wear fishnets

-Madonna did wear a hat

-Madonna did not wear an NFL Shirt or Jersey

-Peyton Manning was shown on TV under 3.5 times

-Giselle Bundchen was shown on TV over 0.5 times

-Andrew Luck was not mentioned at all

-Jim Irsay was not mentioned at all

-Mitt Romney was not shown

-Robert Kraft was shown over 3.5 times

-Tom Brady’s son was not shown at all so all wagers were refunded

-Gatorade shower was purple. Purple was not an option so all wagers were refunded

-MVP did not thank anyone

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:53 am
 

Ochocinco in court Monday morning, paid $200 fine

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By Josh Katzowitz

After his team lost Super Bowl XLVI in which he played almost no role, Chad Ochocinco had quite a postgame hangover Monday morning. He had to be in Hamilton County court in Cincinnati in order to pay a fine for a tinted window violation and a driving under suspension infraction.

Wrote Ochocinco -- who recorded one catch for 21 yards vs. the Giants -- on his Twitter account Monday morning (with all sic’s included): “Court appearance done in Cincinnati, having to appear in court for window tint being to dark is a bit extreme, nonetheless no jail time.”

He was charged with the offenses last July, and he missed his court appearance Dec. 20. Judge Russell Mock continued the case until Monday, and there were no arrest warrants issued.

The Boston Herald, reporting that Ochocinco paid a $200 fine, asked Hamilton County bailiff Daniel Deters what Ochocinco looked like and he said, “Like he’d just lost the Super Bowl.”

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:00 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 11:46 am
 

Super Bowl XLVI through the lens of Twitter

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By Ryan Wilson

A look back at Super Bowl XLVI via the Twitter Machine.


Pregame...

icecube
At the SuperBowl with 2 of my sons. Today is a good day.
2/5/12 4:48 PM
greggdoyelcbs
Biggest ovation during"America the Beautiful"? When the camera showed a room full of U.S. soldiers.
2/5/12 6:17 PM
DonteWhitner
Mark my words! TOM is about to tear their ASS
2/5/12 6:38 PM

After Brady is called for intentional grounding in the end zone leading to a safety...

MikeSilver
For those of you millions who don't watch football except for today: That doesn't happen a whole lot
2/5/12 6:41 PM
CindyBoren
Wow. Intentional grounding for a safety. Wowowowowow. I blame Gisele Bundchen.
2/5/12 6:41 PM
DrSaturday
Nobody throws the ball away for a safety with the poise of Tom Brady.
2/5/12 6:41 PM

Commercials...

keithlaw
M&Ms and LMFAO. Two of the worst things on the planet in one commercial.
2/5/12 6:54 PM
CoxBytes
Not only does #Chevy survive the apocalypse but so does #BarryManilow.
2/5/12 6:58 PM
NotBillWalton
"You sunk my Transformers 4!"
2/5/12 7:03 PM
Mengus22
"Getting your taxes done is like swimming in your own urine." That commercial logic actually makes sense.
2/5/12 7:11 PM
BryanDFischer
Adriana Lima is the leader in the clubhouse for best commercial. For whatever it was.
2/5/12 7:36 PM
ry_hudson
Clint Eastwood just scared everyone into watching the second half.
2/5/12 8:19 PM
AroundTheHorn
Voltron and HeMan in a commercial. Everyone else is playing for second.
2/5/12 9:09 PM

Steve Weatherford's punting exploits...

JustinKutcher
I don't know if I've ever seen a punter as animated as Steve Weatherford... #SBXLVI
2/5/12 7:32 PM

Madonna halftime show instructions...

AP_NFL
Everyone has flashlights for #Madonna halftime show. Crowd told wait for cue, no one listening (@cliffbruntap) #SB46
2/5/12 7:38 PM

Haltime...

