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Packer Partisan (02/06/2008)
By Dave DeLano

The Giants are World Champions

Whether politics or sports, almost everybody likes to see a long-shot underdog defeat the odds-on favorite. That happened when Super bowl XLII played out Sunday as the world witnessed the New York Giants' fourth quarter come-from-behind rally to defeat the cheats from Massachusetts to ruin their almost perfect season. YES!!

Cheeseheads have to take some gratification in the Giants' win even though the Pack didn't make it to the big dance. When the team that beat your guys then goes on to win the Super Bowl". well, hey, you know, the Packers could have done that too! But this year the Giants deserve the kudos. They went on the road to upset the Cowboys in Dallas, did it again to the Packers in Green Bay, and then went on to become champions of the professional football world. Bravo for them!

The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls (although they weren't technically called that until later) way back when. They won another in 1996 and lost a fourth encounter the following year. Your humble scribe was fortunate to witness all 42 Super Bowls and although the three Packer wins were incredibly gratifying, the Giants come-from-behind victory in XLII was the best Super Bowl game I can remember. Those in attendance at the festive Super Bowl party I attended seemed to be in consensus.

So how did the Giants manage to defeat a previously undefeated team that some called the best professional football team ever with the great Randy Moss and company? Relentless pass rush, good special teams and clutch quarterback play seemed to be the Giants formula. Putting pressure on a quarterback makes poor quarterbacks look awful, mediocre ones bad, and even very good ones fold. The lesson here is that a good pass rush in the NFL is a very good thing to have and the Giants made the most of theirs.

Things have been pretty quite in Titletown the last couple weeks, which is understandable. As we progress towards spring and the collegiate draft, Cheeseheads can look forward to talk of possible free agency signings and the new talent soon to wear the green and gold. Cheeseheads who have computer access might like to Google on "NFL draft 2008" and get versed on the collegiate talent. Another option for bored Cheeseheads is to check out http://www.profootballtalk.com/ which is a primo source for NFL info.

As for the Packer Partisan, I have lots of flies that need tying to prepare me for the 2008 fly fishing season. The trout and small mouth bass must be trembling! Some intriguing new caddis emerger patterns and a couple new mayfly nymph patterns are calling, so here I go. That ought to keep me occupied until the collegiate football draft. Spring is only a couple months away. Next year the Packers win the Super Bowl!



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