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Brady Loses, Steelers Fans Rejoice, Eli Rocks


OK, that’s a loaded title, but it says pretty much everything I want to say here. I’ve been hearing all these talking heads and morons on Twitter talk about how Brady and Manning were “pretty much even” in the way they played last Sunday. There are even some who say that Brady played better because he has fewer weapons (right, because Hernadez, Gronk, Brach, and Welker are nobodies…) than does Eli. Well as you’re probably already aware, I disagree whole-heartedly with those people. You could make the argument that I am extremely bias because of my fan hood for the boys in black and gold, but I’m determined to show you that my disdain for Brady is not the only reason I think Eli was a better QB on Sunday.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Eli has now beat Tom Brady and the Patriots, widely accepted to be the best team in the NFL, two different times on the biggest stage there is in professional sports. That’s right. If Brady and the Pats are supposed to be the best, then why does Eli always own them? Is it because Eli has a better team? A better coach? Not sure you could make those arguments. You could, however, argue that the Patriots lost because of the mistakes that Brady made, and the nearly perfect game that Eli played.

On the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage, Brady threw a ball away and was called for intentional grounding. He was standing in the end zone. This was a major rookie mistake made by the guy who is supposed to be the best QB in that game. That mistake lead to two pts on the safety,  and eventually another seven pts the very next possession. Meanwhile Eli was calm and cool, going a cool 7-7 with a TD.

Were there moments when Brady played like the legend he might be? Absolutely. But there was once a time when Brady wouldn’t have thrown that deep ball on 1st and 10 that ended up getting picked off. He would have been more patient. Dinking and dunking his way down the field like he always does. That wasn’t the Tom Brady I saw on Sunday. I saw a Brady who was cracking under the pressure of being in the big game against his rival, dealing with personal life issues and all that stuff. I saw a guy who overthrew Welker on that last drive where he would usually put that ball on the money. Maybe Welker could have caught the ball, but it was overthrown, no doubt about it.

So in what universe are you living in that you think Brady and Eli were “pretty much equal?” Give me a break. They weren’t even close to equal. Eli is like an assassin. Totally calm and cool, never letting a situation get so out of hand that he can’t reign it in. He’s the stone cold leader of that Giants team and everyone on that team believed it. Equal? Not in the game that I watched. The patriots lost in big part to the way Brady played. The Giants won because of Eli. Plain and simple.

I  was pumped watching the end of that game. I was actually in flight from New Orleans (I was on tour playing down there), and popped for the in-flight Internet so I could stream the game and watch the play by play on NFL.com. Thankfully I landed with a little time left in the 3rd and could watch Eli make history for himself and his team. It was so satisfying to watch Brady get outplayed, I imagine all of the Steelers fans in the world were elated, if only for a moment, at the thought of Brady having to hang his head for the way he played.

There are a few things worth pointing out here in relation to the Patriots. They haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spy-gate (when Belicheat was caught filming sideline signals of other teams). Karma is a bitch, isn’t it? You see, it wouldn’t be that big a deal if it were some other team. “Hey, the Vikings haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught on that yacht with all those strippers!” Yeah, Ok, they don’t win Super Bowls anyway. The Patriots though, they’re God’s gift to football. They’re favored to win the next season before the previous season even ends. They’re supposed to win. But they haven’t since they got caught cheating, and that is karma at it’s finest.

I won’t every forget that game in 2004 we lost to the Patriots and then we all later found out they’d been cheating to learn play calls by opposing teams. Joey Porter said “it felt like they knew everything we were going to do before we did it.” Well Joey, they did. We were robbed of what should have been Ben’s first Super Bowl because that Jagoff Belicheat thought his desire to win was greater than the dignity of winning with honor and integrity. Well, 2008 and last Sunday were the perfect punishment for their actions. So close you can taste it. So close, but no cigar. No celebration (except Gronk dancing around like an idiot with LMFAO –> not a real band, BTW), no ring, no trophy. Just shame.

Soak it up, boys. You sure as hell deserve it.

Follow me on Twitter at @AdamMeckler, I tweet a lot.