SWhyno
Madonna is trying to out-Lady Gaga Lady Gaga.
2/5/12 8:02 PM
OzzieGuillen
Madonna u are the best u are a friking good
2/5/12 8:03 PM
RealSkipBayless
Greatest Super Bowl halftime show EVER.
2/5/12 8:19 PM
MettaWorldPeace
I feel like kissing Madonna Lol
2/5/12 8:21 PM
AARP
RT if you think #Madonna is rockin' it! #SuperBowl
2/5/12 8:12 PM

In-game observations...

jadande
I love the fact Ochocinco contributed to a Super Bowl TD drive...with his grill in
2/5/12 8:29 PM
sbnation
Enter the code, open the safe, take money, make it rain. Aaron Hernandez TD celebration GIF: http://t.co/m4FYgLAj
2/5/12 8:42 PM
richarddeitsch
I look forward to First Take discussing Tim Tebow on Monday.
2/5/12 8:59 PM

On Brady's interception...

heathradio
That was cool of Tom Brady to pay tribute to Brett Favre on that play. #GUNSLINGER
2/5/12 9:04 PM
 

On the Welker drop...

ArashMarkazi
The reaction of the Patriots defense to that incomplete pass by Tom Brady was funnier than any Super Bowl ad today.
2/5/12 9:32 PM

On the Manningham catch...

KegsnEggs
MANNINGHAMHAMHAMHAMHAM
2/5/12 9:33 PM

On Bradshaw's touchdown...

AndyHutchins
FUNNIEST THING EVER
2/5/12 9:43 PM

No review of the ridiculousness would be complete without a final word from James Harrison...

jharrison9292
Told you, cheaters never win!!!!!!!!!
2/5/12 9:53 PM

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Gisele can't believe Pats dropped so many passes

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By Ryan Wilson

In general, Tom Brady leads a charmed life. He's an NFL quarterback, three-time Super Bowl champ, UGG spokesman -- and the cherry on top -- he's married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Yes, the Patriots fell to the Giants Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI, and yes Brady was distraught by the outcome, but in the scheme of things, it won't define his career.

Of course, the criticism in the hours after the loss were swift and, well, critical. Brady was accused of a horrible performance even though he started 20 of 24, broke Joe Montana's Super Bowl completion record in the process, then suffered a Justin Tuck sack that changed everything. He finished the night 7 of 17 and a slightly off-target throw to Wes Welker with four minutes to go ultimately proved to be the difference.

Gisele, who was at the game, had to endure jeers and taunts from Giants fans as she left her suite at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Eli rules!” screamed one fan. “Eli owns your husband!” yelled another.

Gisele's response?

“You (have) to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she snapped back, according to CBS New York. “My husband cannot (bleeping) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”

Welker took full responsibility for not coming down with a Brady throw that was also high and behind him.

"The ball is right there," Welker said when asked if he was looking for it on the other shoulder. "I've just got to make the play. It's a play I've made a thousand times in practice and everything else. It comes to the biggest moment of my life and I don't come up with it. It's discouraging."

Brady, for his part, didn't waver in his support of Welker.

"Wes was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him," said Brady. "(Welker) went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect. He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possible can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love that guy."

Apparently, a TMZ source says that Brady's teammates are "disappointed" and feel betrayed by Gisele's comments. 

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 6:25 am
 

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

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By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick was strangely happy all week. Until, that is, the Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI and Belichick blew off a postgame interview with NBC and gave clipped comments to the assembled media in the presser following the game.

But Tom Coughlin never changed this week. He talked about the team, eschewing questions about his legacy or about his future as an NFL coach, and during his Monday morning press conference, after a night of spending time with friends and family where there was plenty of “banter” and only 15 minutes of sleep, Coughlin’s answers were consistent. He stayed solid.

Now that you’ve won two Super Bowls, he was asked, can you discuss your legacy and what this win means to the way people see your coaching career?

“No, I’m not really into that stuff,” Coughlin said. “It’s not about me. That’s what we talk about all the time. We’re not about individuals. We’re about what’s in the best interest of our team. All our power is generated from our team. We’re cognizant of some of the superior individuals we have on our team, but it is the team that provides us with the strength and the ability to perform under pressure.”

Giants 21, Patriots 17
Another reporter tried a different tact. Now that you’re 5-1 against Bill Belichick, Coughlin’s old buddy, Florida Times-Union writer Vito Stellino began, and 2-0 vs. him in the Super Bowl, can people say that you’re a better coach than your former colleague?

“There you go,” Coughlin said with a smile. “I’m just trying to do my job the best I can possibly do, thank you very much.”

