Posts Tagged ‘Giants’

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Will’s Week 12 Football Picks: Thanksgiving Edition

November 25, 2009

in the league where they play….for pay.  (que music)

10 teams, 5 games, 5 lines, 5 picks:  Bet at your own risk!!!

Last week: 2-3

Season: 7-6

Picks after the jump!

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Giants looking to feast on Broncos in Thanksgiving show down

November 25, 2009

Denver fans aren't too happy with the 4-game losing streak

What a difference a month makes.

Everybody knows the story by now:  Broncos hire a young, inexperienced coach, trade away their star quarter back, bench their star wide receiver only to kiss and make up, miraculously start the season 6-0, and now have lost four straight.  At 6-4, and after relinquishing its’ division lead, the Denver Broncos are left looking for answers.  What once looked like a Superbowl contender, now looks like a team destined for an 8-8 finishing record. 

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Giants defense not playoff worthy

November 23, 2009

Thanks to a career day from Quarterback Eli Manning, the New York football Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-31 in overtime Sunday. The Giants hadn’t won since beating Oakland 44-7 on Oct. 11, so it had to feel good to get a win under the belt.  It was a must win for the G-men, as they are now in good position for a playoff berth, if their offense continues to light it up like it did Sunday.  On the other hand, if their defense continues to play like it has the past few weeks, the Giants are going to be on the outside looking in.

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Giants resuscitated, Jets remain on life support

November 22, 2009

Eli Manning had a career day against the Falcons

Despite another meltdown by the shaky Giant defense, Lawrence Tynes kicked the G-men to a 34-31 victory, keeping the Giants in good position for a playoff spot.  The giants snapped their four-game losing streak, and Eli Manning threw for a career-high 384 yards.  Eli added three touchdown passes, including two to Kevin Boss.  The Falcons (5-5) have lost four of five after a 4-1 start.  With the win, the Giants became the first home team to win in the series since New York beat Atlanta in 1979. The visiting teams had won 12 straight in the series, and the Falcons gave it a good shot at making it 13 in a row.

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This weekend in the wild world of sports…

November 21, 2009
NFL, NHL,College Football,Hocks, UFC!…what do I watch!…jdizzle will tell you

Saturday-

12:00 pm Michigan vs. Ohio St.—Yes, this game does not have the hype surrounding it as it once had, but it is still once of college’s greatest rivalry’s and if Rich Rodriguez is to stay in Ann Arbor he knows what he has to do today:  Not only win, but win convincingly.

1:00 pm Knicks vs. Nets—Hey, somebody’s gotta win.  Knicks and Nets don’t deserve high fives…

7:00 pm Panthers vs. Rangers- Rangers had a tough week of practice.  Henrik Lundqvist and Gaborik can not do it by themselves.  The Rangers will need help from Kotalik, Del Zotto, and the Captain Chris Drury who returns after suffering a concussion on November 7th.  Dubinsky will be out, so someone is going to have to help Gaborik out offensively otherwise the Rangers could start sliding quick.   

7:30 pm –  Cal vs. Stanford- Stanford over the last two weeks have put up ridiculous offensive numbers against  USC and Oregon, two of the best teams in the conference.   With a win against 25th ranked Cal and losses by Oregon, Oregon St, and Arizona in the remaining games can give the Cardinals a Rose bowl birth.  Gotta root for the geeks, sorry folks.

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What a Shocker! Ex-Giant Shockey running his mouth again

November 19, 2009

Shockey: Lebron couldn't cut it in NFL

After reports surfaced that future Knick, err I mean NBA star Lebron James said he has aspirations to someday play in the NFL, Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has some thoughts of his own.  “King James wouldn’t cut it in the NFL on Sundays.”  That is what the talkative ex-Giant said via his Twitter account Wednesday night. “Everyone trust me Lebron James could not play in the NFL,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “ESPN is crazy to even think he could even make a practice squad. He’s no better than a 4.9  40 time.”

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The Life of a New York Sports Fan

November 9, 2009

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What a difference a week makes….

Last Wednesday, I was celebrating a Yankees World Series victory.  The first championship in nine years.  To other sports fans, that’s not a long time, but to a Yankee fan, it’s an eternity.  Last Friday’s victory parade was the culmination of a great season, a thrilling postseason run, and the hoisting of the World Series trophy at the new Yankee Stadium.  You couldn’t have asked for a better story.

