If you’re lucky, you get to witness one great championship every 15 years or so, one that you’ll be talking about for the rest of your life.
In less than a year, Houston has witnessed two: Villanova’s magnificent win over UNC on a last-second jumper by Chris Jenkins, and now last night’s stunning comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (just imagine Howard Cosell saying that).
That was an incredible comeback. In years to come, it will be talked about with the greatest championship events of all time - the greatest sporting events of all time.
Ali-Frazier. No Mas. The Laettner game. Kirk Gibson. Secretariat in the Belmont. Havlicek stole the ball.
That’s where this game will live. It’s the greatest Super Bowl ever obviously. That pass?
It’ll be paired with the Immaculate Reception.
That comeback, that ability to grab the game by the throat and yank control back when it seemed impossible - you almost have to turn to boxing to see something like that.
Think about Sugar Ray Leonard or Ali turning a fight, putting together a flurry that utterly stunned their opponents late.
That’s where Tom Brady and the Patriots were.
Older people will talk in awe about Ali, Leonard, Jordan and Secretariat and watching them do things that were staggering, that seemed impossible.
That’s where the Patriots went - and Brady is 39.
What the Patriots did in Houston beggars belief: this team had been pushed around earlier in the game and Atlanta seemed assured of victory.
The Falcons were up 19 in the fourth.
This is one for our age, one we’ll tell our kids about like our elders talked about Ali and Secretariat.
Of course for some it’s no big deal. Villanova’s Josh Hart tweeted this out and he had every right to do it: “Second best game at NRG stadium this year....”
Well maybe. Houston is blessed. MLB should see if they can find some way to play the World Series there. Maybe NRG has some magic left.
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