Coaches always tell athletes not to look ahead to the next game. I, as a fan, should have remembered that! I was all set to blog today about how divided I was over the Super Bowl - do I cheer for the history of a Patriots undefeated season or for the loyalty of Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers? I almost jinxed them both! When it was -3 at game time, I thought the Pack was headed to the Big Game. When Favre hooked up with Driver for a 90-yard TD, I thought they were going to roll. When they won the coin toss for overtime, I thought the fates were smiling on them. Alas, it was not to be. A magical season came to an end on the leg of a former Chiefs kicker, booting through a 47-yard field goal in a place where nothing over 40-yards had gone through for an opponent in the postseason before (don't you love the random stats the networks can come up with?!). I had so been rooting for Favre to get to the Super Bowl one more time. But today, I'm putting the loss in perspective with the fact that no one thought the Packers would do so much this season. Sure, Favre was on the cusp of all those records, so perhaps that wasn't the surprising part. To see a young team one game away from a shot at the title was more than anyone in Title Town could have asked. It truly was a magical season for them and a magical career for Brett Favre. If he calls it a career. Ending with a loss and an interception makes waiting for his decision on whether to retire all that more interesting!
On a side note: Kudos to all those who ran this weekend's Topeka to Auburn half marathon in 15-degree temps! You deserve congratulations for completing 13-miles, even more for doing it in those conditions!