The New York Giants — who call the New Jersey Meadowlands their home field — are the champions of Super Bowl XLII after beating the New England Patriots last night. There are three lessons to be learned in the David Giants going up against the “unbeatable” Goliath Patriots.
talent. Others may say you’re no good and that you don’t deserve to
You know better.
You know anything is possible when luck and preparation meet. You know
to never die until the blood leaves your body.
You know you aren’t tackled just by having your jersey pulled. You know
a game-saving catch can include your helmet.
second lesson you learn is there is no such thing as inevitability. The
Patriots were supposed to be the first undefeated team since the 1972
Now the Patriots are 18-1 and will be known more for their single loss
than their 18 wins.
Is that fair?
Becoming the modern-day Titanic — by sinking just as you are supposed
to be rising — is what hubris has wrought on the Patriots. New England
earned their deaths and they dug their own graves in football history
by being distant and unkind in the glow of adoration and in the light
of their cheating scandal.
The final lesson we take away from the Giants win is how joy and love
of the game mean more than records and perceived perfection.
We saw last night just how the right defense can smother an offense led
by a pretty boy matinee idol who isn’t used to getting his uniform
The New York Football Giants found the Patriots vulnerable and willing
to take a beating.
The Patriots were gleefully led down the prairie
path to pull defeat from the clutches of victory.
This Giants win is one that will never be forgotten in New York — or
forgiven in New England — and that is precisely the definition of joy trumping destiny.