Comparing coverage of Patriots Super Bowl win (and could the team get there again?)

With the New England Patriots dominating 51-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, I found myself slipping into thoughts of another Super Bowl run. I thought I’d throw it back for this week’s post to something I did when the Patriots won the Super Bowl, which was the compare articles written about the Patriots’ win in the biggest game.
1) Magazine: Bill Belichick says Patriots sensed Seahawks ill-fated play call by Vinnie Iyer
• The article focused on a press conference statement from Belichick, which is odd for a gamer, but effective nonetheless. The article focuses on the gamesmanship of Belichick and the mind-chess between Carroll and Belichick
• Predictably, the hero of this article is Belichick who thoroughly outsmarted Carroll by not calling a timeout and therefore winning his team a Super Bowl
• This article emphasized the brazen, brilliant coaching staff for the New England Patriots and de-emphasized the physical prowess and presence of mind required by Malcolm Butler and Co. to actually make the play happen.
2) Newspaper: New York Times, One Yard From Crushing Loss, Patriots Grab Their 4th Title by Ben Shpigel
• The article focused on how the Patriots crushing defeats in previous Super Bowls was handed off to Seattle. It’s kind of a reversal of fortune for the Patriots
• The stars were Butler and Brady, but he didn’t focus on the stars as much as the goat, Pete Carroll. He spent many more column inches to dissecting Carroll’s decision and the Seahawks sideline who sent the play call in
• Shpigel de-emphasized Bill Belichick’s role in playing defense on the play and emphasized the mistakes of Carroll and Darren Bevell, the Seahawks offensive coordinator

3) Sports Website: Grantland, Retro Running Diary by Bill Simmons
• Simmons focused on how the gamesmanship of the final Seattle drive was Bill Belichick’s finest moment, his Mona Lisa or his Jordan taking over the ’98 Finals. He emphasized how smart Belichick (the hero of his column) is, how Patriot fans have known it all along, but never had anything specifically to point to – until now
• Belichick was the star
• Simmons de-emphasized the first three-and-a-half quarters as well as the play call itself by the Seahawks. He focused on Belichick’s genius more than Carroll’s media-purported boneheaded-ness for calling a pass play from the 1-yard-line with Marshawn Lynch.

4) New England Patriots Website: Patriots hold on for epic Super Bowl XLIX win by Andy Hart
• Hart focused on the overall “epic-ness” (a word he used annoyingly often) of the game and gave a brief summary before launching into the “Buy/Sell” part of his column in which he analyzed the strengths and weaknesses in the Patriots game plan
• The stars were (surprise!) Malcolm Butler and Tom Brady, along with undersized slot receivers
• Hart emphasized the Patriots success in the dink-and-dunk passing game as well as the receiving running back role. He de-emphasized the third and fourth corner backs of the Patriots because they played so poorly.

Sam Fortier is a displaced New Englander living in New York. He likes baseball, crunchy peanut butter and the sound Kanye makes in his songs, which he thinks is spelled “HAAH.” He’s not a fan of grammatical error’s. You can read him here every Monday, follow him on Twitter @Sam4TR, or email him at 


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