Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Bob Lobel: The Greatest Win in New England Sports History?

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Just moments after that ill-advised Seattle pass on the goal line was intercepted, I began contemplating both arguments in many peoples' heads.

You know, the arguments we all had right after that play. For us, are Brady and Belichick the best ever, and for Seattle, was that the worst play call ever?

Let me clarify a couple things: First, now you know why you should be happy that Pete Carroll isn't coaching here anymore. Number two, it will never get any worse for Seattle.

Also, consider this; Just two weeks ago, Seattle put one of those "can't get any worse than this" losses on Green Bay.

Really? Really!

Pete Carroll may not be the Grand Marshall of the Patriots' championship parade, but he may be on a duck boat. See if you can find him, sort of like "Where's Waldo."

In Seattle, you live by the Green Bay sword and die by your own hand, creating a pain that won't go away. The lesson I've learned from 30 years of Boston sports is that the pain never really leaves.

You have to go back and remember the best and the worst.

I say the best was 2002 in New Orleans when the Patriots beat the two-touchdown favorite Rams. This year has been a close number two to that, let's call it redemption from Tyree to Brady,

Ok, I just changed my mind. Sunday was the most ridiculous, improbable, "can't ever happen to us," kind of moment, it has to be number one.

Do the list… "Havlicek stole the ball," Buckner, Bucky Dent, Grady Little leaving Pedro in, and now we're talking about emotional rescue.

By the way, why didn't Russell Wilson override the play call from both his offensive coordinator and head coach? Already that's the stupid stuff that makes it rain in Seattle.

The genie is out of the bottle, we can't really care how it happened, just that it did. Things to watch for based on the sordid history of this football team:

Video will be taken constantly (against the rules) of the four Super Bowl trophies. 4-2 sounds a lot better than 3-3, after all, but don't ever forget how close 3-3 was to happening.

Expect the Lombardi Trophies to get larger, ever so slowly. The new one already looks a little bigger and better with a few extra PSI.

Let's go back and count the championship parades since the turn of the millennium: Four football, three baseball, one basketball and one from hockey… That makes nine! As the now-deceased Mel Allen used to say, "how about that?"

It used to be all about the commercials, but not this time. I think that's how we know the game was truly special. Yeah, special. I'll take special each and every time.

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