Right after the game, of course, I saw the obligatory “HEY PITTSBURGH, YOU JUST WON THE SUPER BOWL” ads, where the TV falsely identified me as a Steelers fan, and then tried to sell me not just “the first eco-friendly t-shirt” (what does that say about the other ones?), but some kind of “championship towel”.
More importantly, though, they offered up the Steelers championship DVD. Now, I’m assuming that if I ordered this, it wouldn’t ship for a few weeks while they, you know, actually make it. But I assume they aren’t working from scratch, at this point — don’t you think they would have started editing before the game, like with the t-shirts they end up shipping to third world countries? If so, that would mean that even if there isn’t a full championship Cardinals DVD, there’s at least the beginnings of one. And if that’s true, does this mean I can get a 2007 Patriots Championship DVD?
(update : Son of a gun, looks like they do. What’s on that DVD? Did they just make the box?)
For the record, I described the Cardinals as “done” after the pick to close the first half, and even though they eventually lost, I fully admit “done” was an extremely inaccurate analysis, considering the furious 2nd half drive. No, you didn’t deserve all those playoff home games it doesn’t excuse the stupidity of the current playoff seeding system, but Arizona played really well — well enough that the media will feel obligated to act surprised next season when they go 8-8 and miss the playoffs.
And finally, moral of the story after watching the last four Super Bowl competitors trade shots back and forth in two respective 4th quarters — no matter how good your defense is, you’re not going to get a stop with two minutes left in the Super Bowl. You just aren’t; your pass rushers and DBs are going to be too tired. Last night, they asked Mike Tomlin what he was thinking after Fitzgerald scored that breakaway touchdown with just about three minutes to play, and he didn’t even hesitate to answer with this :
Tomlin kept his emotions in check when Fitzgerald, in a very un-Steelers-like way, scored a spectacular 64-yard touchdown with 2:37 left to give the Cardinals a 23-20 lead.
“I actually was thinking that if they were going to score, that’s how you want them to — extremely quickly,” Tomlin said.
“As soon as we missed the tackle and he was running down the middle of the field, I was over it by the time he got into the end zone.”
Yup. It’s called “I’m in the Super Bowl with a mobile quarterback and I’m playing Arizona in the 4th quarter. There is a zero percent chance they are going to be able to get a stop.” I remember thinking the exact same thing last year, when Moss scored just before the Helmet Catch drive. The announcers were going crazy, and my wife asked me why I wasn’t excited.
I answered. “That was too fast.”
So whether it’s prevent defenses, nerves, dumb luck, or some combination of the three mixed with an incredible play (dropping my homerism for just one second, doesn’t Santonio Holmes’ catch — combined with Roethzxzxzcxburger’s throw — have to rank up there with Tyree’s play, if not for improbability, than for straight up impressiveness? Could that have been any harder?)
So, based on a scientifically rock-solid sample size of two, that’s the new close-game Super Bowl math. Over two minutes left when you score the go ahead points — you’re in trouble.