Greatest Super Bowl Comeback
Monday, February 6, 2017
Vol. 6, No. 37
—From Park City, UT
The Comeback Kid: The New England Patriots came from 25 points behind the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter of the Super Bowl to tie it up before a shocking 34-28 win in a first-ever overtime for the game.
Atlanta scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, putting the Patriots into a hole from which no previous Super Bowl Team ever recovered. “At halftime, I would say we weren’t down at all,” New England quarterback Tom Brady said. “We were disappointed in the way we played, and we knew that we could go out and do a lot better in the second half.”
They came to life with only two and a half minutes left in the third quarter and the last 10 minutes of the game were a lesson in football, with Brady and Coach Bill Belichick probably proving that they are the greatest combination ever in the game.
This is the 5th Super Bowl win for Brady, who turns 40 in six months. At an age when most players are long gone, he’s at the top of his game.
We don’t cover halftime shows or commercials.
Rule of Law: After a Sunday round of golf in Florida, President Trump got his thumbs busy and took to Twitter in the afternoon to blast the judge who blocked the president’s immigration order.
“Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!” Trump said.
What Trump has yet to explain is how the world, and the people entering the US from foreign countries, became so dramatically more dangerous the moment he took office.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Vice President Mike Pence defended Trump’s personal criticism of the Seattle federal judge who blocks the president’s immigration ban. “Well, look, the president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government,” Pence said. “And we have a long tradition of that in this country.”
Pence seemed to be saying that only a judge who agrees with the president is upholding the law. He said, “It’s just very frustrating to the president, to our whole administration, to millions of Americans who want to see judges that will uphold the law and recognize the authority the president of the United States has under the Constitution to manage who comes into this country.”
What I Meant Was: In a pre-Super Bowl interview with Fox host Bill O’Reilly, President Trump backed away from his claim that three to five million people voted illegally.
“It doesn’t have to do with the vote,” Trump said. “It has to do with the registration.” He went on, “You have illegals, you have dead people, you have this — it’s really a bad situation. It’s really bad.”
When O’Reilly pressed about Trump’s claim that three million illegals voted, the president said, “Forget that. Forget all that. Just take a look at the registration, and we’re going to do it. And I’m going to set up a commission.”
He’s going to get to the bottom of it.
Brand Aid: The NY Times reports that some of the Trump brands are tattering at the edges after the patriarch’s ascension to president. In the wake of the president’s controversies, the NY Times reports that some retailers don’t want the exposure to controversy and potential boycott.
Nieman Marcus dropped Ivanka Trump’s jewelry because of flagging sales, and Nordstrom’s dumped her whole fashion line. Ivanka’s company issued a statement saying what a wonderful humanitarian business she runs.
The Usual Suspects: Turkey yesterday rounded up 400 people the government says are involved with the Islamic State. Authorities said most were foreign nationals. Turkey was already holding 780 suspects accused of links to ISIS.
Tweeter in Chief: The president of the United States tweeted this morning, “Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.”
Just thought you’d like to know.