What the hell is going on? Really? The New York Giants? Eli Manning? Tom Coughlin? That’s the team that is going to the Super Bowl? I don’t think anyone saw the Giants making a Pittsburgh Steelers type run through the playoffs and I don’t think anyone outside (and possibly inside) New York City even wanted that to happen.
Brett Favre went back to Brett Favre of 2005-06 and not the Favre of this year while Eli played like Favre of 2007. You kept waiting for one of the quarterbacks to make a mistake and in overtime one made one that cost his team at trip to Glendale. Only it wasn’t the guy everyone thought it would be. Maybe Eli has finally become the quarterback worthy of the number one pick in the draft. I’ll tell you one thing though, I will not like living in a football world that has Mannings as back-to-back Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. And another thing, I don’t know how his teammates haven’t punch him in the face yet. After every incompletion, regardless of who’s fault it was, Eli throws up his hands and have that confused, who-just-farted look on his face. I can’t stand that and I only see it a couple times a game. That means he has to do it more and his teammates have to see it all the time. If I’m as annoyed as this seeing it just few times, I can’ only imagine how the rest of the Giants feel.
The most entertaining part of the game was watching Coughlin. Why, you ask. Because as the game went on, and the colder he got, it looked like his face was going to fall off. Did anyone else notice this? It looked like he had fallen asleep for hours inside a tanning bed. It looked like his face had some strange disease that was eating away at itself. It kept getting more and more red to the point I honestly thought he was going to get frost bite.
As a Favre lover (and Eli hater), I’m very disappointed in the outcome of this game but the NYG did out play them. But now all my support goes to hoping the New England Patriots finish off the perfect season.
NEP have not played well in the playoffs but they still win. It helps when you are going up against Philip Rivers (who surprisingly played pretty well) and Norv Turner (who unsurprisingly coach pretty poorly). The Changers had plenty of chances to score touchdowns but thanks to some Norv-ious play calling, they settled for field goals. But thanks to Brady’s three INTs, the Chargers had their chances. That is, until Norv made the decision to punt from the NEP’s 36 yard line with nine minutes to play. The punt was all of 22 yards and gave the NEP a longer field to make a longer drive to run more time off the clock. The worst thing that could have happened if the Chargers go for it is they don’t make and NEP gets the ball at the 36. That’s not great field position and the reward is well worth the minor risk. They had been moving the ball all game and Chambers and Jackson were making big catches. But instead, Norv plays typical, “by the book” football and punts and the Chargers never see the ball again. Well played Norv.
Now we’ll have to put up with “The Perfect Season” and “Eli coming into his own (whatever that means)” story lines for the next two weeks. And does there really need to be a bye week before the Super Bowl? That is about as bad as the touchdown-commercial-kickoff-commercial thing the NFL has going on. I’m already sick of those stories. I’ll be changing the channel every time ESPN talks about those two things. I won’t promise it, but I’ll make every effort to not talk about either of those story lines, or the Super Bowl in general, until the Friday before the game.
Isn’t it a little funny that for all the talk and how much everyone (besides Griag) hates the Yankees-Red Sox thing in baseball, the NFL season comes down to Boston vs. New York?
A couple of other thoughts, Dan Dierdorf continues to amaze me with how bad he is in the booth. I don’t know why some of the things surprise me but they still do. At least the Super Bowl is on FOX and we won’t have to hear him again this year.
I usually hate all McDonald’s commercials. I mean, who goes gets a snack wrap after dancing at a salsa club, without drinking by the way. And who serves Big Mac’s as appetizers at a party where again, no drinking is going on. Just stupid. But that commercial with the boy carrying the boom box to the table and then dancing while he eats might be one of the best commercials of all time.