  • ToddWilliams

    Good post, Adam. I loved seeing the cheaters lose, too. Serves them right. This wasn’t quite as sweet as seeing their perfect season go down the toilet to Eli in their first meeting, but it was still pretty sweet. This proves the first wasn’t a fluke, in case Patriot fans thought it was.

    I thought the Giants defense stepped up big in the 4th quarter, with the pass defense tightening up and the D-line getting more pressure on Brady. Eli was on fire, though…with great catches from Nicks, a few from Cruz…and of course the big one with Manningham. Can’t forget the interception by Blackburn, either! What a play.

  • GinoCapato

    Excellent post Adam. Intelligent fans around the entire World know the truth behind the New England Patriots entire organization. They not only cheated Joey Porter and the Steelers in 2004, but the entire NFL fopr years! Truth be told they are an embarrasment to many New Englanders myself included.. The Pats will always be linked to Spygate right through 2007. The only team in NFL history with three tainted SB Championships.

    Congratulations to the Giants for a victory that was EARNED.
    Yes, Tom Brady is at fault for this loss. He should be a man and take FULL responsibility.

  • AdamMeckler

    @GinoCapato Thanks for reading, I’m right with you!

  • AdamMeckler

    @ToddWilliams Yeah, Giants D stepped up, in my opinion particularly the defensive line as it pertains to the pass rush. Interesting to note that those were two of the worst defenses facing off though, which further proves my point the the game was won and lost on the arms of the QBs.

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  • Jplan0722

    Hey moron you guys are such hipacrits! How bout your 70′s so called dynasty! They were on steroids! So we are cheaters and the steelers are not? Hmmmm you guys are the biggest cheaters in the leage without all those steroid users on your team your nothing! Bunch of sore losers

  • Jplan0722

    Maybe they should take all the steelers tainted championships away too! All 4 of them! Such hipacrits

  • Jplan0722

    The steroid steelers and the rapist as there QB lol

  • AdamMeckler

    @Jplan0722 Why did you say the same thing three different times? One comment is enough for us to tell what you’re about. It’s these comments that make me so proud to be a Steelers fan. What a troll. Grammar/spelling award goes to you, my friend.

    Ps. Everyone juiced in the 70s.

  • Jplan0722

    @AdamMeckler

  • Jplan0722

    Im a troll? Nice comeback that was really pathetic! P.s so it’s ok to cheat when everybody else is doing it? So when a bunch of other teams were taping signals of other teams which is a fact look it up! Then that’s ok too! You morons can’t have it both ways!

  • GinoCapato

    Adam, let me speak on behalf of Steelers Nation. These Patriots fans here in New England don’t respect any other team but the Patriots. The fact remains spygate will always be mentioned with the three Super Bowl victories. Since Spygate the Patriots have been total failures since the expectation here in New England is Super Bowl or bust. We can put to rest all the talk about the best team ever now. One hit to Tom Brady’s shoulder by Justin Tuck and he was rattled. His 16 passes in a row went south of the boarder. We intelligent NFL fans call this the new ‘Tuck rule”. Anyone who post with personal insults to another post is obviously in denial of the truth. No one every said Terry Bradshaw was the best ever, but Tom Brady is a system QB (a very good one, but no the best ever). Steelers fan admit to SOME players being on steriods. Patriots fans deny Spygate! You gain much much more of an advantage knowing your opponents plays them you do being juiced. Hmmm..,.Lyle Alzado, did he play for the Steelers? Did Rodeny Harrison play for the Steelers? No, but they were on it too. As far as Ben Roethlisberger, he made his mistakes; and I hope he learned from them. Now, excuse me since I have to go take a #2 in my very own Tom Brady toilet bowl. Open wide Brady-rella. LOL

  • AdamMeckler

    @Jplan0722 I’m not going to sit here and argue with you over what was cheating and what wasn’t. I didn’t say the Pats’ Super Bowls should be taken away, I simply stated a fact: you havent won one since you were caught cheating. Plain and simple. Other teams filmed, but not all, and you were the most noticeable and high profile. You’re the goat, there, just like Pittsburgh has been the “illegal hit” goat the past few years. Deal with it.

