Monday, February 04, 2008

One More Superbowl Observation

I'm not a huge sports fan anymore, but I can appreciate a good game. I can appreciate talent, heart, and effort.

All of which were summed up on one play in the Giants' final drive. I believe it was a third and a not-so-trivial 5 with 1:15 left to play. It looked for all the world that Manning was going to be sacked for a hefty loss bringing up a fourth and very long. He was sandwiched between three defenders with maybe one of his guys. One defender had a good hold on his jersey.

And somehow, in a Tarkenton-esque manner, he managed to twirl and pop out of the crowd. He found Tyree 30 yards downfield. Tyree, in turn, was well-covered and jumped to catch a high pass, ultimately holding the ball against the top of his helmet with two hands as he was brought to the ground. The ball didn't come out. That's tenacity.

If I were going to make a "who wants it more?" video, the slow-motion footage of that play would be a top choice.

(while it lasts, here it is in German)

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