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(photo credit: Reuters)
INDIANAPOLIS – The narrow margin between career-defining victory and
crushed-to-the-core defeat often comes down to no more than a couple of inches,
an extra man on the field, a stick of butter slathered liberally onto a usually
sure-handed receiver’s fingers.
While the difference between winning or
losing may be razor-thin, it’s the diametrically opposite reactions to these two
outcomes that provide the most stark assessment, and capture the true essence,
of the moment.
Describing the respective scenes in the New England
Patriots’ and New York Giants’ locker-rooms following Sunday night’s 21-17 Big
Blue triumph is a bit like comparing a wedding and a wake.
were off the field and into the showers within a lip-synced Madonna special of
Tom Brady’s last-ditch hail-mary falling harmlessly onto the turf. The Giants,
meanwhile, came jubilantly streaming onto the field, where they would remain for
close to 45 minutes to joyously receive the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
time I got through the throng of euphoric fans – I would estimate Giants’
groupies out-numbered Pats’ by a good 75-25 ratio – to the bustling sub-world
deep in the bowels of Lukas Oil Stadium, New England coach Bill Belichick was
just taking the podium for questions.
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