Tag: Football

<strong></strong>Crowning Tom Brady as the greatest athlete is American exceptionalism, but there is truth to the hyperbole
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Crowning Tom Brady as the greatest athlete is American exceptionalism, but there is truth to the hyperbole

    The most skin-crawling moment of every NFL season is, without fail, as the winners of the Super Bowl are announced unironically as “world champions”. American sports repeatedly make it their prerogative to universalise their champions for us, and for that – of course – we are eternally ungrateful. Why bother with the formalities of actual global competition when it can be kindly circumvented by the red, white and blue, a national anthem, a fly over and an overzealous commentator? Now, this isn’t to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t the best American football team in the world, they would clearly beat any other team from any other country. It’s just to suggest that crowning a world champion without a world championships is a painful and self-congratulatory charade. It is Ameri...
<strong></strong>The impossible inevitability of Super Bowl 55
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The impossible inevitability of Super Bowl 55

  I’m taking revisionist liberties, I admit, but the road to Super Bowl 55 was an impossible inevitability; a perfect truth inaccessible all season-long, but which now feels so painfully and eternally obvious. That we were tempted to believe, even for a second, despite all that’s happened, in a reality in which the Kansas City Chiefs do not arrive in Tampa Bay on Sunday, feels almost blasphemous. It is easy to paint Patrick Mahomes as the miraculous and Tom Brady as the meticulous. The former with his ecstatic explosions of arm-strength, and the latter with his relentlessly methodical drives. But, what ultimately makes this match-up so intriguing is that Brady, thinking of championships rather than cliff-edges, remains entirely capable of the miraculous, shown by his long touchdown to Sc...
<strong></strong>City, Liverpool and the Premier League title race: never underestimate the power of winning
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City, Liverpool and the Premier League title race: never underestimate the power of winning

In a world of spectrums, sports complies to a firm binary — the winner and the loser, the champion and the challenger, the bride and the bridesmaid. This is an open letter to the most dominant losers in sporting history: those who came as close to bending and blurring the binary as one could strive to, prior to having “failure’s” empty and harsh commiserations slap them squarely in the face. Catching the bouquet. For just a temporary moment on Sunday you might not have been naïve in believing that, at the culmination of a miraculous week brimmed with footballing resurrections, another blindsider was unfolding at opposite ends of the country in front of our split-screened, crossed-eyes. As Mane struck in the north, Brighton’s Glenn Murray staked his claim as the less than glamoro...