Did you miss the Big Game? Or just need to catch up on what everyone is saying about this morning? He's a recap of what happened... and what happened after the New York Giants pulled of their big 21-17 victory.
The Game: Two themes run through most of the post-game essays: Eli Manning as Best Quarterback in Football and the Patriots' missed opportunities. Despite a well-played game on both sides, the game boiled down to one great catch and one missed chance. Tom Brady failed to connect with a wide-open Wes Welker on a fourth quarter pass that might have sealed the when they were still ahead. Then Manning hit WR Mario Manningham with a tip-toe reception along the side line (the longest play of the game) that set up the game winning touchdown moments later. Welker blamed himself saying, "It’s a play I never drop. I don’t drop. I always make.…. It’s one that I’ll have to live with," but as Brady said afterward, "It always comes down to one or two plays in this game. If you make it, you’re celebrating. If you don’t, you don’t sleep for a week.” The image of the night (that wasn't actually caught on TV) may be Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, chasing after her dejected husband to give him a conciliatory hug.
Madonna: Opinion seems to be split pretty evenly on the halftime performance, with many finding Madonna's dance-heavy light show to be classic Material Girl, and the rest finding it an embarrassing rehash of the '90s nostalgia. There's was some minor controversy after co-star M.I.A. gave a finger to the camera (and maybe swore?) but it was so subtle that not a single person at the viewing party we were at even noticed. Neither did NBC apparently, until it was too late, as the 10-second delay imposed on most events wasn't enough.