The Chargers ousted the Colts, but the Manning dynasty will be represented on the highest level of football (the helmeted kind) this season nonetheless.
Eli Manning guided the New York Giants to victory on the frigid Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, and thus the team returns to the superbowl after a decade-long absence.
The Patriots are obviously the favorite team, but it’s the Giants that came closest to defeating the New England team during the regular season. And Tom Brady’s uncharacteristic three interceptions against the quick San Diego defense showed that the Patriots’ passing game is vulnerable.
I’m definitely rooting for the underdog – never liked the Patriots too much, and ran Eli as the lead QB in Hakkapeliitat a couple of seasons ago (one of those teams that never made it to the bowl in the fantasy league).
Haven’t yet discovered whether the finnish channels televise the game, but Viasat will, that’s for sure. If it’s available from multiple sources, care must be taken to choose inbetween – it’s by no means certain that the domestic show is inferior. The american commentators can be very annoying indeed, and the selection of off-action jingles provided by Viasat is extremely limited, and the same clips get run over and over again over the course of a single game.
This season’s bowl will be played in Arizona. This probably eliminates the possibility of rain, which made last year’s game chaotic fumblefest. Unsurprisingly, neither of the last year’s quarterbacks ranks very high on ESPN’s list of the eighty-two playmakers fielded previously.