You See, One Is Played With a Bat and a Little Round Ball

The New York tabs, trying to be as snarky as ever, and failing:

Seriously, that was the greatest Super Bowl ever. Certainly it was the most exciting one I ever watched. And it’s especially sweet as a Yankee fan to know that Red Sox Nation went to bed in tears last night.

Funny. I didn’t notice the Red Sox playing last night.

34 comments… add one
  • Ugh. Pathetic.
    Wake me up in 9 days.

    Yankee Fan In Boston February 4, 2008, 11:48 am
  • http://www.nbc11.com/sports/1221495/detail.html
    Come on, now. You know the Red Sox and Yankees were on the field last night. Heck, my 3 year old kept calling the Patriots the Red Sox.

    Derek February 4, 2008, 11:50 am
  • No team has ever made me cry other than the Red Sox, who have done it on numerous occasions.
    As much as I love the Pats (and I do love the Pats, a lot), I didn’t come close to tears last night, not for a moment. Not sure if it is the sport of football, the nature of the Super Bowl as a single momentary event different, pace-wise, from something like a long baseball season or playoff series, the fact that baseball is such a continuous game while football has fits and starts, or just the fact that, last night, the Pats got beat fair and square and lost to a superior team. I am sure there are many fans who did get choked up, angry, sad, tearful at the loss. But no sport has ever made me emotional like baseball.
    There’s definitely crying in baseball. But not football.

    SF February 4, 2008, 11:51 am
  • I had some friends over for the game, and their 2-year-old kept calling both teams the Packers.
    I guess Packer Nation went to bed in tears last night. :-P

    Paul SF February 4, 2008, 11:52 am
  • There’s definitely crying in baseball. But not football.
    Exactly. I slept well, and I root for the Patriots. But that’s the difference. I root for the Pats; I live for the Sox.

    Paul SF February 4, 2008, 11:53 am
  • Phew, I am glad I had no earnest interest in yesterday’s events. That would have broken me but good. As it is, I got to watch a good game.

    Devine February 4, 2008, 11:59 am
  • “…I live for…[insert favorite baseball team here]…” amen
    something we can agree on paul…most of us that visit this site frequently probably don’t need to remind each other what our favorite sport is, or who our favorite team is…i’m with you…football for me is just something to pass the time with during the baseball off-season…

    dc February 4, 2008, 12:00 pm
  • What did Patriots fans chant at every one of their victory parades?
    “Yankees suck!”
    Oh right, but one reporter commenting that a sizable amount of Red Sox fans are also Patriots fans and therefore will be upset is being “Snarky.”

    AW YF February 4, 2008, 12:25 pm
  • Doesn’t he have a point though? NY fans bagged on Boston fans when they were on top, then vice versa…it’s the way of the world. It just sucks when you are the team that’s on the short end of the stick!!! If the Patriots had won, I’m sure there would be more than one article in Boston talking about the “Boston Dominance” of NY…just didn’t happen this time…

    krueg February 4, 2008, 12:55 pm
  • In case you weren’t watching the pre-game show, Howie donned a Red Sox cap, not a Pats one, to emphasize his choice of victor.
    It’s all about baseball. Paul hit the nail on the head. Football is just something to amuse yourself with between November and February.

    nettles-yf February 4, 2008, 12:59 pm
  • If the Red Sox were playing last night, that certainly explains a lot. I think at least some Patriots were being Manny instead of being offensive linemen…

    Andrew F (Sox Fan) February 4, 2008, 1:10 pm
  • I actually thought that was a great article. Somebody needs to call Belichik out for being an arrogant ***hole.
    It reflects on the Patriots team too. I saw probably more than half of the Patriots team walking through the tunnel before the game was even over. You might not have lost all year, but at least act like you can handle a loss.
    And for Brady to say that last night doesn’t take anything away? Sure, it doesn’t take anything away, but it sure as hell didn’t earn you the honor of being the best football club in the world now does it?
    The 18-1 Pats have lost their spot in the history books for good.

