Hopefully you guys can all feel your toes again after that parade on Tuesday, because with Super Bowl 51 in the books, we're moving on to the offsea-
Ah, who are we kidding? This week is pretty much going to be an open bar after-party with top-shelf everything from Sunday night's record-shattering, nerve-frying, meltdown-inducing, bottle-breaking (and subsequently, bottle-popping) title fight, a game that'll surely go down as one of the all-time classics. Even calling it a classic doesn't seem to do it justice, the same as if someone says Scarlett Johansson is "pretty". A stone-cold classic, sure, but one that looked for well over half the game like the Patriots had all woken up that morning like we all probably did on Monday morning.
Now imagine being one of the guys that built the New England Patriots from an AFC punching bag into one of the greatest, most dominant, most "I HATE you, but damn do I respect you" organizations in the history of professional sports, someone who made the blocks, laid the hits, caught the passes, and…ahem…did their job, and watching the 2016-2017 Patriots come out and completely bomb the first half. Just completely faceplant. Tom Brady included.
Then, they're on the board. Then you're going from "Never tell me the odds" to "Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?! NO!" to, well, like Tom puts it running out of the tunnel before every game, and often during them, "LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
You thought you were fired up? Pretty much anyone and everyone that's ever put on a helmet with the Flying Elvis, and even a few from back when the team still rocked the Pat Patriot logo, was right there with you. These guys, the New England alums that won titles back when the Red Sox were still trying to break their title draught, and watched their brothers finally bookend the dynasty with a fourth Lombardi Trophy in 2015, weren't ready to go quietly into the night, either.
And in situations like the 28-3 hole the Patriots found themselves in, there's only two things that can save you:
1) A little bit of luck, and
2) Tom Brady doing Tom Brady things
Anyone who ever played with number 12 knew what's up.
Starting with one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever lace them up for New England!
That should shut up all the doubters about who the greatest QB of all time is !! Congrats to patriot nation #tommieboy!— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) February 6, 2017
Running back Stevan Ridley
What do five fingers say to the face? pic.twitter.com/tjz3KOi893— KiD-RiD (@StevanRidley) February 6, 2017
Youve been patient young grasshopper, and you do it all with nothing but smiles. Hell of a game my dude! Congratulations @sweetfeet_white28 pic.twitter.com/r8VLtnib2s— KiD-RiD (@StevanRidley) February 6, 2017
Linebacker Jamie Collins
Hope the best for all my patnas in the bowl ✊— Jamie Collins (@j_collins91) February 5, 2017
Sweetfeet #MVP— Jamie Collins (@j_collins91) February 6, 2017
Running back Danny Woodhead
So Tom Brady is kinda good— danny woodhead (@danny__woodhead) February 6, 2017
Offensive lineman Dan Koppen
Offensive lineman Damien Woody
It's ova folks— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 6, 2017
Ballgame!!— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 6, 2017
Hilarious!!!! Giving Goddell tha bizness— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 6, 2017
Wide receiver Donté Stallworth
BIG PLAY @Edelman11 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) February 6, 2017
We are ALL Patriots!!!!!!— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) February 6, 2017
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe
Wide receiver/cornerback Troy Brown
TD ends it!— Troy Brown (@RealTroyBrown80) February 6, 2017
The G.O.A.T. undisputed! Case closed! End of discussion!— Troy Brown (@RealTroyBrown80) February 6, 2017
Running back Kevin Faulk
NUMBER#5 baby!!!#33FORLIFE— K. Feezy (@feezy_k) February 6, 2017
CONSISTENT as you want be be NFL!!!TB#12— K. Feezy (@feezy_k) February 6, 2017
Tight end Ben Watson
Keep poking a giant #SB51— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) February 6, 2017
Safety Lawyer Milloy
Just posted a video @ NRG Stadium https://t.co/C8HYeFM5cZ— Lawyer Milloy (@LawyerMilloy) February 6, 2017
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour
Wow Wow Wow! It's Never over swaggy in the throw back 93 doe!! https://t.co/HngsIb8gAK— Richard Seymour (@BigSey93) February 6, 2017
Wide receiver Deion Branch
Keep throwing Tom— Deion Branch #83 #84 (@deionbranch84) February 6, 2017
Tight end Christian Fauria
Take a shot!— christian fauria (@christianfauria) February 6, 2017
Punter Zoltan Mesko
Cornerback Darius Butler
Wow Edelman! Unreal catch!— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) February 6, 2017
Wow. Just WOW bruh!— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) February 6, 2017
Wide receiver Chad Johnson/Ochocinco
The FOOTBALL GODS are responsible for that play‼️— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 6, 2017
Man I wouldn't say rigged, some things are controlled but this game is nothing short of amazing https://t.co/e3FKpMwWPj— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 6, 2017
Wow— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 6, 2017
Defensive lineman Sealver Siliga
The #GOAT at work.....— sealver siliga (@S_Siliga) February 6, 2017
♂️ ... You must be drinking lol... https://t.co/Xt3VTrIe8h— sealver siliga (@S_Siliga) February 6, 2017
Cornerback Aqib Talib
Great Super Bowl. #SB51— AqibTalib21 (@AqibTalib21) February 6, 2017
Fullback Heath Evans
The world just witnessed the best PLAYER EVER in sports history!#SB51— Heath Evans (@HeathEvans44) February 6, 2017
Quarterback Bryan Hoyer
Wow, just wow.— Brian Hoyer (@bhoyer7) February 6, 2017
Safety Brandon Meriweather
The pats took that one bruh. They made all the right moves in the second half. Matt RYAN didn't see the Field much at all in the second half https://t.co/lsPot9SFlN— Brandon Meriweather (@BMeriweather31) February 6, 2017
Yeah you right bruh but you got to put the ball in the hands of your best players. The MVP and mr 11 https://t.co/rtfLKOZTwA— Brandon Meriweather (@BMeriweather31) February 6, 2017
Wide receiver Aaron Dobson
This is crazy! #ATLvsNE— Aaron Dobson 3 (@aarondobson17) February 6, 2017
Money Mitch !! Eat bro!— Aaron Dobson 3 (@aarondobson17) February 6, 2017
Omg what a catch !!— Aaron Dobson 3 (@aarondobson17) February 6, 2017
I woke up still in "AWE" about that game. Can never count that man out. Def was an honor to play w 12! #GOAT— Aaron Dobson 3 (@aarondobson17) February 6, 2017
And of course, linebacker/defensive end Willie McGinest soaked it all in carrying the Lombardi Trophy to the now-five-time world champions.
Now if you all will excuse me, I have to vote on Alec's top-5 Patriots Super Bowls ranking.
Yeah. Top 5.