I knew from the opening coin flip New England was going to have a long day. As Justin Tuck extended his hand to say good luck to the Patriots captains Devin McCourty inexcusably refused to shake. It's bad karma to display bad sportsmanship before the biggest game of your life.
Just as predicted the double jinx was in full effect. The Giants didn't man handle the Patriots, but they did just enough to win. The early safety definitely caught New England off guard and the injury to Rob Gronkowski was more significant than anyone anticipated. I think a healthy Gronk may have caught the Hail Mary ricochet at the end of the game. Give the Giants credit though. Nicks, Cruz, and Manning made plays when they needed to. As for the Patriots? Wes Welker may be kicking himself for a late 4th quarter drop, but Tom Brady wasn't as accurate in the 2nd half as he usually is and that catch would have been difficult at best. Still 5 Super Bowl appearances is nothing to sneeze at and when it's all said and done Brady's place in history is secure. Here are some weekend observations.
Cortez Kennedy finally got into the Hall of Fame and I couldn't be happier for the Hurricane/Seahawk. It's good to see him finally get the recognition he deserves.
Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour De France title for using performance enhancing drugs. Is there a dirtier sport than cycling when it comes to this issue?
Jared Sullinger is hands down the best player in college basketball. He's got better low post moves than half of the power forwards playing in the NBA. The extra year in school did wonders for his game.
Madonna put on a good halftime show with lots of lights and dancers, but she looked a step slow. Apparently singing and dancing is a little more grueling when you're in your fifties. I don't think she's ready for a world tour anytime soon.