Bill Belichick in Super Bowl XLVI: "Make Him Go to Manningham" (w/ Sound FX VIDEO)

Categories: Game Time, Sports

The play worked as designed, on both sides.
I got home from my show this afternoon and, having just finished up talking about sports for five hours, I did what I normally do -- turn on one of the sports channels on television.

Luckily (or perhaps not so luckily, if I had any designs on being productive), I stumbled across a marathon of Sound FX on the NFL Network. For those of you that are unfamiliar, Sound FX is a no-narrator, field-level version of game highlights where usually a handful of players/coaches are wired for sound.

It takes the game and turns it into a virtual drama, turns the players into characters and sucks you in like a mosquito to a blue fluorescent light. It is awesome.

If you haven't seen it, search it out to DVR it. If you're a football fan, it's must-view stuff.

To whet your appetite a little bit, I wanted to share the most compelling bite that I saw in the Super Bowl XLVI edition of FX. It's the fourth quarter sequence right after Wes Welker's dropped pass led to a Patriot punt and the Giants' starting their game-winning drive at their own 12-yard line.

It begins with Bill Belichick's screaming instructions to his troops:

Here is the transcript of Belichick's plea:

This is still a Cruz and Nicks game. I mean, I know we're right on them, it's tight. But those are still the guys. Make him go to Manningham, make him go to Pasco...

On the very next play, Eli Manning heaved the ball down the field to Manningham where the wide receiver made this year's Super Bowl's miracle catch, securing the ball between two defenders and getting his feet down in a space about the size of a phone booth.

It was David Tyree, version 2.0.

Equally compelling are the last few seconds of the clip where Tom Brady is watching the replay on the big screen and concedes "He caught it," almost like he knew what was coming and he was powerless to stop it.

Eli was on his way to his second Super Bowl win over Tom Brady, and the drive started with a deep throw to Manningham, which is exactly what Brady's coach wanted.

The moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

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What are you guys talking about?  It's a matter of fact post...It was played perfectly, but Manning made the perfect throw.  This article isn't screaming "ego" to me.  It's factual about a show on the NFL network...

Honcho, nice read there Helemuth...


Yeah except it was exactly the right thing to do. What's he gonna do instead, double cover Manningham (with his average hands) and leave Nicks and Cruz open. Or maybe next time he should just throw out a general 'Hey guys, don't let the other team score a touchdown!' because if he is any more specific he is going to hear some idiot on the internet call him out on it. Manningham made an unbelievable play, it happens.So many things wrong with your attitude there, this is sport, it's possible to have the right tactics and still lose.


Pendergast is way too cocky for his own good. Plus, the vast majority of his blog posts are simply pandering to the lowest common denominator of fans. e.g. Blaming Jacoby Jones – exclusively – for the Texans playoff loss to the Ravens. Give me a freaking break.

He is one among the vast majority of sports radio hosts in this town who need to check themselves.

And by the way: Despite his by-design persona and common misconceptions, such as yours, Hellmuth (at least spell the name correctly) is still today an outstanding poker player.


Robert, you "stole my thunder."

Hey Cablin-jackass; what is the purpose of this article? Once again so you can inflate your own ego by pointing out that someone is "wrong" or "made a bad call" or "choked." None of which are the case.

As Robert suggests, it was a sound tactic on Belichick's part – or at the very least, it wasn't an IMPROPER approach. And the coverage on the field was good. It was THE perfect throw by Eli and a great catch. Plain and simple.

It amazes me how people like you are able to hold high-paying jobs in major market radio. Sucking Rome's teat for so many years has obviously paid dividends.

Take some advice from our friend Robert here. And from a poker player's mindset. Concern yourself more with making the right decisions instead of being so obsessed with the outcomes. Play the percentages. In the long run, you'll come out ahead. Idiot.


for you to solicit advice like you're some sort of blog expert makes me question the size of your ego.  You try writing a blog entry every day, and let's see if we can't find a post here or post there that we wouldn't agree with...

You're the "I can't believe you stayed in with those cards" guy, and now you're carrying that attitude into blog posts...Save the advice for how to play A/Q offsuit Honcho.

Sean, Keep up the good work.  Some of us, with an actual sense of humor, enjoy your contribution to this city.

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