February 3, 2008
Touchdown! In one of the greatest upsets in football history, the New York Giants trounced this season’s previously undefeated champions, the New England Patriots, at the Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona tonight, 17-14. The key to the underdog win was defense, and constant pressure on Patriot quarterback Tom Brady. The Big Blue Wrecking Crew got a huge boost from wide receiver David Tyree, a key offensive player in the Giants’ improbable rise to Super Bowl championship this year. Tyree made a spectacular catch of a pass intended for the Patriots, turning the game around.
Tyree has been a key throughout the season, in the Giants’ improbable success. While Tyree said in the past that his life was a dead-end, with alcohol and drug possession charges just after he was drafted five years ago by the Giants, he has since turned his life around and said he had a good feeling about the trip to Glendale. Earlier this sesaon, when the team stood 0-2 and with many players out for the season, Tyree encouraged them in a letter saying: “I know God wants to do something special for this team if we give Him the glory…Let’s believe in Him to do something special and honor Him by staying strong for God.” On the Giants’ media day in Phoenix last Tuesday, he commented: “This has been a year of grace for us and we need to show God’s power in all we do.”
It’ll be interesting to see what the current New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg,’s reaction will be to the unexpected (by everyone else) win. When the Giants won the Super Bowl XXI in January 1987, mayor Ed Koch was quoted in the New York Times as saying that the team was full of “foreigners” and hence, he said, they wouldn’t be entitled to a ticker-tape parade the Big Apple. The tune has probably changed, after this cliffhanger.
Update: No problemo with a tickertape parade this time. The Giants will get their parade tomorrow.
Long-time owners Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch, both of whom died in 2005, would have been proud. The team has been family owned since 1925. Tom Petty, performing at half-time, wasn’t too shabby either.
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