My Thoughts On Super Bowl XLII
by Allen Eastman - 01/29/2008
The toughest part is over for the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, who won their respective conference championships just two Sundays ago. In my opinion, the AFC and NFC title games are the toughest games to win all season, because those are the games that get you into to the Super Bowl and teams are playing their best.
There are two definitive storylines brewing for this year's game. First, can the Patriots become the first team in NFL history to go 19-0 or can the Giants increase their NFL record of 10 straight road wins to 11 against New England? On top of this main theme, what are the chances that a father, Archie Manning, could possibly have both of his sons, Peyton last year and Eli this year, win back-to-back Super Bowl titles? There is definitely an added mystique to this year's Super Bowl with these storylines which will make this game even more interesting. As a result, there is even more intrigue and action on the game than ever before, if you can believe that! The Patriots are 12-point favorites, which is exactly what the Giants like, as they have been underdogs all season. No one would have thought this team would have made it to this year's big game with their head coach, Tom Coughlin, almost shown the door after last season. And quarterback Eli Manning has been dealing with bad press since he arrived in New York four years ago. But the Giants are there and 30 other teams are at home, including the Chargers, the team that passed over Eli Manning.
This game doesn't promise to be a Super Bowl classic, but it truly could be one of the better pairings in quite awhile. Good luck to both teams as the Giants look for the upset of the century while the Patriots look to make NFL history.
Allen Eastman, "The Michigan Money Man"