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April 25, Alec Baldwin Puts the Sox in Their Place

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

Thanks to Steve Smith of the New York Giants, I have a pretty funny New Era commercial featuring Alec Baldwin and I think that guy from the Office. It also brought me back to some other notable New Era commercials in the past, so check out the new Alec Baldwin commercial, and some of my other favorites.

“You no Big Papi!”

“Come on Cole! Keep pounding the corner!”

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April 22, The Giants and Jets to Open the Season on 9/11. Will Face Off on Christmas Eve

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

For the 2011 NFL season, the Giants and Jets will both open on September 11. There were talks early on the day that the schedule was announced that the two New York teams would face off against one another on the anniversary, but the league elected to have their match-up on Christmas Eve.

My initial reaction was disappointment when I heard that the two New Yorkers would not face off to start the season, but I’ve since decided that it’s not such a bad thing. This way both teams have a chance to seize victory on this somber anniversary.

So for all you New York football fans out there, take a look at this season’s schedule for the Giants and Jets.

The season opens with The Big Blue Wrecking Crew facing off with the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field at 4:15. Gang Green also faces off with an NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowgirls at the Meadowlands in primetime.

This of course all hinges on the idea that there will be an NFL season in 2011, and that it will start on time.

To shift gears completely as far as sports go, the announcement of the tenth anniversary of 9/11’s football schedule brings me to today’s videos. The two videos that I picked out for today are of the Mets and Yankees once play was resumed following the attacks. Unfortunately, since the MLB has a tight grip on all of their video content, you will have to leave the site to see the Mets video. It’s pretty amazing the way that the Mets and Braves got together and united with national pride. The Yankees video is also a great watch, and you get to take a look at some behind the scenes interactions with our then president George W Bush. Bush and Jeter’s interactions before the game were awesome.

[VIDEO] The Mets first game after 9/11

March 25, Congrats Eli

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

As you may or may not have heard, Eli Manning and his wife Abby have given birth to their daughter, Ava Frances.

Manning and the Giants went through a roller coaster of a season in 2010. There are positives and negatives that come to mind immediately when reflecting on the year.

Positives

  • Hakeem Nicks established himself as a number one reciever, with the potential to become one of the best in the game.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw showcased his ability to run the ball, and established himself as a back with potential to take over the game.
  • Manning threw for 4,000 yards for the second straight season.
  • Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck highlighted an electrifying Defensive Line, including the play of the young, raw Jason Pierre-Paul.

Negatives

  • Along with his good running, Bradshaw also showed a propensity to cough up the ball.
  • The G-Men went from looking at a first round bye in the playoffs to missing them altogether, thanks in large part, and mostly to the massacre at the Meadowlands.
  • Interceptions galore. Manning threw 25 interceptions to counter his 31 touchdowns.
  • Throughout the season Brandon Jacobs proved himself to be a baby. Whether he was freaking out on the sidelines, or hurling his helmet into the crowd in Indy, Jacobs showed that when things don’t go his way he throws a fit.

Free Agents

Once (if) a CBA is reached, the Giants will have to deal with the free agency of some of their key players. Some of the important guys that are eligable for free agency, among others, are:

  • Ahmad Bradshaw
  • Steve Smith (As a follower of Steve on Facebook and Twitter, there seems to be a lot of optimism that the Giants want him back, and he certainly wants nothing more than to be a Giant.)
  • Kevin Boss
  • DJ Ware
  • Mathia Kiwanuka
  • Barry Cofield
  • Chase Blackburn

Back to Eli

On a personal note, I would like to commend Manning, and the number he put up in the 2010 season. When I selected Eli in the second round of my fantasy football draft with the 24th overall pick, I was ridiculed with comments that I was making a reach. Maybe I was, but it worked out for me in the end, and that’s all that matters. The dynamic duo that was Manning to Nicks basically carried my team through many tough weeks. My overall team, featuring Manning, Nicks, Bradshaw and Giants Defense was what I liked to call my Giants Machine. No lead was insurmountable for Jeff Fisher’s Beard, (my team) when the Giants Machine started rolling. It is a strategy that I have implemented in my last two fantasy football seasons, both of which I came out on top. My first season was the Chargers Machine, featuring an underrated, and under appreciated (at the time) Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, and Nate Kaeding. I don’t like to give away my strategies, but the cats out of the bag. When drafting a fantasy football team, stack up on one team that you think is going to do damage.

