An amazing, fraught, barn-burner of a football game. So far this year the playoffs--especially this most recent round--have been inspiring to watch. Amazing, elevated play that makes me think of the Don Cheadle "Playoffs" commericials several years ago.
Ultimately, the Bears beat the Seahawks in overtime, 27-24, thanks to a 49-yard kick (matching his career high) by Robbie Gould to win it. As he lined up to make the kick, my mother (originally from the midwest) gauged the distance as shown by the on-field camera, and said, "Geez, it's like he's got to kick it to Des Moines or something."
I called Brian as the game went into overtime, meaning to be supportive, but got no answer. I guess he was either busy or didn't want to chance the idea that I was calling to taunt. At any rate, I tried him again shortly after Gould's kick and the first time, all I got on the other end was screaming.
What a game. Both in terms of today's contest, and in terms of "The Game" in general. What a redemptive, life-affirming, joyous thing.
P.S. Time now for the Main Event--Pats Chargers. The pundits have near-universally picked the Chargers (aside from Boomer Esiason on CBS--we can always count on him to be a Pats homer). Worth a read if you haven't already: great article in the Globe today by Jackie MacMullan on Tom Brady.
P.P.S. A note on today's All-Alphabet team roster: Ayanbadejo, Brendon; Ogunleye, Adewale; Koutouvides, Niko; Obomanu, Ben; Plackemeier, Ryan; Tatupu, Lofa. I bet Joe Buck had to do some extra warm-up exercises before calling this game today.
P.P.P.S. I wish I could link to / post the State Street SPDRs commercial featuring the wild baseball pitcher and the chicken mascot, but YouTube is a shadow of its former self...