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What We Learned From The 2012 Super Bowl

Here are some of the things we learned thanks to the New York Giants 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots Sunday in the 2012 Super Bowl.

  1. Tom Coughlin will be coaching the Giants as long as he darn well pleases. The 'Coughlin's job status' discussions are now officially over with.
  2. There is no longer any arguing over whether or not Eli Manning is the best quarterback in franchise history. Right now, you have to think Eli is heading to the Hall of Fame -- and he might not be done winning Super Bowls.
  3. Gisele Bundchen has a potty mouth. Who knew supermodels could curse like sailors?
  4. Madonna is old, but she can still draw an audience.
  5. The Giants will miss Mario Manningham when he's gone. He will want to be paid like a top-notch wide receiver when he hits free agency this off-season, and someone will pony up the money.
  6. Steve Weatherford is very, very good. And New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff apparently does not know what a good punter looks like.
  7. The Giants will either be drafting a new tight end or signing a veteran free agent. After watching Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard go down to knee injuries on Sunday you can take that one to the bank.
  8. New England sports fans are different. Read Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston and you get the idea that the possibility the Giants could win the game was never, ever considered in New England. Losing stinks, but I'm stunned by the bitterness of the reaction.
  9. Jerry Reese and John Mara know more about their football team than Giants fans. Of course, fans should have known that already.
  10. Mitch Petrus cannot salsa, and should not try.