The New York Giants are having a nice little Monday (after beating the New England Patriots 23-17 in the Super Bowl last night, capturing the franchise’s fourth Lombardi trophy). Two Giants deserve to be especially pleased – head coach Tom Coughlin and #3 receiver Mario Manningham. Coughlin became the NFL’s oldest coach (at 65) to win a Super Bowl (his second championship win in four years) and hushed the naysayers who had called for his head after a 7-7 start, a midseason four-game slump, and a Week 15 loss to (haggard) Washington. No matter of record or criticism, Coughlin stayed behind his guys, and they stayed with him to the (fruitful) end. One of those guys was Manningham, who was mostly outshined this season by fellow receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Cruz was double-covered into oblivion last night, making Nicks and Manningham QB Eli Manning’s prime targets. Nicks hauled in 10 catches for 109 yards and was the go-to man for most of the night, but in a moment reminiscent of David Tyree’s ball-against-head catch in 2008 that allowed the Giants’ game-winning drive to continue, Manningham pulled in a fourth quarter 38-yard pass (with the Giants trailing 17-15), his toes inches from the sideline. The Giants were again able to keep driving, score late (albeit almost not late enough), and hold on defensively for the win.
Gisele Bundchen, wife of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, publicly shared her postgame analysis after being prompted by a Giants fan who shouted “Eli owns your husband!” – “You (have) to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball. My husband cannot fucking throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.” She’s got a point.
In a moment I somehow completely missed (bathroom break?), singer MIA gave the world the middle finger during her part of Madonna’s halftime show. She reportedly also sang “I don’t give a fuck” during said finger-flipping. Whoops. The NFL is hastily apologizing for another halftime show debacle, and this time NBC gets to deal with the FCC — CBS was the network that had the unfortunate pleasure of broadcasting Janet Jackson’s 2004 boob revelation at the hands of Justin Timberlake.