Super Bowl Satisfaction: Thank You, Von Miller. I Owe You, Big Time.

Anyone but the New England Patriots could’ve won the Super Bowl on Sunday and it would’ve been fine for our Richard Hay. [commentary]

aNewDomain commentaryrichard hay google anewdomain richard hay — Okay, so Tom Brady is not a vampire. There was no stake in the heart.

Just 2.5 sacks and an INT by Von Miller.

I am sure I am not alone when I say I really was ambivalent about who I wanted to win the Super Bowl this year — as long as it wasn’t New England.

I mean the Cowboys were not going to win the Super Bowl anyway, so my favorite team was out of the running.

But the Patriots could not be allowed to win. Brady could not be crowned as the “Greatest QB Ever” with five Super Bowl rings, surpassing Montana and Bradshaw with whom he is currently tied.

It would not be allowed.

And he shouldn’t be tied. Seattle had the Patriots on the ropes in the Super Bowl last year. They had ’em. They had ’em. They had ’em.  And they let ’em get away. You’re at the 2-yard line. It’s 2nd down. Over a minute left. Just hand it to Marshawn Lynch, and you are celebrating a Seahawk Super Bowl win over the deflategate bums.

But, no.

It really seemed like Seattle management called down to Pete Carroll and said, “Use anybody other than Marshawn Lynch to score the game winning TD because his contract is up for renegotiation, and we don’t want to be run through the wringer on his comp package.” So they get cute and get picked off at the 2-yard line and bye bye Super Bowl win. How about you win the game before you count your chickens?

So Brady is tied with Montana. And Bradshaw. As long as he is never linked to PEDs, he is a shoo-in for the NFL Hall of Fame. I am sure I am not alone when I say I am not a fan of the Patriots, and the video taping of opposing teams’ practices did help them win those three Super Bowls. How did their defense know how to stop St. Louis and the Greatest Show on Turf? The Manning brothers have now stopped Brady and Co. four times. I mean Brady might have eight rings if not for the Mannings. He should still have three. But he has four, and you cannot go back and undo that now.

For me, this schadenfreude perspective, where I find myself not as much rooting for Team X to win the Super Bowl as much as rooting against Team Y, is from a specific instance.

How did I become so annoyed with the Patriots? Yes, there are some sour grapes and jealousy involved. The Cowboys have not won a Super Bowl since 1995. Romo is not the guy. Romo is not Kurt Warner. But the root cause of my basic desire to never seen the Patriots crowned as NFL champs again comes from a neighbor who was an uber-Boston fan.

Oh em gee (OMG).

I think it was 2008 when the Celtics won the NBA Title, and the Red Sox won the World Series and the Patriots entered the Super Bowl undefeated as heavy favorites. If the Patriots had won that game, and David Tyrell had not made that miraculous 4th down helmet catch, my neighbor would have literally been unlivenexttooable.

So as Super Bowl 5o came and went, the team I absolutely did NOT want to win was defeated. I am no huge fan of Carolina or Denver.

You would think I would’ve rooted for Denver since one of the star players for Denver is Von Miller, who is a Texas A&M Alum and the namesake of this article. Also, the Broncos were the ones that accomplished the task of knocking New England out of the running. Ding dong, the witch is dead. The dragon has been slain. Yay for Denver and all that.

But the truth is, I was kind of leaning for Carolina. They have never won a Super Bowl. It would’ve been a historic win for them.

But whatever. The one thing that needed to be accomplished was accomplished. Hope you enjoyed your chips, beer, soda and dips. I enjoyed not having to look at the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, and that’s about it.

Thanks again, Von. We owe you.

For aNewDomain, I’m Richard Hay.

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Richard Hay

Based in Mountain View, CA, Richard Hay is a test engineer at Google by day. By night, he covers sports and science for aNewDomain. None of his views reflect those of Google -- or aNewDomain's, for that matter. This opinion columnist is an intellectual free agent ...