Ecstasy and agony played out on the big stage

A portrait of both the winning and losing locker-rooms in the aftermath of a thrilling Super Bowl XLVI.

February 7, 2012 04:40
New York Giants fans celebrate Super Bowl win

New York Giants fans celebrate Super Bowl win_390. (photo credit: Reuters)


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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.

The Patriots 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.

By the 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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