    Smitty February 4, 2008, 1:19 pm
  • Die hard Sox fan over here went to bed very happy last night and even let out a whoop when Tyree caught that pass. A really bratty kid in my son’s second grade class called some other kid a moron last Friday for not KNOWING the Pats would win the Super Bowl. And yes, I am that small a person that I spent the game rooting for an uppity seven year old to be proved wrong. Or I care that little about football…

    rootbeerfloat February 4, 2008, 1:37 pm
  • The 18-1 Pats have lost their spot in the history books for good.
    Heh. Except for the record points scored, most touchdowns by a QB, most touchdowns by a WR, only team to start a season 17-0, most cosnecutive regular season wins.
    But, yeah, other than that, nothing historic here.
    one reporter commenting that a sizable amount of Red Sox fans are also Patriots fans
    AW, you missed the point entirely. Are there not portions of Red Sox Nation who couldn’t care less about the Patriots? I would guess the vast, vast majority of “Red Sox Nation” in fact had no tears about last night’s loss because the team playing was not the Red Sox.
    It was just bad writing, and a false attempt to reclaim some ground for 2004. Some New Yorkers obviously want to use this as a way to cancel out the sting from three-plus years ago. It may, in the larger context of city vs. city, but the last I checked, last night was Giants vs. Patriots, not Yankees vs. Red Sox.

    Paul SF February 4, 2008, 1:40 pm
  • not only was it bad writing, it was lazy writing.
    the next week plus will be excruciating. the relatively warm weather here in boston is somehow making it worse.

    Yankee Fan In Boston February 4, 2008, 1:50 pm
  • Their spot in history is assured. One of the few teams to go undefeated, and the only one to go 16-0, in the regular season and lose in the Super Bowl.

    Colin February 4, 2008, 2:03 pm
  • Yes, all of those accolades are nice, but I was talkin about the spot in history that they really (hopefully/should have) cared about, and that would have been being the only team to complete a perfect season in todays 17 week NFL. That is the stat winners care about, because winners only care about winning the big game. Like I said before, there are two other teams that have gone 18-1, but they won their Super Bowls.

    Smitty February 4, 2008, 2:21 pm
  • And also one question. I’ll preface it by saying that I am a believer that the NFL likes to see the Pats win, and that most officiating crews I’ve seen have been intimidated by Belichick and the big bad Pats.
    Last night when Belichick challenged the too many men on the field call I was scared ****less and thought it would change the game, and it got me wondering, is that even a legit challenge?
    Yes, I know you cannot have 12 players on the field, but have you ever seen a penalty (especially an original non-call) get challenged? Ever seen a challenge flag after a missed offsides call? A missed PI call? No, and I believe it’s because you cannot challenge those types of calls. Does anybody know the real ruling on what can and cannot be challenged??

    Smitty February 4, 2008, 2:25 pm
  • paul, something tells me that you care more about the super bowl result than you would like us to believe…

    dc February 4, 2008, 3:04 pm
  • DC, I have no control over what the voices in your head tell you. ;-)

    Paul SF February 4, 2008, 3:08 pm
  • actually, your voice is much louder and clearer than the ones in my head…your posts of protest speak volumes….
    ;)

    dc February 4, 2008, 3:11 pm
  • The 2001 Seattle Mariners had the best Win/Loss record ever, and the best Runs Scored/Runs Allowed ratio ever (1998 Yankees were very close behind in both). Who ever cares about them, except for a cautionary tale in what happens to amazing teams that don’t go all the way? 2007/2008 Patriots are the same way. Historic team, but more historic for what they didn’t do.

    AndrewYF February 4, 2008, 4:52 pm
  • I’m not sure I agree with that analogy, Andrew. I mean, everyone loves Edgar Martinez.

    FenSheaParkway February 4, 2008, 4:55 pm
  • Since I’m neither a Patriots nor Giants fan, I have a different take on the legacy of this Super Bowl. And if professional writers are going to be allowed to claim that this outcome somehow alleviates the pain of a previous incident, even without the commonality of the same players or even the same sport, then I’m going to co-opt this line of reasoning for my own purposes:
    This Super Bowl may or may not mean anything to the fans of the teams in the 2004 Yankees, but it does now mean something to one fan of another team who lost four straight championship games – the Buffalo Bills. Just as I can still look forward to hearing about the accomplishments of the 2004 Red Sox whenever a team in any sport gets in a 0-3 series hole, perhaps I can now hope to see less frequently references to “wide right”, the infinity-to-three final from Super Bowl XXVII, and losing a half-time lead one year later against the same team.
    Watching the Pats lose yesterday was disappointing to me for a handful of reasons, but I’ll take some solace in the possibility that when NFL yakkers feel obliged to bring up the most embarrassing Super Bowl performance, maybe they’ll leave the Bills alone for once next time.

