Monday, November 11, 2013


If the NY Giants shoot the moon, they will become the first team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl after starting the season 0-6. And they'll do it in The Meadowlands, no less. Is this their year? Are the stars aligned for them? Will they work their butts off and stop giving up in the middle of a play? (Yes, I'm talking to you Justin Tuck - 3rd down, second drive of the game today.) Think they can't do it? Think it's impossible? Just remember, late in the season in 2007, they put their heads down, gritted their teeth, and got their act together to vanquish team after team in hostile territory through a brutal playoff schedule.  No one picked them to be the survivors, but survive they did. And they made it all the way to Super Bowl XLII where they faced the undefeated New England Patriots.

Here is what I wrote in 2008 after The Superbowl:

Romance, like sports, is an aching quest for the moment of perfect climax.

Why else was this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLII the most watched thing ever on TV, second only to the final episode of M*A*S*H? Are there so many Patriots and Giants fans out there? Maybe, but I suspect the game's popularity was due to not just the foreplay, but more significantly, to the guarantee of an explosive climax.

As Sports Illustrated so succinctly says, "The Super Bowl would be either a CORONATION or a COLOSSAL UPSET." In one corner is a smug, undefeated, championship team who wants to make history by becoming the only NFL franchise to go 19-0 in a season. In the other corner is a scrappy wild card team who has unexpectedly beaten redoubtable play-offs rivals to become the second-worse franchise ever to make it to the Super Bowl. New York’s Plaxico Burress predicts a 23-17 Giants win. Tom Brady laughs at a press conference at the notion of his Patriots scoring a mere 17 points. Can the New York defense stop the locomotion of the New England offense? Tom Brady looms infallible - can Eli Manning, league leader in interceptions thrown during the regular season, step up?

As it turns out, Plaxico is wrong. The Giants hold the Patriots to 14 points, not 17, thanks to a defense that sacks Tom Brady 5 times and breaks up the Hail Mary. And in the last 2 minutes of the game, Patriots on top by 4, young Eli steps up. Courtesy of an offensive line that wouldn't quit, he breaks out of a near-sack to throw to third-string receiver David Tyree who makes one of the most amazing catches in NFL history. Seriously, who catches a football with his head? A final pass to Plaxico in the end zone, and those scrappy Giants win the Super Bowl.

It was the perfect climax.

It's never too late to get it together. To play your hardest. To win. Just ask David Seidler. 

Day 2:
Fixed pricing - the paperback She Likes It Rough is now on sale for the  holiday season!
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