There are not many things Bostonians love more than their beloved sports teams, and so as the New England Patriots went up for their fourth Super Bowl title this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, hundreds of thousands sat glued to their television sets with buffalo wings, coke, and championship football.
On the Patriot’s goal line with 26 seconds remaining, the game’s outcome came down to a nail-biting play, when Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass from Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson.
One thing is for certain, though. Standing in the cold at the championship parade yesterday, with record snowfall everywhere, fans clamored with joy as their New England Patriots showed off the Vince Lombardi trophy. The most diehard fans even climbed tall mounds of snow to get a better view of their heroes.
However you account for the Patriot’s victory, fans everywhere are talking about Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll’s decision to throw on the 1-yard line on the team’s second down.
“I said, ‘Throw the ball,’ and we went with the play that we thought would give us a chance to get in the end zone. We had great matchups for the call that we made, and it didn’t work out. They made a better play than we did,” Caroll was quoted as saying in a recent ESPN article.
Still, Caroll’s call is hotly debated. A recent New York Times article offers rationale behind Carroll’s final call, saying it was “actually the result of following the best possible strategy, and that this is a strategy that involves an element of randomness in play-calling. ”
Here’s to hoping for a fifth title next year.
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