Not So Giant Champions

February 29, 2008

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Let me just say that there is not justice if a team with 6 times as many losses as the “runner-up” team can be crowned Champion so quickly and so absolutely by the fans. Couple that win/loss element with the fact that the team you beat to earn the status of Champion has beat you as many times as you’ve beaten them. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not an Eli Manning hater, I accept that he is now as Unstoppable as the Citizen watch he sports. Also, I’m not a New England Patriot apologist, because I do recognize that they had more than enough opportunities to win this particular game if they wanted to Leave it all on the field. I just recognize that when a championship system can place 100% emphasis on a SINGLE game, and ignore perpetual dominance in the favor of the relatively bright shining light cast by a team who’s only perpetual quality is inconsistence, that it is a questionable (if not flawed) system.

But I get the corporate and commercial capitalization of the Super Bowl as a concept, and I understand this will never change, one can’t expect the NFL to make any adjustments to their tradition laden cash cow. What it really boils down to is that maybe I just think it’s unfortunate that so many people cognitively accept what the NFL needs them to believe: that is that the Super Bowl is greater than the sum of it’s parts, even if some of the parts that it is the sum of resoundingly point to a different conclusion:

The ‘07 - ‘08 Giants are NOWHERE near as good as the ‘07 - ‘08 Patriots. The ‘08 Giants are as good as the ‘08 Patriots. And only the February 3rd ‘08 Giants @ 645pm PST were better than the Patriots of said designated time… and even then, by the slimmest of margins.

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