February 5, 2012

BECAUSE PARITY MEANS MEDIOCRITY, AT BEST, THESE TWO TEAMS AT WORST:

An Unusual Super Bowl (Joe Posnanski, 2/03/12, Sports Illustrated)

I will say that I'm surprised that so many people (here, anyway) are picking the Giants -- if only for this reason. No team like the 2011 Giants has ever won a Super Bowl.

Look:

• The Giants are trying to become the first team to be outscored during the season and win the Super Bowl.

• The Giants are trying to become the first 9-7 team to win the Super Bowl. The only teams with nine or fewer victories to win the Super Bowl are the 1967 Packers (9-4-1), who played only 14 games, and the 1982 Redskins (8-1), who played only nine games because of the strike.

• The Giants are trying to become the first team to give up 400 points (25 points a game) and win the Super Bowl.

• The Giants are trying to become the first team to lose four games in a row and win the Super Bowl.*

*Heck, 28 of the 45 Super Bowl winners didn't lose four games all season.

Point is: The Giants were very ordinary, until the end of the season, when they were suddenly terrific. There's no real precedent for any team like these Giants winning a Super Bowl. [...]

[I]f the Giants win on Sunday, they will become -- by the numbers, anyway -- the worst team to ever win the Super Bowl.
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