The 'brother against brother' comment refers to the fact that the head coach of the two teams: The 49ers & the Baltimore Ravens, are actually, brothers. The Harbaugh brothers. John coaches the 49ers, Jim the Ravens.
I was personally looking forward to the game, but then I got a call from a friend who will be flying back home that evening from the Ann Wigmore institute in Puerto Rico. His plane lands at 7:20, and he needs a ride home. I promised him a month ago that I'd give him a ride - just give me a call.
So it turns out that time is right in the middle of the game. It couldn't be timed any worse than for me to miss the vast majority - probably all of the game.
Oh well. This is a good friend, and good friends are worth it.
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I remember that 2007 Superbowl. I was only 2 years in Boston, so I still wasn't a Pats fan. Like the rest of the country, I thought they were arrogant, and the final loss, after a perfect 16-0 season, and a perfect playoff performance was their comeuppance.
Brady got injured in the first game of the next season, and he was out the whole year. What impressed me, and turned me into a fan, was how he came back. He didn't shrink or hide or make excuses. He was a warrior, and that is how he earned my respect and support.
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I watched the end of the clip, and was reminded why I think football is so popular: It is a metaphor for life. You think everything is going fine - just swimmingly, and then BOOM! It is all over. Or conversely, things look hopeless. You're overpowered and defeated. And then the clouds part...
BTW, here is an interesting tidbit about the 49ers: They have never lost a Superbowl. They go, they win:
1981 (XVI), 1984 (XIX), 1988 (XXIII), 1989 (XXIV), 1994 (XXIX)
They've also got a great new young quarterback. It will be a good game to watch.
I know that sports are the opiate of the masses, and I also admit that every once in a while, it is fun to take a hit.
To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
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