The Patriots 34-28 overtime victory against the Falcons will probably go down as the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
I mean, it already is, but I'll be surprised if anyone pulls that off again in my lifetime -- 31 unanswered points to come from behind and win in o/t . . . amazing. People like to hate on the Pats and Bill Belichick, but you can't deny what they've managed during his time there. Five Super Bowls, Brady has four Super Bowl MVP awards (he threw for over 400 yds in the game tonight!) . . . sportscasters and columnists love to count Belichick down when he loses players to trades or injury, and yet he keeps putting these juggernaut teams together year after year.
I can't remember the last time there was a season when folks weren't looking at New England to be in the playoffs.
The deflategate business was bullsh*t and Roger Goodell acted like a petulant jerk in suspending Brady even though there was no evidence of wrongdoing, just a lot of hatred of his success and side-eye suspicions -- they're so good . . . they must be cheating, we just haven't caught them yet.
I'm no huge fan of the Pats, even though I root for the Red Sox in baseball, but I've always liked Belichick's attitude towards coaching -- another team or the league f*cks with him, and he just puts the peddle to the metal and tries to hang 50 points on everyone they play. It was sweet redemption to force Goodell to hand the Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft after the game.
Loved the boos for Goodell too. Chased him right off stage.
I ignored most of the commercials, so I don't have much to comment about them. Already knew about Audi's stupid pay inequality thing, and they've already been beaten up online for their hypocrisy and stupidity over it. The 84 Lumber thing was pretty over the top. Glad they cut that off so we didn't have to endure their support of illegal immigration.
The halftime show was pretty excellent I thought. I loved the bit with the drones, that was very cool. And Lady Gaga showed just how savvy a recording star she is. Most of her music celebrates diversity without being overtly pushy about it. So she could play her stuff and not come off like Beyoncé celebrating Black Panthers or some such.
I saw a concert with Gaga on HBO a few years back. She was relatively new in the business and I was impressed with her stage demeanor, I think I even wrote about it here. She's got a presence on stage that is far beyond what she should have so early in her career. And she showed it tonight. No ridiculous dance sequences that stopped her from singing live. She seemed to basically be reprising her usual concert show, with some embellishments.
Oh yeah, one other thing. Big ups for Gaga for daring to show her untoned body the way she did in the final segment of her performance. Gaga's always been unreserved about her body during her shows, and bully to her for having the courage to show herself off like that. She did more for the stop body shaming movement in a couple of minutes live, than disgusting talentless hack Lena Dunham has the last handful of years as she has forced the world to endure her petulant in-your-face vulgarity in the name of openness. Bravo.
And I have to laugh at conservative buffoons like Taylor Millard over at HotAir, who couldn't spit out a post fast enough prior to the game talking about how he was sure Lady Gaga was going to lecture everyone from the stage. Way to over-react dumbass. Who looks stupid now?
Lady Gaga gets to own one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows in recent memory -- good performance, no scandal, universally positively received, and Millard and anyone who took his click bait article to heart will be digging around on YouTube to catch what the rest of us got to see live.
So congrats to the Pats on their fifth Super Bowl. Congrats to Tom Brady who gets revenge on Goodell, wins his fifth Super Bowl + fourth Super Bowl MVP + he gets to go home with a super model and celebrate. Talent, good looks, lots of money . . . it is easy to hate on him, but he earned this win. Once he got it going, he was an effin' machine back there. Hard to argue with the results.