Superbowl Heroes

The Superbowl is on this weekend. For someone hoping a hero will win, it’s an interesting proposition. We have a team that was caught cheating at the start of the season and a team with a quarterback who showed no character when he was drafted.

The New England Patriots were caught cheating by recording play calls, at certain downs and times of the game at the beginning of the season. The cheating was announced by the New York Jets’ coach who has a history of disliking the Patriots’ coach. According to the expert coaches on Fox’s pregame show, it is a common “cheat” in professional and college football. It has never been brought out in the open before.

The New York Giants have a quarterback named Eli Manning. The year he was in the draft he refused to be picked by San Diego. He said he would sit out if he couldn’t play with a team in a big market. He was booed soundly on draft day when San Diego picked him anyway. He frowned through the whole thing.

The Patriots case is an interesting one. It is unknown how many members of the team knew what was happening. Should we begrudge them the win?

Manning has shown himself on draft day to be purely self-interested.

That is, of course, ignoring everyone else involved in the two teams.

So, which team is more deserving of winning based on heroic personality? What do you think?

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3 Responses to Superbowl Heroes

  1. Whitney Johnson February 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

    Matt –

    I’ve tagged you! I have no idea how you are going to work six quirky things into the Hero Workshop, but I look forward to reading how you do.

    My best,
    Whitney
    http://www.daretodream.typepad.com

  2. Adam Resh February 4, 2008 at 1:34 am #

    The Super Bowl is over and the Giants won, but I am bored and interested in this topic so I will comment. On the Patriots “cheating” the coach of the New York Jets, Eric Mangini, was like Belichick’s Luke Skywalker since as far back as maybe college years. Later becoming his assistant in New England. Then he left to go to a division rival New York Jets’ so it is natural for them to be competitive towards each other and the hatred didn’t really come until Mangini “betrayed” Belichik by blowing the whistle on the videos, which was also something the Jets and Mangini got caught doing the year before but not as big of deal made of it, and also something Mangini took part in during his career at New England. Eli Manning, I don’t like him so much for the sole reason of his draft day antics. Now I picked the Patriots for two reasons at first, the first reason is I don’t like the Giants because of Eli Manning and Jeremy Shockey. The other reason is an undefeated season so far only comes once every 35 years so it would have been cool to see this one. A new reason is I wanted Junior Seau to win a ring before his career ended, which may not happen unless he sticks around another season when he will be then 39. Junior Seau is somewhat of a football hero to me being in the league for I believe 18 years in a game and position where you don’t usually last more than 12 or 13 let alone still be one of the best in the game. He was once asked why he is still in it and he simply replied “I love football.” I think he is a good spokesman for the whole put your mind to it and you can do anything philosophy no matter the age. Also Tom Brady is a classy guy even though he has all the reason some athletes would use to be an arrogant jerk. That is why I wanted to Patriots to win and not the Giants, for history, for a classy athlete, well two classy athletes that both would never quit no matter what.

  3. Ron Cook March 2, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    The average doofus doesn’t care who drafts him. Eli Manning wisely listened to his father Archie who had the unfortunate experience of being drafted and playing for the Saints. I believe Eli made the right decision.