First things first. You're wondering why BFTB didn't have a Super Bowl open thread yesterday, aren't you? Well, we had one, I wrote one, and the system decided it wasn't good enough to go on the front page. Therefore, unless you could find my tweet in the middle of the pregame Super Bowl tweetathon, you missed it. Don't blame me, I'm a patsy here. Anyway, next time I'll make sure I assign someone to check and make sure it's on the front page. Because I was 3 beers deep by time it went up, so I wasn't checking.
Second, the New York Giants are now officially the team that Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots can not beat. Until they do, which will be awesome.
Third, Eli Manning now has two Super Bowl rings. This ties him with Ben Roethlisberger, who was also drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The comparisons between these two guys and Philip Rivers will never go away, and the only way to quiet the critics is to make the playoffs and do something special when you're there. Rivers just needs his defense and special teams to play as well as Eli's and Ben's have played for them and he should be fine. Hopefully it happens soon, though, because each new Super Bowl for the Giants and Steelers makes Rivers (and the Chargers) look that much worse.
Fourth, Eli Manning now has two Super Bowl MVP Awards. The only player with more than that is Joe Montana, who has three. Ben Roethlisberger has zero, as does Brett Favre. John Elway has one. No matter how much you hate Eli (in that open thread yesterday I wrote about how Eli was right), you can't say that he's a bad QB or even worse than Rivers at this point. He's great and he plays great with the spotlight on him.
Congrats to Eli and the Giants. It was a really entertaining playoff run. I hope the success of the 2004 QB class continues and results in a couple of Super Bowls for Rivers before it's all said and done.