I'm exhausted from doing the Snoopy Dance last night to celebrate the Jets stomping the Patriots (I'm not agile enough to do the Braylon Edwards backflips, though!) And yes, I did totally call the win.
I haven't as been as excited about a sporting event since the Yankees won the World Series. Granted, I'm not really a Jets fan, but I am a Rex Ryan fan -- and a longtime Bill Belichick and Tom Brady despiser. Not to mention that I dig seeing Red Sox Nation unhappy. So yes, this was great fun to watch.
And I love, love, love all the trash talk between the two teams. Phil Simms said something after the game about how all the talk this week took away from the game. Are you kidding me? All the trash talk is what made this game such a marquee event! It's entertainment, guys!
The same with Shonn Greene's nap in the end zone, and Rex Ryan roaring down the field over the last touchdown, yelling "Yeah, baby" like he was Austin Powers. But Jim Nantz didn't care for it:
"I've never understood the absurdity of all the self-aggrandizing and now you're going to cost your team 15 yards on the kick and you're going to give Brady and his unit a chance to do something."
Oh, please. That stadium was like a ghost town at that point. Nantz was about the only person who thought the Patriots could "do something" to win the game, being 14 points behind with less than two minutes to go.
And I want more of Bart Scott, please. His postgame interview was epic.
One of my Facebook friends mused last night as to whether Bill Belichick is becoming the new Joe Torre -- great in the regular season; not so great in the playoffs anymore. He has a point. After winning three championships in four years, it's now been six years since the Patriots won a Super Bowl. And they haven't won anything since Spygate, either. Coincidence? I think not.
And Tom Brady, Mr. Postseason, hasn't exactly been bringing it. Bart Scott mocked him in another postgame interview. And the Boston Herald (!) pulled up the stats to show that Bart also had a point:
“This was the quarterback that couldn’t get touched,” Scott said. “(The media) talk all about how great he’s playing, but what Rex (Ryan) pulled out for us was his last three playoff games – what his record was and what his rating was then. He had a 66 quarterback rating in his last four or five playoff games and you guys didn’t believe that. You guys didn’t look deep enough into the notes.”
Taking Scott’s advice, here is a closer look at Brady’s stats in his last three playoff games:
1/16/11 — 28-21 loss to Jets: 29-45, 299 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 89.0 rating
1/10/10 — 33-14 loss to Ravens: 23-42, 154 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 49.1 rating
2/3/08 — 17-14 loss to Giants: 29-48, 266 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions, 82.5 ratingLooks like Tom Terrific isn't so terrific as of late. But hey, at least he still has that Uggs endorsement. And the supermodel wife -- unless she dumps him for Mark Sanchez, the new postseason QB hero!
Well, at least Mr. Bundchen has time to go to some more Broadway shows. Maybe instead of watching "Lombardi" during the Jets-Colts game, he should have caught "Jersey Boys" instead?
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