Monday, February 4, 2008

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A good year for Connecticut sports fans

It's not easy being raised in a comfortable suburb of central Connecticut. It creates confused sports loyalties that cannot be explained to others. The past two weeks, I've had to explain to friends and neighbors how I can simultaneously root for the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants.

Well, after last night's game, I'm not thinking it's that difficult a burden. Despite some sloppiness in the middle quarters, the Giants wrecked the Patriots' perfect season. They didn't wreck it through luck, but through superior line play and intelligent play calling. So much for the shock and awe of an unbeaten season.

There were no wardrobe malfunctions. The announcing team was confident. The commercials were mostly mediocre, but not abysmal. For once, it was just about the game -- with an awesome fourth quarter.

One last thought -- for all the hand-wringing about "what the children will think" about Spygate or steroids or what have you, this football season finally contained a positive parable for the children. Despite the fact that the last regular-season game against the Patriots was a meaningless one for the Giants, they put maximum effort on the field. Even though they lost that game 38-35, their effort was rewarded. That game gave the Giants the confidence to win three straight playoff games on the road, and then pull off a shocker in the Super Bowl.

In professional sports, it's not only about talent -- effort still matters. And that's a great moral for the children.

posted by Dan on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM


I fully expect that tomorrow's Tuesday Morning Quarterback will make the same observation that came to me last night. Not only were the football gods rewarding the Giants for that spirited final game of the season, but they were also displeased with NE because....wait for it....Brady's fancy girl friend was shown in the luxury box...wait for it... drinking red wine! Who drinks red wine in the stands of a football game? I may have been drinking red wine in the friendly confines of my friend's home, but, to repeat, who drinks red wine in the stands at a football game? When I saw that I knew the football gods would smile on the Giants, and they did.

posted by: Sam on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM [permalink]

The larger question is will Giselle follow through?.

posted by: Randy Paul on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM [permalink]

There is no way you can be both a Red Sox fan and Giants fan. Sounds like a bandwagon jumper to me.

posted by: Doc on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM [permalink]


Actually, Dan's been pretty consistent about his rooting interests if you've paid attention to his blog for a long time.

Connecticut is the border state for both baseball and football and I know for a fact that he's not the only one to have split cow-hide and pigskin allegiances.

posted by: TA on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM [permalink]

Congratulations, sir. Your team outcoached us and outplayed us. You deserved it.

posted by: foolishmortal on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM [permalink]

I do hope there was some irony intended in "it's not easy being raised in a comfortable suburb of central Connecticut." If there's an easier place on earth to be raised, I'd like to know where it is.

posted by: Lane on 02.04.08 at 07:56 AM [permalink]

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