SB XLII: PLAXICO WAS RIGHT!!!!!
That would be Plaxico Burress, who caught the triumphant pass in the Giants' 17-14 Super Bowl success over the Patriots.
Eli Manning was the MVP, although personally my vote would have gone to Plax for the winner or possibly even to David Tyree, who caught two of the biggest passes of the evening.
That said, amazingly enough the other keys to the Giants victory were - EAGLES take note - four rookie draft picks.
Tight end Kevin Boss caught a 45-yard pass to set up the first Giants TD.
Wide receiver Steve Smith caught a 12-yard pass and just as importantly, got out of bounds with 39 seconds left to give Manning four fresh downs from the 13-yard line.
Zac DeOssie tackled Laurence Maroney, who had killed the Giants every which way throughout the night, at the 26-yard line on the ensuing kickoff.
Finally defensive tackle Jay Alford of Penn State sacked Brady for a 10-yard loss on the last series of the game.
Greatest team ever? I was with Mercury Morris, the retired running back, no matter what happened; his 1972 Miami Dolphins are the best.
As for the Patriots, their head coach, Bill Belichick, didn't stick around for the last second to tick off the clock.
A part of me wants to say cheaters proof.
Another part says, thank you Giants, for saving the NFL from the ignominy of having a tainted champion.
Thanks for doing what the new age owners and their new age commissioner have been unable to do with any real degree of credibility, and that is to preserve the integrity of America's greatest game.
Now, if we can just get rid of the salary cap ...