Ahhhh, Kurt, Kurt, Kurt. That's what you get for dissing the Belichick in the minutes before the big game...
In Warner’s eyes, Belichick’s players seemed to have a very good sense of what the Rams were doing on offense that day – and remember, St. Louis, one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, scored just three points until a late flurry. It has been substantiated that the Patriots’ practice of videotaping the hand signals of opposing coaches, a violation of NFL policy, went back a number of years. The Rams and Patriots had played earlier that season, and logic suggests that Belichick might have gained an advantage through surveillance for the rematch.
“You can’t help but wonder,” Warner said Tuesday night. “Perhaps it didn’t happen that way – obviously, it could have been good coaching. But it’s possible that something else was also going on, and if so, think about the ramifications. People’s careers were altered. I hate to think about it that way, but it’s human nature.”
(Just as an offside...when did Michael Silver, another Manning boot licker, leave SI and start writing for Yahoo?)
That's rich, a two-time league MVP and Super Bowl champ bitching about "people's careers being altered." Can you name one member of the 2001 St. Louis Rams who had a nervous breakdown, or ended up in a homeless shelter, or never played another successful down in the NFL because of losing that Super Bowl? (As I recall, the evangelistic Aeneas Williams shrugged and said words to the effect of, "No one guaranteed that we would win them all, praise the Lord.") Does Warner actually believe that winning that Super Bowl would have stopped his fall from grace in St. Louis, or reversed the aging process? Does he really blame Bill Belichick for what happened to him in the years that followed? It's not even the dissing of Belichick so much as it is being a whiny, ungracious, excuse-making jerk. You know, Kurt, guys lose big games all the time, games they're supposed to win, and somehow they soldier on and make successes of themselves in spite of it. Did Derek Jeter shrivel up into a pathetic shell of his former self for years after the Yankees '04 loss? Did Joe Torre? How about guys like Earl Morrall, Jim Palmer, even Brett Favre? Anybody can handle success well, but the real mark of a man is how he deals with adversity. With those whiny words, Kurt, you just became less of a man than those other guys. No matter what the reason for the loss-even if the Patriots planted mind control devices inside your head-the only excuse for letting that one loss consume you and derail your career is that you are an enormous fraud. Grow a set, you pathetic whiner, and accept your full responsibility for the last seven years of your life. That's the Christian thing to do, isn't it?
Despite all that, I was still rooting for the Cardinals last night, because everyone loves an underdog and I really like the rest of the guys on the team (although Whisenhunt is another whiny loser). But, vindictive bitch that I am, I have to say I stood up and cheered when Warner made that rookie mistake in the end zone and James Harrison took it back 100 yards for what turned out to be the difference in the game (the last-second heroics won't matter if Harrison doesn't score on that pick.) Game lost, Warner's fault, bar none. I have to say, I'd really love to be inside Warner's head this morning. I wonder who he is looking to pin the blame on this time, because clearly it was nothing he could have done, right? Maybe this is a nice bucket of ice water for ya, Kurt. You didn't lose 2001 because of taping. You lost because you choked, and you let your team down, just like you did last night. That was a bad, bad pass, my friend. And you're going to have to live with it the rest of your life, all the while trying desperately to concoct some situation in your head where it's not your fault. You and your coach.
Because it couldn't be that you're just losers, right?
I'm sorry the Cardinals lost, but Warner being the goat eases the pain somewhat. Here's to the 2008 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the redemption of Ben Roethlisberger. Can't wait to take these guys down next season...