One last attempt: you’re going to be back next season, right?

“I certainly hope so,” said Coughlin, ever humble. “My intentions are for it to be that way. I do have some ownership that has to give approval. But I’m looking forward to it.”

Yes, I’m sure the Maras will need to be convinced that Coughlin should be brought back next year. But aside from Coughlin’s legacy -- assuming Bill Parcells gets into the Hall of Fame at some point, doesn’t Coughlin, who now has as many Super Bowl titles as Parcells, deserve the same consideration? -- how will history look back on Eli Manning?

After his Super Bowl MVP performance (30 of 40, 296 yards, a touchdown) that garnered him his second Super Bowl title, Manning was asked the last time he had bragging rights over his brother Peyton Manning -- who, sadly, only has one Super Bowl ring.

“This isn’t about bragging rights,” Eli said. “This is a lot bigger. This is about a team and organization being named world champions, a team finding a way to get a victory. That’s the only thing I care about. Peyton and I know that’s the goal every year.”

And as to the question about Eli Manning’s status as an elite quarterback?

“This business about being an elite quarterback,” Coughlin said, “that’s come and gone. I don’t think we’ll hear much about that anymore.”

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:30 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 5:35 am
 

Giants Steve Weatherford gets vindication

CB Aaron Ross and P Steve Weatherford celebrate after Weatherford's punt during the first half of Super Bowl XLVI.  (AP Photo/Pat Semansky)
By Ryan Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Steve Weatherford is old school in that he prefers the directional punt to the end-over-end style that has come into vogue in recent years.

Much like the soccer-style kicker replaced the straight-ahead kicker two decades ago, those punters who could consistently place the ball out of bounds inside the 10-yard line have given way to the new-fangled era of backspin specialists; players who, in theory anyway, can have their punts land at the five and instead of tumbling into the end zone, the ball either bounces straight up or stays in the field of play.

Except that it doesn't always work.

Two years ago, Chris Hanson was the Patriots punter. In a regular-season game against the Ravens, his rugby-style kicks twice bounced into the end zone for touchbacks prompting Bill Belichick to make the following observation: “You hardly see anybody go for the sidelines any more,” he said according to the New York Times' Judy Battista. “Show me a punter who coffin corners. You don’t see it. They don’t do it.”

Be careful what you ask for.

Weatherford, joined the Giants before the 2011 season, a year after one of the all-time great directional punters Jeff Feagles retired. And against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, he put forth a stellar effort.

* His first punt came on the Giants' first drive and it was downed at the Patriots' 6-yard line. On the next snap, Tom Brady was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone and New York led 2-0.

* His next punt, with 10:09 left in the second quarter, went out of the end zone for a touchback, but the Giants' defense held and the Pats go three and out.

Weatherford's third punt went out of bounds at the New England 4 with 4:11 to go in the first half. The Pats ended up scoring a touchdown but it required a 14-play, 96-yard drive.

* The final punt, which came at the 9:31 mark of the fourth quarter, is fair-caught by Wes Welker at the 8-yard line.

Giants 21, Patriots 17
The Patriots led 17-15 at the time and appeared ready to score again. But Tom Brady, perhaps affected by a third-quarter Justin Tuck sack, missed a wide open Welker on what proved to be the game's pivotal play.

Weatherford didn't convert a last-second kick, Vinatieri-style (or perhaps more fitting, Lawrence Tynes-in-the-playoffs-style), but he did do his job. In a game that included a Chase Blackburn interception (!) and a Brady misfire on a wide-open Welker, Weatherford's contributions were critical. Who knows how things play out if he doesn't pinned the Pats deep on his first punt of the game.

And to think, it wasn't long ago that a team had no use for Weatherford. In September, after the Jets chose not to re-sign him, Jets special-teams coach Mike Westhoff said that "there were times that (Weatherford) just didn't do the job."

During Media Day earlier this week, Weatherford fired back: "That wasn't good enough for Mike Westhoff," he said. "I'm playing for a guy now [Tom Quinn] that's got a Super Bowl ring, so that's not a guy I care to talk about. He does a lot of complaining, but recently he hasn't produced much."

Now Quinn has two Super Bowl rings, and Weatherford has his first.

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