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Smiles were the order of the day, as the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants returned home, victorious once again. The team’s charter plane from Indianapolis touched down around 1:55 p.m. local time Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
INDIANAPOLIS – Ahmad Bradshaw approached the goal line with the ball tucked tightly in his right arm and realized nobody was trying to strip it away or even stop him from scoring. Could it really be this easy to score the winning touchdown in a Super Bowl?
I’m happy for the Giants’ Tom Coughlin, who, in any given season, goes from coaching for his job to coaching in the Super Bowl. I’m happy for America, which, for one day, shows the world it still is the No. 1 superpower for spectacle and sport. And, of course, I’m happy that the somewhat evil Patriots lost. As usual, I took it all in and took copious notes:
INDIANAPOLIS – Take that, Brady. You too, Peyton. Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl – in older brother Peyton’s house, at that.
INDIANAPOLIS – Eli Manning is elite, for sure. A king of comebacks, too. And far, far more than Peyton’s little brother now. Spot-on from beginning to end Sunday night, Eli Manning won his second NFL championship in a four-year span – and second Super Bowl MVP award – for coolly, calmly steering the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots with a last-minute touchdown drive.
Just as he did four years ago, Eli Manning guided the New York Giants to a decisive touchdown in the final minute and the result Sunday was a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rarely is Bill Belichick outcoached. Tom Brady almost never gets outplayed. The brilliant coach on the sideline and his cerebral leader on the field – winners of three Super Bowls together – are still a notch above their NFL championship game opponent. That’s why come today the New England Patriots will beat the New York Giants, a title to be earned with brains as much as brawn.
Here in the land of the free, Americans can observe Super Bowl Sunday in the manner of their own choosing. You can focus on the football game.
INDIANAPOLIS – In this new NFL age of throw first and throw again, it’s easy to forget to first rule of football: Defense wins championships. Sorry, Eli. Sorry, Tom. There’s no doubt you’re both among the league’s elite quarterbacks.
INDIANAPOLIS – MVP quarterbacks on marquee franchises. A rematch of a nail-biter from four years ago, featuring many of the same key characters. Madonna and plenty of Manning – Eli, and Peyton, too. This Super Bowl certainly has all the makings of another thriller, the perfect finish to a season that began in turmoil and wound up the most successful in league history.
Back in 1967, when the Green Bay Packers took on the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl, did AFL and NFL leaders even consider that the event would turn into the television advertising showcase it is today? One in which the ads are as much a part of the buzz as the teams and the contest? In 1983, a dark, memorable Apple ad kicked off this venue’s journey to the showcase we know today. Mickey Lonchar with Quisenberry Marketing and Design shares a pertinent story about that in his October 2011 blog:
INDIANAPOLIS – The best quarterbacks bring fans out of their seats. Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning did exactly that Saturday night when the NFL Most Valuable Player accepted the trophy from the only four-time winner of the award. The Green Bay quarterback won the 2011 Associated Press award in a landslide. Manning, the hometown hero who didn’t play a down this season because of neck surgery, handed it to him.
The Super Bowl in Indianapolis: Revenge of the Agri-Nerds.
NEW YORK – Companies hope you’ll be gabbing about their Super Bowl ads on Monday morning. But the ultimate score is if those conversations continue throughout the year. The Super Bowl is an advertiser’s biggest stage (more than 111 million fans are expected to tune in this year). It’s also an advertiser’s biggest gamble (a 30-second spot costs $3.5 million). Marketers are willing to take the risk, though: A successful ad can generate buzz well after the game for the companies, products and people who star in them.
INDIANAPOLIS – Another practice, another day of progress for Rob Gronkowski. The All-Pro tight end was listed as questionable for the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl against the New York Giants on Sunday after moving without a limp on Friday as the Patriots walked through their offensive plays.