The complete and utter domination of the sports universe by Boston teams over all comers took a huge hit last week, much to the delight of New Yorkers everywhere. Beginning with the Orlando Magic’s buzzer beater victory over the mighty Celtics (courtesy of a Hedo Turkoglu jumper with Paul Pierce in his face) last Sunday, the upsets continued during the week with the Mets ending up with Twins ace Johan Santana instead of the Red Sox (though Boston fans had to be happy the Yankees didn’t get him). And the of course the biggest shocker of them all–the Giants stunning victory over the seemingly invincible 18 – 0 Patriots in Super Bowl 42, one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The G-men did exactly what they had to do–eat up the clock, harass and pressure Brady all day (5 sacks certainly helped), and come up with two incredibly clutch 4th quarter drives to snatch victory away from the poised to be perfect Patriots. What a game! Maybe it still doesn’t make up for the Yankees choke losing four straight to the Red Sox on the way to their first World Series in 80 years (or whatever it was), but it helps balance the recent scales just a little bit in the best city rivalry in sports.
The commercials weren’t bad either, but taken as a whole maybe not as interesting as in years past. I did however, love the E-Trade ads with the dubbed baby at the computer talking about trading stocks into the webcam. The first one had the spit-up punchline and the second one had the “creepy” clown in the background–classic. And you had to laugh at the smarmy Will Ferrel SEMI-PRO basketball player–all you can say is “Bud Light–Suck One!”