Monday, February 08, 2010
The team that nobody picked to win the Super Bowl played with guts and determination to win championship glory under the leadership of a quarterback familiar with adversity and similar unwarranted skepticism about his ability to win.
Oh, and don't forget the coaching.
Sean Payton, widely regarded as one of the game's most fearless play-callers, made several bold moves that sparked the Saints to a surprising comeback in the second half.Read the whole thing to fully understand how Payton managed to defeat the Colts. Before the game, a friend and I concluded that the Saints had a chance -- if they could build up a huge lead and then hang on for dear life after, "Peyton Manning figures out their defense." Good thing Sean Payton saw another way.
Although most of Payton's brilliance is tied to his offensive acumen, it was actually his daring special teams gamble that initially changed the game's momentum. The Saints' confident leader instructed Thomas Morstead to attempt a surprise onside kick to open the third quarter, and the risky maneuver paid huge dividends as Jonathan Casillas came up with the unlikely recovery.
With the Saints finally set up in prime field position, the offensive wizard immediately made adjustments that got his offense in gear. [links dropped]
My initial reactions upon seeing the onside kick could be summed up as follows: (1) "What the hell just happened?" (2) "Why on earth are they doing an onside kick?" (3) "Nice! Peyton Manning's going to be busy keeping the bench warm for a few more minutes." That was a risky call, but its success immediately wiped away the sting of a Saints' drive just before halftime, in which the team came up just short of a touchdown after going for it on fourth down.
To have the Saints as one's hometown team has often been an exercise in waiting for the other shoe to drop, of wondering when the "Ain'ts" will finally show their true colors and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
When "change" means ...
... to put in another quarter and try again.
The host at the Super Bowl party I attended yesterday had the television on mute during the pre-game, so all I could do was wonder why Barack Obama was suddenly interrupting America's day off. Apparently, he's going to offer the same raw deal on medicine to members of both parties, as if he hasn't already done so, and as if nobody understood what he meant the first time.
"I want to come back [after the Presidents Day congressional recess] and have a large meeting -- Republicans and Democrats -- to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward," Obama said in an interview with Katie Couric during CBS's Super Bowl pre-game show Sunday.In other words, Barack Obama is promising to open up a "dialogue" and warning that his ears will be well-sealed before he shows up. Watch him complain, if this gets where it should, that the Republicans can't seem to get past the "standard conservative talking points" on "healthcare."
He'll make that "argument" too transparent to take seriously, too. Keep up the good work, Barry.
The Worst Super Bowl Ad
Is this Audi ad:
(a) guilty of downplaying the danger of the environmentalist agenda, (b) an attempt at bullying, or (c) both?
It's like someone there read Ayn Rand complaining about pragmatic businessmen destroying capitalism by sanctioning its enemies and said, "I'll show her what 'destroying capitalism' means!"
Note to Self
Read about this innovation:
Suddenly, the mammoth shale formations in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, North Dakota, and elsewhere have the potential to produce abundant amounts of gas for decades to come.As C. August indicates, "Prior to this innovation, the natural gas in the shale could not technically be termed a resource."