Superbowl LI: Mesmerizing

Even though I was rooting for underdog Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in Superbowl LI,  I have to admit that the comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots was mesmerizing.  

The much less experienced Matt Ryan and the Falcons were winning 28-3 at halftime, a lead that carried them well into the third quarter.  Falcon fans and Brady haters were celebrating everywhere.  Even the Patriots’ cheerleaders looked less than spirited.

It seemed like the Patriots could not get anything right when the extra point was missed on their first touchdown.   However, another touchdown with a two-point conversion brought the Patriots back into the game.  A Falcon fumble and injury in the fourth quarter continued to fuel the train wreck orchestrated by Tom Brady and his offense.

From that point on, it was the Falcons that could not get anything right in Superbowl LI, especially when committing a few undisciplined penalties, one of which left them out of range for a field goal that might have slowed the Patriot’s momentum and run them out of time.  Instead, the penalty resulted in the game-tying Patriots’ touchdown.

In the first-ever Superbowl overtime,  the Patriots won the coin toss giving them first possession of the football.  This meant that a touchdown would win it for them; a field goal would give the Falcons their chance to score. The Patriots needed no further encouragement; they marched down the field and over the goal line, with very little resistance from the stunned Falcons, for a Patriots (and Tom Brady’s)  5th Superbowl win.

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Whatever you think of Tom Brady and however tired you are of him winning, it was an awesome and mesmerizing game to watch, at least the last half was.  If you only tuned in at halftime to watch Lady Gaga, I hope you watched the rest of the game.   Whether or not Tom Brady upstaged Lady Gaga is debatable; she did perform a spectacular show.

Thirty six hour pre-Christmas Family Vacation

It is not often that all five members of my family get a chance to spend quality time together, so when it does happen it means the world to me.  This past weekend we piled into our family van and drove to Toronto, leaving Saturday morning and returning very late Sunday night.

My husband and three sons are avid NFL fans, so for my husband’s birthday in August I purchased five tickets to a football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Atlanta Falcons to be played December 1st in Toronto’s skydome.  The NFL started scheduling games in Toronto a few years ago to increase their fan base in Canada.   From what I saw, it seems to be working; what a crowd!  My family are all Miami Dolphin fans, so were actually cheering against the Bills for the Falcons, as the Dolphins are battling with the Bills for a wildcard spot into the playoffs.  The game was very exciting and although the Bills got off to an early lead, the Falcons fought back and won in overtime, due to a turnover by the Bills which resulted in a Falcons field goal.

Although our eldest son graduated from Queens University in Kingston, and has never lived in Toronto,  he has visited friends there often and so made a great tour guide of the city.  We stayed at the Hilton Hotel on Richmond St West, right downtown, within walking distance of the CN tower, City Hall, the Eaton Center, lots of great restaurants and of course the stadium where the game was played.

Fortunately the weather was not too cold, so we enjoyed the walking tour of Toronto Saturday night.  The Christmas lights throughout the city were quite beautiful and there were lots of people out to enjoy the season’s festivities around City Hall.  Sunday, game day, was rainy but the stadium is covered so we were very comfortable.

Even the traffic was bearable; we parked at the Hilton and walked everywhere, so after the game when everyone was heading to the subway and the parking lots around the stadium, we were able to get to our car and get out of the city with no delay.

We were all exhausted Monday morning for work and school, but the adventure was fun.