I think the obsession comes from the fact that he beat the Pats twice. Had he beaten Indy or Pittsburgh or Baltimore, I don't think we'd care nearly as much. The dude wasn't all that good but like you said had a couple of clutch, historic runs / wins. It's really hard to come up with a comp in pretty much any other sport.It does come down to beating the Pats twice. But so what? He beat probably the greatest team ever assembled twice, and while the first one was a fluke he was nails in the second one.
I don’t understand the obsession with proving that he isn’t a hall of famer. 98.5 had a segment on it as well.
There’s precedence in the football hall of fame. Namath is in. Eli will probably get it in. Numbers\ability wise is he a hall of famer? I don’t think so. But add in his clutch performances and historic wins and it gets him in.