  • Jplan0722

    And I didn’t say the same thing three times just making my point on seeing how dumb you steeler fans sound when your team was cheating! At the end of the day you still have your 6 rings and the pats have 3! This spygate crap is getting old! Get over it

  • GinoCapato

    @Jplan0722 What comes around goes around. Since the 70′s the Steelers have won two Super Bowls and appeared in two others SB XXX and SB XLV. Since Spygate the Patriots have had chokes and heart breaking losses. I think the football Gods agree with Steelers fans.

  • GinoCapato

    Oh, BTY, Rob Gronkowski was moving pretty darn well on that high ankle sprain when he danced th night away after he CHOKED in Super Bowl XLVI.Rob wasn’t himself, but he can sure dance well. Please…

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato dude you lost to tim tebow! The worst QB I’ve ever seen! Enough said

  • GinoCapato

    @Jplan0722 With half the team hurting and a bad defensive play call at the end. Yes, they lost. It wasn’t meant to be. You can’t win them all.

  • GinoCapato

    @Jplan0722 Boy, that Tom Brady sure is a superstar without a good defense. He should send Adam Vinieteiri three big thank you cards.You see he has never thrown for a game winning TD pass in the Super Bowl. He had his chance against the Giants and he does what he does best. He “blew” it.

  • GinoCapato

    @Jplan0722 The Spygate Patriots fined and penalized the most money in the hisory of the NFL, but you know all teams do it.

  • GinoCapato

    Bottom line here is it’s O.K. to hate the Steelers for their success in the 70′s, 90′s and in the new millenium. But, most NFL fans dislike the Patriots for their arrogance and pure ignorance of the rules. Running up the score on teams like the Redskins 56-10…Why? Stats are for losers and Trophies are for winners and thanks to trolls like Jolan, crying is for winers. Hey “dude” 6 > 3.
    Even Bandwagon Pats fans can understand that. Heck, NY Giants 4 > 3. That’s gotta hurt!

  • GinoCapato

    @Jplan0722 The worst QB I’ve ever seen was the 2-14 Steve Grogan or the 6-10 Tony Eason. No! These aren’t new model Caddys their your New England Patriots. Rejoice! LMAO

  • GinoCapato

    Congratulations to Eli Manning and that Giants defense. Knwoing that Tom brady spent over 18 minutes in front of his locker wondering what went wrong is priceless!

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato Omg you can count wow congrats 6 to 3 like we give a shit what you people think that’s 3 sb in 10 years! You only have two since then! Who gives a shit what happened 40 years ago! Were you around back then? You guys are the ones crying! It’s too bad the steelers couldn’t go to the superbowl bc we lost to the pathetic tim tebow! Haha everybody hates the steelers bc you have the dirtiest players in the league!

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato I didn’t know my name was jolan lol dumbass

  • ZimmersHole

    @Jplan0722 Cry me a river you arsehole. STFU and go give Brady a hugh, he really needs one now.

  • Jplan0722

    I would love to debate this with u Gino but I gotta go! Stop hating bc your jealous of the pats 3 sb in 4 years would make me jealous top

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato Yeah let’s blame the injuries typical steelers fan!
    My grandmother can throw better then him and your steelers lost to them lmao haha

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato Yeah that’s why he will be a first ballot hallerfamer and rothasraper will never be hahahaha

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato And yes he has about two late game winning drives in the sb just because it was a field goal it still counts! Think you can do better than that man

  • Jplan0722

    @ZimmersHole Another nice comeback from another dumb steelers fan! Stop crying about the pats! We all know that we beat your ass in the playoffs every year but get over it

  • Jplan0722

    @GinoCapato Oh and another thing did I mention that rob gronkowski was injured during the game but do here me making any injury excuses I think not! It’s a part of the game

  • GinoCapato

    @Jplan0722 Steelers an unpresidented 4 SBs in six years. Guess the Pats won’t be doing that anytime soon. Plkus two more in the new millenium. Yes, I’m so jealous…WOW have you seen all the NY Giants SB XLVI hats around New England as of late? It’s happening again…Whoooo!

  • Jplan0722

    @AdamMeckler Your point is really lame! If Wes welker catches that wide open catch then we win! Also I’m sure Brady will send you something nice when he gets elected as a first ballot hallerfamer while your QB will be busy raping other woman hahaha@ToddWilliams