Stephen Gostkowski did not need to provide the winning margin in a Super Bowl like Adam Vinatieri did three times prior.¬† He kicked four extra points and several touchbacks on kickoffs.¬† It would be nice to see Gostkowski kick a walkoff game winner in the postseason, but a win is a win no matter how you do it.¬† Vinatieri‚Äôs replacement booms one out of the end zone, with lots of gusto as he relishes being a world champ for the first time in his life.
Dave Roberts, meet Malcolm Butler.
Roberts never needs to buy himself a drink in Boston.
After Sunday night, Malcolm, neither do you.
Pete Carroll did all right since leaving the Patriots.¬† He won national championships at USC and won a Super Bowl with Seattle.
But in listening to him try and justify The Call, you remember what kind of coach he was here.
And why you relish Bill Belichick even more.
But what would everyone be saying if Marshawn Lynch had scored a touchdown and the Patriots were left with almost no time to respond?
Geek of the week:¬† Rationalize it all you want.¬† Bad call, Darrell Bevell.¬† Bad call.¬† You may never live it down.¬† Fortunately you are based in Seattle and not Boston or New York.
Geek of the week II:¬† You are the head coach, Pete Carroll.¬† That means that everything is ultimately your fault.
Meanwhile, DeflateGate continues.¬† Do we still await the results with baited breath?
One person who does is Roger Goodell.¬† If this investigation comes up empty, his name is mud.¬† So are his reputation and his credibility.
The trophy presentation spoke volumes of Goodell‚Äôs stewardship.¬† Bob Kraft looked at him, took the trophy, and Goodell beat it the heck out of there.
One of these days, this writer will stop bagging on NBC.¬† That‚Äôs two titles now won on NBC since the early 1960s.
But it‚Äôs still different and the other networks do it better.¬† Dan Patrick, who is unlistenable to begin with, looked and sounded annoyed during the trophy presentation, as if he was either sorry Seattle didn‚Äôt win or disgusted the Patriots did.¬† There was an awkward moment during the postgame where Bob Costas was making a point, then suddenly was ordered to cut to a commercial.¬† They put on Carrie Underwood and never should have gotten rid of Faith Hill.
Give me Terry Bradshaw in a trophy presentation any day.
People are trying to rank Butler‚Äôs pick among the biggest plays in the history of Boston sports.¬† Vinatieri‚Äôs kicks in 2001 (Snow Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVI winner) rank higher.¬† But Butler has become instantly immortal.
He literally has no equal in Boston sports history.¬† Who else was as non-descript and made such a huge play in such a big situation?¬† Usually big stars make big plays.
Back to school:¬† UMass will leave the MAC after this coming season.¬† Then what?¬† If some conference won‚Äôt take UMass, what do they do?¬† Go back to the FCS?¬† No wonder John McCutcheon left UMass for UCSB.
So what do the Patriots do with Darrelle Revis?
Unfortunately, you will have to pick up his option and pay him $20 million.¬† If you don‚Äôt, he will be either a Jet or a Bill.¬† There will be no negotiating with this guy.¬† Lock him up before the stupid money comes in.
Not that $20 million is real intelligent.
Bill Belichick won his first Super Bowl since SpyGate.
And his first without Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis.
And his first without Steve Belichick.¬† When son wants to be just like Dad, sometimes it turns out perfect.
David Tyree.¬† Mario Manningham.¬† Now Jermaine Kearse.¬† Good grief.¬† What it is with these lucky catches?
The football Gods owed the Patriots one.
Remember him:¬† For a while, it was the quickest score in Super Bowl history.¬† Tony Franklin kicked a 36-yard field goal 1:14 into Super Bowl XX for the first score by any Patriot in Super Bowl history.¬† It came about thanks to an early fumble by Walter Payton.¬† Of course, it was the only lead of the game for the Patriots.¬† Franklin, a barefoot kicker from Texas A&M who could connect from beyond 60 yards now and then, kicked for four seasons with the Patriots after five seasons with Philadelphia.¬† He would also appear in Super Bowl XV with Philadelphia, which like Super Bowl XX was in New Orleans.
So, is this one the best?
No.¬† XXXVI still is.¬† The first one for a previously laughingstock franchise against a 17-point favorite.¬† Winning it the way they did.¬† To this day, still unbelievable.
XXXVIII was a great game and a brutal struggle with Carolina.¬† XXXIX featured arguably the best Patriot team ever and officially kicked off all this dynasty talk.
If you want to place XLIX in its proper perspective, let‚Äôs simply call it ‚Äúrichly satisfying‚ÄĚ.¬† It was a great matchup, perhaps the best of all Patriot Super Bowls.¬† It was a seesaw battle, but so were all the previous five SBs.¬† It had a great finish, but so did XXXVI and XXXVIII.
Butler really sets this Super Bowl apart.¬† He is Da Man in New England right now.¬† Tom Brady gave Butler the truck he won as Super Bowl MVP.¬† That was a totally cool thing to do.
It‚Äôs the first title since anything ‚ÄďGate broke out.¬† So call it ‚Äúrichly satisfying‚ÄĚ.¬† Enjoy the parade, everyone, and dress warm.