Once I attended a Knicks game at which the halftime show was people throwing Frisbee for dogs, who would jump really high to catch them. During one such throw, a dog slipped on a Frisbee that had been left on the floor and totally lost its footing. It ended up doing a full, accidental barrel roll in mid air, but STILL caught the Frisbee it had been thrown. It was the greatest sports highlight I ever saw in person, thus making whatever shitty Knicks game that was the greatest sporting event I ever saw in person. I also attended Game 2 of the 2000 World Series.
The 49ers were built more on their defense than offense, but they jumped out to a 17-0 lead. The Saints stormed back to take a 24-23 lead. The 49ers recaptured the lead on a designed QB run that saw Alex Smith go 28 yards for the score. The Saints re-took the lead with 1:37 to go, but Smith drove the 49ers down the field and connected with Vernon Davis for the game-winning touchdown with nine seconds to go. Given all the crap Smith went through dating back to 2005, this game felt like a catharsis for him and the fans.
This one hits Raiders fans right where it hurts. An obscure rule was applied to overturn a Tom Brady fumble, and it kept Oakland from beating the Patriots in the divisional round after the 2001 season. We can’t blame Oakland fans for staying bitter about it.
If you criticize Tom Brady in front of a Patriots fan, you know you’re going to get an earful. It doesn’t matter what this guy does. If you don’t like him, you’re a hater, and jealous, and the worst. It’s exhausting. But also, Brady is one of the all-time greats, so maybe the people who criticize him are haters, and jealous, and the worst.
If you’re over 40, this especially might annoy you just a little bit. Brady’s in impeccable shape, and playing for five more years is a distinct possibility.
And Robert Kraft compared them to priceless works of art. If you didn’t roll your eyes at that whole spectacle, you may have not been paying attention.