BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchshideshow.com writer
As a fan of the New England Patriots, I was heart broken at the conclusion of Sunday’s nailbiting Superbowl.
Fast forward a day later, and just like every NFL fan who is not a New York Giants fan, my mind is on what lies ahead for my team. New England, led by mastermind head coach Bill Belichick and wonder boy Tom Brady, have many holes on this team, as the G-men showed. This loss is sure to sting and last until week one of next season.
But all is not bad in Foxboro, here are a few things Belichick and company have to look toward.
• Free Agency: The Patriots are a team which builds through the draft, but after this season, with all the expiring contracts up, Belichick will have to look to free agency for some upgrades. Wide outs Wes Welker and Deion Branch, running backs Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and pass rushers Shaun Ellis, Rob Ninkovich, Mark Anderson and Andre Carter will all be free agents. Also, they’ll have to replace incumbent centers Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly. Though the Patriots haven’t shelled out good money for a free agent since the signing of defensive linemen/outside linebacker Adailius Thomas, addressing the defensive line, defensive backs and wide receivers needs to be a top priority. The Pats could take a look a wide outs DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Vincent Jackson. I doubt they actually sign any of them, but they need to be talking with their agents.
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In this week’s episode, special guest Andy Paul joins the show to discuss how the Giants will follow up their Super Bowl win and how the Patriots will look to rebound after the big loss. Also in the “Halfcourt Shot,” the gang debates if Kevin Love is a top five NBA player and the impact of Chauncey Billups’ season ending injury. And finally, Couch Side takes its first look at the NFL Draft in a special edition of Quick Snippets. Click Below to listen to Couch Side!
BY JON FRANK, Couchsideshow.com contributor
Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m glad the Super Bowl is over.
Don’t get me wrong, things went about as well as you could ask. A great story line leading up to the Big Game, a well-played, entertaining game, with a great finish.
But now, with the exception of just about every NFL outlet trying to hock ridiculously expensive shit on people for the next week or so, things are going to get back to normal. No more in-depth looks at Tom Brady’s rockstar treatment in Indianapolis, no more monotonous AP stories on whether or not the Pats can get revenge for what Eli Manning and his band of misfits did to them in 2008. And, best of all, no more stories about Bill Belichick being a “nice guy once you get to know him”.
Everything in sports media over the last couple weeks Eli this, Tom Brady that. Now we can get back to talking about the, uh, NBA? MLB offseason? OK. So maybe there’s a reason media outlets don so much attention on this game. It’s the most highly anticipated event in American sports and things really slow down after the NFL’s grand finale. Regardless, I’m ready to move on with my life, which means a steady dose of college hoops for the next two months without having to read the same damn story line over and over again for a week and a half straight.
As for football in general, I’m sure I’ll be dying to have you back in my life come June when the NBA playoffs are over.
Now that the Super Bowl is over and the New York Giants are NFL champions, an entire new image of the team will come across the sports wires and on our television screens.
Overpaid analysts will tell us what this title means to the people of New York and how they knew the Giants had it in them all along. And in turn, we will quickly forget that ESPN’s and FOX Sports’ best wrote the Giants off with about three weeks left, jumping back on the bandwagon of the Dallas Cowboys and even the Philadelphia Eagles. New York had to make believers out of a lot of people and finally showed the mainstream sports media that they’re worth the ink.
The Giants have earned their top spot. Now, the same people who discredited them after a tough loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the middle of the regular season will be eating their own words while putting on a smile and bowing down to the almighty G-Men. New York truly stunned the football world this year and this Vince Lombardi Trophy had a little more emotion behind it. The title loudly throws New York right back on the football map since the team’s last championship in 2007 against — oddly enough — the New England Patriots. It also only proves that this team has always had it, despite what the critics and hot shot analysts think.
Yes, any championship takes a franchise to a whole new level. But for the Giants and their staff and fans, I believe this year’s title run is even sweeter than others in the past.
Here’s a look at just a few things the Giants’ Super Bowl rings will bring:
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In this week’s episode, Craig and Wade give you an inside look into Sunday’s big game. Super Bowl 46 takes over the show as the hosts preview the Giants’ and Patriots’ offenses, defenses and the intangibles. Also, the show uses some famous voices in its bumpers. If you can guess who each person is at each segment break, you can win a prize. Send your guesses through our mailbag or straight to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click below to listen to the Couch Side Show podact.
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