A Stroke of Good Luck

Congratulations to the New England Patriots who defeated the Baltimore Ravens last night! We’re going to the Superbowl!

Last night, Bernie, his roommate, and I watched the game with baited breath. I think everyone in New England was worried. Brady didn’t play his best game, and both our defense and offense were missing completely. Brady had one of the most important plays of the game: his very graceful swan dive for a touchdown. I’m in shock that he wasn’t broken in half when he landed.

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The biggest stroke of luck of the night was when Billy Cundiff missed the 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds of the game left. As they were setting up the field goal kick, I turned to Bernie and said, “Watch, he’s gonna miss it like the B.C. game we saw”. I was referring to a Boston College football game that we went to this Fall where the kicker missed the field goal with 10 seconds or so left in the game, causing the Eagles to lose the game. Before I knew it, it happened. Cundiff missed it, by A LOT. I think every person in New England were in shock. That never happens! No one misses a 32 yard field goal! Talk about luck. Brady was NOT good last night, and he later admitted to it saying he “sucked tonight”, and it was gonna be a tough OT if the Ravens kicker made the field goal. After the missed kick heard ’round the world happened, Bernie and his roommate were both in shock. With mouths agape, they looked at each other and cheered. We’re going to the Superbowl!? This picture of Vince Wilfork just standing on the field pretty much summed it up perfectly. Awesome.

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It was also a great day for Boston sports — not only did the Patriots win, but the Bruins won in overtime and Celtics won (finally). Good day.

Being from New York, the Giants are a big deal. My family is actually a Jets family, but I have extended family that cheer for the Giants. This Superbowl is going to be the ultimate re-match from the ’08 loss to the Giants. I was actually home in NY during that game and cheered on the Giants. Oh, how time has changed! Everyone in New England was in mourning after that game, so emotions are running pretty high right now. We’ll see what the next 2 weeks bring, but I cannot wait!

Did you watch either football game last night? Who were you rooting for? Who do you think will win the Superbowl?

Fun fact: I was actually born on Superbowl Sunday in 1988. The Superbowl was also on my birthday in ’93 and ’99, but I only remember celebrating in ’99.