I recall watching the New England Patriots win their first Superbowl in 2002. We were at this club on an icy cold February night in Marlborough, MA.
Plenty of drama that season: Bledsoe's early season accident, the second-string Brady replacing him, the infamous Snow Bowl (tuck/no tuck rule), Bledsoe stepping for Brady in the AFC game against the Steelers, Bledsoe or Brady for the Superbowl controversy, besides the thrilling championship game in the end.
The Rams were considered a shoe-in to win. Instead, at the end we witnessed an amazing field goal by Vinatieri, after that final drive by Brady. The Pats and coach Belichick had the title - the first of several.
From what seemed like a no-hoper season at the start - star QB badly injured with a team of unknowns - to a Superbowl win.
- The Pats ran in as a team - there were no individual introductions.
- The half-time show by U2 was awesome - people actually watched it, instead of stepping away from the screen.
- 'Snow angels' by the Patriots on the Superdome's floor
For Sunday - it'll be great to see a 19-0 season. Funny how so many people can't stand the Pats now, so different than when they were the underdog team (even after two titles!).
Ah, the price of success.