John's Well-Educated Guesses: Super Bowl Edition - The Recap
I feel like so many of my fears came true in this game. I absolutely thought we would win. Too much Tom Brady for them to handle. But check out of some of things I said I was worried about.
"I have an ominous feeling that these kind of campaigns always get derailed. Whenever we look like we are going to do something truly unbelievable, it gets snatched away by a helmet catch or a missed extra point. We got our F – You Super Bowl last year. Another one would be insane to think about….So naturally I feel like I should expect the worst."
Right down to the missed extra point. God damnit. I told my We Want Six crew that last year was win or DIE due to Tommy's suspension. We had to show that rat fuck Goodell nothing can stop us, and force him to hand that Lombardi trophy to Tom at the end of the season. This year didn't have that kind of fight for oxygen type of feel. This was easy street. The path was easy. We already became the greatest team, qb, coach ever. We were on a beach relaxing in the sun hoping for more glory but sitting pretty either way. The only silver lining I can find is that losing in this game made next year a scorched earth year. Jules is back. Money Mitch is back. High is back. I now feel like our head is being held under water again, and trust me, that's a good thing. We will fight for that air.
I also wrote "If we can take away the easy stuff, Foles is gonna have to take his shots deep and to the outside. That’s what we want to force, but if he is dropping dimes like last week, we could be in trouble. I don’t expect the Eagles to beat themselves. If you let them dink and dunk, they are good enough to put together 13 plays. Just got to get enough stops to let the offense do their thing."
Tip of the cap, he took his shots and hit them. I put at least half the blame on the Pats horrid D, but Foles could have easily missed those throws. So credit where it's due. He put the balls in a perfect spot for his teammates to juggle and not catch them in the end zone. It's not his fault the refs called them tuddies anyway.
I don't have much else to say about this game, Anne Frankly I'm sick of talking about it anyway. Let's looks at how the final round of predictions shook out.
Prediction: The National Anthem goes over 2:00. This is a lock.
Result: Nope, and it cost me a pretty penny too. At least I hit the opening coin flip.
Prediction: Nick Foles throws for over 300. I think the Eagles are going to come out hot and make this a game, at least early. They will move the ball easily inside the 20s, but the Pats just gotta hang tough in the red zone to be ok.
Result: Nailed it. 373 to be exact. Had a bad feeling about this one. They came out hot, but unfortunately for us they stayed hot. We couldn't hang on third down or in the red area. Even ONE fucking stop would have done it.
Prediction: Gronk wins MVP – Why not? I think he can really be the difference in the red zone, even if it’s just making 2 guys cover him. (Also, they don’t want to give it to Brady but might have to.)
Result: This guess was spot on IMHFO. Gronk was the difference in the red area and his numbers were absolutely MVP worthy. But what made this guess so great is that I knew they wouldn't want to give it to Brady but they probably would have! 500 yards passing! Insanity.
Prediction: Pats win again, 27-21. Who’s got it better than us?
Result: Half right. The Pats lost a heart breaker. But who's got it better than us? Still no one.