You drive around the Lansing area Sunday night-- hardly any traffic-- and no, Michigan State was not playing in the Final Four at the same time. The Super Bowl is almost a religious holiday for Americans anymore. Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis was a big deal as the game is every year and this had two glittering teams who put on a good show with a close game.
New England's Wes Welker dropped a pass in the next to final drive for the Patriots and right there I thought the Giants might win the game. Eli Manning drove his team 88 yards in 9 plays despite butchering a couple of time outs earlier in the half. They didn't need them. Tom Brady's Hail Mary came close but it wasn't caught and so Eli Manning has now quarterbacked two Super Bowl champions, one more than his more famous brother Peyton.
The Giants at one time were 7-7 during the season, finishing 9-7 before winning four playoff games. And the win means two former Michigan Staters, Devin Thomas and Greg Jones, get Super Bowl rings as members of the winning team. Jones in his rookie season no less.