The Patriots, for the most part, are a team that nobody likes outside of Massachusetts. Yet somehow when they had to fight against an entity that is more hated — the commissioner — the Patriots are the underdogs.
Sure, the Patriots cheated but in a sense, they still were being hunted down by the guy nobody likes. Tom Brady is one of those people that just seems to have everything right go for him. So when Roger Goodell decided to go after him, Brady somehow turned into the underdog.
With the decision to lift the suspension, Brady is the bad guy that you cheer for. He’s the Heath Ledger’s Joker and Goodell is the boring Batman. In a way, the attempt at justice seemed too boring and the people wanted a renegade.
Still, Goodell will always be public enemy No. 1 in the league no matter what. Even when he attempts to do the right thing and correct the wrongs of the league, his recent failures will cloud his image. He didn’t have to try to take out Brady. Now that he did try to fix what was wrong and failed, his image as the bad guy grew. Brady, the guy nobody really liked, somehow is the one we’re cheering for.
The pick that ended it all.
For years I have been claiming that Super Bowl XXXII was the greatest Super Bowl of all time. It had all the elements to a great storyline. Aging legend John Elway fighting for his last chance to win the big game. The Packers were trying to win their second straight Super Bowl. Terrell Davis, with a migraine, was the MVP. Helicopter dive. Down to the wire ending. The game was the greatest Super Bowl game ever.
Today, I think Super Bowl XLIX takes the top spot.
The game I just witnessed also had a great storyline. With the Deflategate scandal still in people’s minds, we have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick chasing history. We have an amazing defense trying to repeat as champions for their team. Both teams were evenly matched and this was expected to be a great game. The comeback win, especially the ending, will have people talking for years.
Who’s going to be mad at the end of the game?
The Super Bowl is here and it’s time for those predictions. It’s going to be a good matchup and this will come down to the playcalling from two very smart head coaches. This is what a perfect Super Bowl matchup is all about.
Here are some things I look forward to in this game.
- The first focus of the game will be Marshawn Lynch. How will the Patriots be able to contain him? I think Marshawn could go for over 100 yards.
- On the other side, the Patriots running game will rely on LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen. Both aren’t feature backs but could they both be a strong two-headed monster to help the Patriots?
The end zones are ready for the Super Bowl. Both teams’ end zones are navy blue as it matches their team color scheme. I wish they would have gone with gray for Seattle and red for New England, but this was expected.
For Seattle, they have the team logo on one side and the conference logo on the other. For the Patriots, that is not the case. They don’t have their team logo because the team wordmark already features the logo. So in the area where the logo is supposed to be, it is left blank.
Patriots rarely used alternate logo.
It feels odd. It feels off-balanced. I don’t know what the solution would be. Could the Patriots have gone with the wordmark without the logo? They could have. But even if they couldn’t, what other option would there be? Doubling up the Flying Elvis logo would be too much. Maybe an alternate logo? The only other alternate logo the Patriots have is this, and that logo is rarely used.
So we have an all navy Super Bowl with an end zone that is off-balanced. What are you going to do?
I like the detail in the Super Bowl patch this year. You have the stadium and some elements of the desert like the cactus. But I am starting to get real frustrated with the generic Super Bowl logos. I thought I could withstand the frustration but it’s been a few years now and I miss the days where the logo was unique every year.
Next year, I expect the logo to be gold but basically the same design.
This also indicates that the Patriots will wear their white jersey for the Super Bowl as expected. The Seahawks have also tweeted out a photo of their patch and they will wear blue.
So apparently the Patriots deflated 11 of the 12 balls they used for the AFC title game. That 12th ball is the kicker’s ball, so they actually deflated every ball they used for the game. Even though these balls didn’t play a significant result into the big win, there are a lot of questions that I have from this news.
- Was this their first time doing this?
- How did the referees not catch it?
- What advantage is there for ball deflation?
- What if it was an honest mistake, and the equipment manager just measured it wrong?
- Who ordered this scheme to take place? Did Belichick know if he wasn’t part of it?
- What should the punishment be for the Patriots?
- If they suspend anyone for the Super Bowl, they can appeal. So is suspension even a possibility?
- Is there a solution to prevent things like this from happening in the future?
Who’s going to the Super Bowl? Check out my predictions below.
Can Andrew Luck handle the big game pressure?
INDIANAPOLIS (4) VS NEW ENGLAND (1)
I don’t want to take away the credit that the Colts deserve for making it this far, but I don’t know if they are good enough to beat the Patriots. They were fortunate enough to play against a Broncos team without a healthy Peyton Manning. That gave the Colts a great opportunity to beat the seemingly weaker team. Against the Patriots, I don’t think they can overtake that kind of experienced attack.
Tom Brady has been playing phenomenal and it appears that the Patriots are clicking on all cylinders right now. Rob Gronkowski is still playing very effectively and that might be the recipe the Pats dial up. On the defensive side, the secondary for New England might have their hands full with Luck and the passing game. However, their front seven should have no problem slowing down the Colts’ nearly non-existent running game. Even though the Patriots have Adam Vinatieri, they should not try to settle for field goals. They need all the touchdowns they can get.