I posted a comment over on the Ed Zone regarding the Pats-Colts game Sunday that was so long, I might as well post it here:
While I don’t like Manning (in that way you tend not to like people who are talented and aren’t at all humble about it and are overhyped and willing to shill for any product in existence so they’re constantly in your face), I’m happy for the people of Indianapolis. I mean, Boston has reveled in four major sports championships since February 2002, while Indianapolis has arguably felt the pain of pre-2004 Red Sox fans more than once in the same time frame. Obviously I would have preferred a Pats win, but, eh, this just doesn’t hurt as much as it might have.
And let’s face it—the Pats were not playing with a full deck. As my dad said when I talked to him today, he or I could have caught that pass Caldwell dropped in the fourth quarter when no one was anywhere near him. That’s the difference having a WR like Marvin Harrison (or even Terrell Owens) makes. I know Caldwell did really well this season and I respect him, but I can’t help but wonder how the game might have gone if we’d had a Harrison or a Chad Johnson. Or, y’know, Dieon Branch.
I think in the end, the Pats and Colts were two very evenly matched teams, but the player match-ups gave the Colts an edge that even Belichick and Brady’s famous strategery couldn’t overcome.