The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Patriots 34, Stereotypes 28

Posted on | February 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

Julian Edelman (left), Danny Amendola (center) and Chris Hogan (right).

They’re calling it the greatest Super Bowl in history, and not because of Lady Gaga dancing in her sequin-covered panties at halftime.

No, it was because the Patriots staged the greatest comeback ever witnessed, as Tom Brady threw for a record 466 yards to win the first Super Bowl ever decided in overtime, and broke my heart. Being a native of Atlanta, this Super Bowl defeat was hard one for me, especially after the University of Alabama lost the national championship.

You know who else lost Sunday? Racial stereotypes:

So there the Patriots were, playing in the Super Bowl, trailing Atlanta by 25 points, and history said there was no chance they could win. As a Falcons fan, this was what I was happy to believe, but for some reason, the Patriots didn’t get the memo. Instead, the team that had rejected stereotypes decided to make their own history. It was a well-balanced team effort. Running back James White was New England’s leading receiver, but his 14 catches accounted for only 110 yards of the 466 yards that Brady passed for Sunday, and the three white receivers combined for 17 catches and 222 yards, including [Danny] Amendola’s fourth-quarter TD catch that narrowed the score to 28–20 with just under 6 minutes left to play. Key to that drive was [Julian] Edelman’s miraculous catch of a tipped pass in the middle of three Falcon defenders.
That catch was replayed from every angle and, no matter how much I wanted it to be incomplete, there was no doubt: The white boy caught it. That was when I (and every other Atlanta fan) started cussing at our TVs. Could that blankety-blank Brady pull a blanking miracle out of his blank?
Well, he did it, didn’t he? And it was Amendola who caught the 2-point conversion pass that tied the score and, for the first time in Super Bowl history, we went to overtime. Blank blank blankety-blank!
New England’s final 75-yard overtime touchdown drive included catches by Amendola (14 yards and a first down at the Patriots’ 45), [Chris] Hogan (18 yards and a first down at Atlanta’s 37) and 15 yards to Edelman for a first down at the Falcon 25. That’s three catches for 47 yards and — blankety blank! — I was screaming at my TV, “What the blank is it with all these blanking white guys?” What kind of world are we living in, when Atlanta’s getting beat by a blankety-blank named Edelman and a blanking lacrosse player from Ramapo, N.J.? . . .

Read the whole thing at The Patriarch Tree. Like other Falcon fans, I’m still trying to figure out how Russians hacked Atlanta’s defense . . .



 

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