The following story is the result of a friendly wager with our sister site in Wilmington, Massachusetts, based on the winner of this year's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
I was finally feeling a little better about Wes Welker's dropped pass, Tom Brady's ridiculous safety, and all of the other pain and suffering from Super Bowl 46 on February 5. Then I had to painfully slip on that Justin Tuck jersey, grab a hold of the Giants hat and sport the No. 1 finger. Ouch.
But as promised to Justin Izzo, Local Editor in Levittown, I'm here to tell you that yes, New York was the better team in this year's Super Bowl. And no, I didn't forget about our friendly wager.
They didn't make the mistakes the Patriots did, they kept their cool when things didn't go their way, and Eli Manning came through with another Super Bowl MVP.
While Welker couldn't haul in what could have been a game-ending catch late in the contest, Mario Manningham made an absolutely phenomenal grab down the sideline on the Giants' winning drive.
It used to be the Patriots who were the team that was untouchable in big games, always making the smart play and getting the lucky bounce. But in recent years, that's turned out to be the Giants.
On several occasions, Giant ball carriers fumbled key plays away, but in every case they were in the right spot, securing critical possessions. And when New York had the chance to go for the jugular, they did.
Eli Manning is clutch. End of story. He's now won two Super Bowl MVP awards, and is suddenly just one title behind Tom Brady. Go figure.
So congratulations to the New York Giants, and their fans out in Patch land. They were simply the better team.
And for all you readers in New England feeling the same way that I am, just remember to use the old Red Sox saying from the days before Boston was the City of Champions. There's always next year.