If not for its concessions in closing arguments, it's very probable that Hernandez would have walked free. In that sense, there are probably many people who may want to thank the defense.
Would Aaron Hernandez have been found guilty regardless of his attorney's ignorant mistake? Possibly. But, his attorney sealed the deal and made it easy as pie. Now he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail.
While many people were focused on the Seahawks and Patriots during this Super Bowl, there were many other parts of the game setting off Fireworks.
To secure a conviction, it requires proof that Hernandez knowingly participated in the crime with the requisite mental state required of first-degree murder. There's the ruse that may or may not make Hernandez a free man once again.
Two NFL rookies dominated sports news last week. On Sunday, New England Patriot Malcom Butler intercepted Russell Wilson's pass and helped deliver the Super Bowl to his team.
As a Patriots fan, I say this: The Seahawks and their supporters should walk tall. Two great teams and two great coaches displayed the violent game's appeal.
After weeks of buildup, hours of pre-game shows and the festival of football itself, you'd think that we'd pretty much be over the Super Bowl by now. But no. In fact, it turns out, that when it comes to the Super Bowl, it's all over but the crunching.
While I never shared or understood his passion, it seemed important to him that I at least took some interest in it. But after several attempts to understand the game, even after he explained the rules to me a million times, I just couldn't get into it.
What we often fail to see is that it is easy to second guess someone else (or ourselves) when failure happens. For example, if Russell Wilson had completed that pass, many people would have thought Pete Carroll and his offensive coordinator were geniuses.
We can all savor it, if we choose to. That's more easily done for viewers like me who, just a few hours earlier, had been noncommittal and teamless. Still, once the clock runs out on all the real-time Cinderella stories, we can conjure up glass slippers -- or cleats -- to fit any feet we want.
Evan as a Pats fan who is no fan of Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, I'm sick of hearing the phrase "the worst decision in NFL history." I don't think the media has a clue to what actually took place on that fateful play on the goal line at the end of the Super Bowl.
Is Hindsight always 20/20? Would Marshawn Lynch have prevailed if he had been given the ball? It's easy to be the backseat driver of a crash. The Patriots were going to be all over Lynch so the unpredictable was also a reasonable choice.
In Sunday's Super Bowl, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll completely underestimated the New England Patriots. After all, his team just needed to advance the ball only one yard and it seemed that the Vince Lombardi Trophy was coming back to Seattle.
It is easy to criticize Seattle's decision to have Russell Wilson throw the ball from the Patriots one-yard line because the play resulted in a game-clinching turnover. But Seattle's defense failed in the fourth.
My partner Randy died of ALS nearly a year ago. His fight was a long one -- nine years. We moved to Boston from New York City in 2008 and soon thereafter Randy became a Patriots fan.
I should start by saying I'm not a football fan. It's only fair to say that first. So don't fill the comments with that observation; I'm owning that fact up front. However, I'm a homie fan -- I love where I live, and I love local pride.