By Kimboak Benham (Dajuan Candle)
Monday, February, 6 2016. Superbowl Review, Armchair, GA.
On this day, one day after the Superbowl and my home team’s most improbable loss, words describing what I’m feeling are hard to come by. But still, I feel, I must write something to diminish the grief I feel for those of us who root for the Atlanta Falcons.
As witnessed by 10’s of millions of Americans, and many more around the world watching the TV broadcast, the Falcons pretty much had the game in hand at half-time. With a 21 to 3 lead going into the second-half, and after another TD and extra point to extend the lead in the third quarter to 28 to 3 , we were for sure the Atlanta Falcons had affirmed which team was superior this Superbowl Sunday and would no doubt be crowned NFL champions by next quarter's end. But, t he next quarter's end didn’t even end it! Fate, the football Gods, and Tom Brady had other ideas.
After coming back from a 25 point deficit, while possessing the ball for most of the fourth quarter, The New England Patriots, tied the score with little time left in regulation. Regulation play ended with the score tied 28 to 28.
Then came overtime, and with it came the grief. We have got to win the OT coin toss! Yeah, with fingers crossed, --I mumbled. The Patriots won the toss, received the kick-off (Downed it in the End Zone) and methodically marched down field to score the only overtime points needed, a single touchdown, to win the game. It was the biggest comeback victory in the history of the game. It was the first overtime Superbowl ever played. It was the greatest pain this Atlanta sport's team rooter had ever felt.
Well, these hard to find words have been written, and so has Superbowl history. Why did we have to be on the losing end of what some are calling the greatest Superbowl ever? I still need time to overcome my grief, my disbelief, my astonishment. Perhaps by next season's start I will have accepted the loss and the fact that Tom Brady has taken over the title, from Joe Montana, as being the greatest NFL QB of all time. --Damn, that truth was hard to write--.
Unlike a facebook friend of mine believes, I don’t think the illuminati had anything to do with it. Damn. Just damn. Our team must be cursed.