    FenSheaParkway February 4, 2008, 6:17 pm
  • Correction: I meant to write “… mean anything to the fans of the 2004 Yankees…” oops.

    FenSheaParkway February 4, 2008, 6:19 pm
  • To suggest that there is not a massive overlap in a Venn diagram of Red Sox and Pats fans strikes me as ludicrous. Obviously, there is a NY vs. Boston rivarly, and obviously this was a pretty big win for NY. Paul can try and relativise all he wants (We still have our records! I wasn’t crying! Sox fans don’t care!) but at the end of the day tomorrow, they will be cleaning up the ticker tape in NY, and the Giants will be wearing the championship caps.

    YF February 4, 2008, 6:47 pm
  • I think I was the one who said I wasn’t crying, YF.
    What’s with the arrogant, dickish attitude, though? Your last comment is all about the winning, the “failure” of the Pats, even though you supposedly are above the whole black/white/win/lose thing and (I suppose disingenuously) applauded me for my own attitude change regarding that? Why can’t Paul recognize this season for what it contained? Why do have to reduce it to “the Giants are celebrating and the Pats went home”, as if they accomplished zippo? You have always talked about how the game, sport, is about more than just winning, but as soon as a team you (sort of, a bit fair-weatherishly) root for wins you turn into something of a jackass?
    You can’t have it both ways, you know. What’s gotten into you? Or have you always been this way, and I just forgot due to these Yankees several years of complete failure whilst we blogged?

    SF February 4, 2008, 7:57 pm
  • “but at the end of the day tomorrow, they will be cleaning up the ticker tape in NY, and the Giants will be wearing the championship caps.”
    What is the difference between this and “count teh ringzzz”?

    SF February 4, 2008, 8:25 pm
  • I think YF overestimates my passion for football. I was rooting for the Patriots; I was disappointed they lost.
    But I always watch the Super Bowl happy in the knowledge that when it’s over, it’s baseball season again.
    And that’s my point. Are a TON of Patriots fans also Red Sox fans, and vice versa? Yes. But if you consider yourself a member of “Red Sox Nation” — which is the blogger’s choice of words — then you most likely couldn’t give two rips whether the Patriots ever won another Super Bowl, or even another game, if it meant the Red Sox kept pulling off seasons like 2004 and 2007.

    Paul SF February 4, 2008, 8:30 pm
  • Apropos of very little:
    Boston teams are 1-0 in league championship series/games in the past year.
    New England teams are 0-2 in league championship series/games in the past year.
    I’m going to guess that “Red Sox Nation” is probably pretty okay with that.

    FenSheaParkway February 4, 2008, 9:05 pm
  • OK, as probably the only Dolphin’s fan who comes around here…I found my favorite (post)Super Bowl ad
    http://www.rbk.com/us/perfectville/
    Saw it on PTI

    VicSF February 4, 2008, 9:10 pm
  • FenShea –
    Nice to reference the Buffalo Bills and the New England Revolution in the same thread!

    Honkball February 4, 2008, 9:52 pm
  • Any given writer would have had the Giants win. The Patriots have been dominant for so long that there’s no drama in seeing them win again. I was upset with the loss, but I’m glad that the Patriots were fairly beaten.
    I would have MUCH preferred it if the Packers had done it, though.

    Kazz February 4, 2008, 9:57 pm
  • Vic: You are not the only Fins fan around here…make that two of us. That commercial was great! Keeping the 72′ Fins the only “perfect” team was the bright light in a season of TOTAL: DARKNESS!!!
    The Miami Dolphins are on the clock…

    krueg February 5, 2008, 10:41 am

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