For todays video, I present to you a scary preseason moment against the Jets that would have caused a lesser QB injury. This was tough to watch when it happened. I was begining to think the Eli pick may come back to haunt me afterall, but he was back and ready as soon as the Giants were willing to play him.

March 9, No Love Lost for Tiki Barber

March 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Hey guys,

So in today’s news, Tiki Barber made the announcement that he will be returning to the NFL. Tiki retired from the Giants after the 2006 season, and has now become one of the least popular sports figures in New York sports history.

Tiki Barber hunts for one of his fumbled balls. IMAGE // sportsmed.starwave.com

When Barber retired from the NFL he had delusions that he was some great journalist / reporter. Barber’s ambitions of being the next Tom Brokaw has fallen flat on its face, so now he is looking to make a pay check in the game that he once played pretty well. Do I like Tiki? Absolutely not, but it would be ignorant to say that he was not a good player at the peak of his career. Barber had a nasty little habit of fumbling the ball at points of his career. In 2002 and 2003, Barber fumbled the ball six times in each season. When Tom Coughlin arrived as the coach in 2004, he taught Tiki a new style of carrying the football, and his fumbling woes went away.

Although 36 is way past the prime of most (all) running backs, Barber is an interesting case, and I am interested to see what he has to offer the game. I feel that the few years leading up to his retirement were the best of his career. I don’t think he will be the starting running back of any team, but I would be interested to see if he can help a team out. There is a 0% chance that he will be on the New York Giants however. The way his career in New York ended was too ugly to repair. Tiki made public criticisms of his coach, and also criticized his quarterback Eli Manning. In the season after his retirement, Tiki went public with his disdain for Eli, calling his pre-game motivational speeches, “almost comical.”

To further the New Yorker’s fire against Tiki, the Giants went to the Super Bowl the very first season after Barber’s retirement, and defeated the Goliath that was the New England Patriots, ruining their attempt at a perfect season. Barber officially became an after thought in New York, and if anyone did miss him before, they surely did not anymore.

Tiki the Man

Enough about the football career of Barber. He is a hypocrite and is only coming back for a pay day.

Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond. IMAGE // http://www.tower.com

Last year, in April, it was reported that Barber was leaving his wife of 11 years for a 23-year-old woman. At the time that it was made public that he was leaving his wife, she was in her eighth month of pregnancy. Not that I am excusing his actions, but I really wouldn’t care about this if he hadn’t made so many public statements against his own father.

In Tiki’s book Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond, Barber was highly critical of his father’s abandonment of him, his brother, and his mother.

What did I feel for my father? Not love or hate. Those emotions are too strong. It was something worse. Indifference. But in another sense, I realize that I still have hang-ups about not growing up with a dad. Maybe my life has been like that of other abandoned sons: a long search for a father figure.

Not to say that Tiki will not be there for his children when they grow up, but it is clear that the dynamic of their relationship will never be the same. To add to the hypocrisy, Barber was highly critical of his father’s abandonment of his mother in a 2004 New York Post article.

Not only did [my father] abandon her, I felt like he abandoned us for a lot of our lives. I have a hard time forgiving that.

In conclusion, I do not care for Barber at all. I don’t respect his personal life, I don’t respect his criticism of his then coach and quarterback, and I don’t respect his pie-in-the-sky notion that he would be the next great reporter. I hope Tiki falls on his face in his return to the NFL. No love lost in New York, Tiki.

** Quote excerpts courtesy of The Week.