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Iconic quarterback Tom Brady didn’t shake his opposite number Nick Foles’ hand after losing yesterday’s Super Bowl at Minneapolis.
The Philadelphia Eagles soared over the white-hot favourite New England Patriots 41-33 in a thriller to win their first Super Bowl.
The catalyst was the 29-year-old Foles, who became the first player in 52 years of Super Bowl history to throw for and catch a touchdown.
In the process, debutant Foles totally outplayed the 40-year-old Brady, who was playing his eighth Super Bowl, five of which have netted him a ring.
Revered by a sporting nation, Brady did himself irreparable damage by not seeking out Foles for a handshake at game’s end.
A vastly different story for Foles.
Two years ago, he contemplated retirement after being dumped by the St Louis Rams. But head coach Doug Pederson saw there were hidden talents that could benefit the Eagles.
Yesterday was surface day with Foles romping away with the coveted Most Valuable Player Award.
How he found a narrow channel with his pinpoint throws for two of the Eagles’ touchdowns will be talked about for years.
And so will the Brady snub, unbecoming of a household name as the only player to win five Super Bowls with the same franchise in the biggest annual one-day sporting event in the USA.
And so is the tradition of dumping a barrel of cold soft drink on the winning coach when he’s not looking.
So Pederson spent one of the biggest moments of his life drenched from head to toe at the presentation as one of only four to win Super Bowls as player and coach after Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, and Tony Dungy.
The irony of Pederson’s Super Bowl double was his win as a player came with the New England Patriots 30 years ago as back-up quarterback.
Just as well the state-of-the-art US Bank Stadium is equipped with a roof, with the temperature outside a teeth-chattering minus-17 degrees.
And how did the Philadelphians celebrate their historic victory?
By overturning cars and starting fires in the city, amid other general mayhem.
That’s when the inmates have taken over the asylum.
The Super Bowl deserves better than that.