Great Moments in Super Bowl History

by christophergiblin

By Chris Giblin

Sunday’s Super Bowl was thoroughly similar to the one that played out four years ago in more ways than I ever could have imagined. It was a rematch with the same QBs going up against one another, with the same team winning under incredibly similar circumstances (game-winning TD drive at the end of the 4th quarter) and it was still a big upset. Maybe not as big, but the Giants were still pretty clearly the underdogs here. But you probably know all that by now.

Regardless, my favorite part of this Super Bowl didn’t happen on the field, nor did it happen during halftime or during the commercials. It was at some point during a cutaway from the action when NBC showed Tom Brady in three shockingly ridiculous poses in a brief slideshow the network had obviously photographed and then thrown together. Each slide tells us information for the sophisticated sports fan – telling us his name, number, position as QB, age, hometown and the fact that he has won two Super Bowl MVPs.

The poses are hilarious. Brady looks like a shitty 8-year-old Little Leaguer taking a photo-op for Grandma, and unlike the rest of his team, he’s actually enjoying having his picture taken, way too much.  (Thanks to Deadspin for throwing these up online)

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If I were a massive NFL linebacker facing the Pats next season (and that’s a big if), I’d just have a look at this photo above and feel motivated to give Brady season-ending injury, part 2. Why did he let NBC make him do this? Or was he enthused to cooperate? It seems like the latter. The other ridiculous picture, below, resembles the “success kid” meme, as pointed out by my friend Stewart Way as it happened on TV. Here’s both of those pictures (there’s a third Brady picture in this group – definitely funny but not quite as ridiculous):

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That’s my Great Moment in Super Bowl History for 2012, although I have to say it would have been even funnier to see Eli Manning featured in this kind of photo shoot. Honorable mention goes to Ahmad Bradshaw for what was clearly the least exciting, borderline depressing Super Bowl-winning touchdown run of all time.