It's that time of year where we at IHTNEP get out our party hats and do a little celebrating. "Why?", you might ask, "Is it because today is the day Wayne Gretzky
was born?". No, that's not it. "Didn't the Hatriots just win? Shouldn't you be bowing your heads in anger and muttering foul curse words like 'Belichick' and 'Bruschi'?" No, we shouldn't, because today, my friends, is January 26th, a day that shall live in infamy. You see, today is none other than the 8th Anniversary of the shellacking of the Hatriots in Super Bowl XXXI!
In this tightly-fought battle, we watched Brett Favre
and the Green Bay Packers
triumph over the Drew Bleeds-so-much
led Hatriots. The game turned on a 99-yard kickoff return
for a touchdown by the wily special teamer, Desmond Howard
- now there's a former U of M Wolverine we can all appreciate! And if you were wondering, yes, Bleeds-so-much has a special place in our Hall of Much-Hated Hatriots - if Drew-Blood could just take a hit, Mr. Brady Bunch
wouldn't have had his opportunity to start, and who knows where we'd all be now?
Final score: Green Bay Packers 35, New England Hatriots 21. A day of glory, a day of hope. Will we see such halcyon days again?
This day is even more special for Haters than we originally thought, for on this day 19 years ago we witnessed a 46-10 demolition
of the Hatriots by the vaunted Chicago Bears
and their impenetrable "46" defense
. Refridgerator Perry
, Jim McMahon
, and yes, even the Super Bowl Shuffle
. Here's a quote from the Shuffle lest we forget:
You're lookin' at the Fridge, I'm the rookie.
I may be large, but I'm no dumb cookie.
You've seen me hit, you've seen me run,
When I kick and pass, we'll have more fun.
I can dance, you will see.
The others, they all learn from me.
I don't come here lookin' for trouble,
I just came here to do
The Super Bowl Shuffle.
No celebration of this wondrous day can be complete without revisiting this crushing blow to the New England Hatriot spirit!