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On this same Friday however,  we also got to see a crowning. But we weren’t celebrating a New York team, we were celebrating King James, Lebron James, as he put on a show at MSG that left many Knick fans salivating at the prospects of #23 wearing orange and blue.  I never thought I would live to see the day when fans at the Garden were cheering for an opposing player more so than their own team.  The site of “Knick fans” wearing ficticious Lebron James Knick jersey’s and going ga-ga at the site of him was disgusting.  But what can I expect?  It’s already seven games into the season and the 1-6 Knicks are pretty much toast.  So on to  2010 it is…..

But wait there’s more.  Sunday at the Meadowlands, the Giants were in a must win battle with their season on the brink of collapse. Instead of rising to the occasion, the Giants stumbled to the finish line, and fell flat on their face.  After an astonishing 5-0 start, little blue has now been humbled with four straight losses.  Now, instead of looking at the #2 seed in the NFC, the g-men will be lucky if they cling on to the final wild-card spot.

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in four days…..only in NY.

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Lost in Translation
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Meadowlands Meltdown

November 9, 2009
*Nov 08 - 00:05*

Mission: Failure

This was supposed to be the “Superbow.” The biggest game of the year. It was put up or shut up time for the g-men (lower case “g” because they’ve come up short). But instead of leaving the game with the “season still alive”  trophy, little blue limped out with nothing but the possibility of a season lost.

What changed?  Not much.  104 yds of penalties.  Terrible play calling on both sides of the ball. Running away from Giant’s football (literally). And the inability to make a stop when it was most needed.

When Terrell Thomas intercepted Philip Rivers  pass midway through the fourth quarter and brought the ball to inside the San Diego 5-yard line, you would think the Giants would wrap the game up.  However, the fact that the Giants are in the bottom rung in converting red zone opportunities into 7 points; a trend they have failed to buck since last season, it’s not suprising that they ended up with a FG.

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Phillip Rivers celebrates the battle of the '04 QB's, with an easy game winning drive.

A holding penalty on Chris Snee, a dinky pass here, and two poorly-timed run plays later, and Lawrence Tynes is out for three points, to the  Chargers delight. To the dismay of Big Blue nation, the Giants failed to attack the endzone. Coach Tom Couglin explained, “We didn’t want a turnover there”.

If that’s not an indication that this team has completely lost its identity, I’m not sure what is. The rest is history. The Chargers marched down the field slicing through shabby coverage and mismatches (Thanks Bill Sheridan) and further diminish the Giants playoff hopes with a dagger-like touchdown with 20 seconds left.

Season over?  Not sure.  But the g-men have completely lost their identity.  Thank god for bye weeks.

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Yankees are team of the decade

November 6, 2009

 

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The Yankees, with its 27th World Series championship, are officially the team of the decade

 

 

Now that the Yankees have won its 27th World Series championship, let the adulation begin.

Even though 2000 doesn’t technically count in this decade — for this post it will — the Yankees have gone to the World Series four times in the past 10 years and won twice. That’s twice as many World Series appearances than any other team in baseball since 2000.

They also have won 10 postseason series since 2000, two more than any other club in baseball during that time frame. In addition, the Yankees have the most wins – 965 – since 2000, 45 more wins than the second-winningest team, the Boston Red Sox.

So that’s nine playoff trips, four World Series appearances and two rings since 2000. The only team close enough to debate is the Red Sox, who have also won two rings in the same span. The Sox, however, are ranked second in wins (920), 95 -win seasons (six) and eight postseason series wins. Those all rank second behind the Yankees.

So is there even a debate?

Well, Phillies fans may have a gripe. Their team made it to back-to-back World Series. They won the National League twice in a row, and if they would have won this year, they would be only the third National League club in baseball history to win back to back titles.

However, the Phils only have three postseason appearances in the last ten years, and in 2000, when the Yankees were taking home its 4th title in five years, they were the losingest ball club in baseball, with 97 losses. They also don’t sport the most wins in the NL since 2000. The Cardinals, Dodgers and  Giants all won more games since the beginning of the decade.

The Cardinals, Braves and Dodgers also have double the amount of postseason appearances  (7, 6, 4 , respectively) than the Phillies.

So there it is.

The team of the 20th century is officially the team of the decade.

How do you like them apples.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MAYDAY!!!!!

November 4, 2009
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What Now???

 

What Now??   The blowout in the Bayou.  Ok we’ll give it to them.  They’re coming off of a bye week, they’re at home, they’re a good team.  Better luck next week right?

Wrong.  Next week, Arizona’s “stallwart” defense stifles Eli, the defense plays ok, but gives up one big play too many, and Jeff Feagles looks like a punter from Pee Wee football

…..Ok, bad game, not like Giants football, better preparation for next week right?  Wrong.   Big Blue storms into Philly and catches another royal ass whoopin  (luckily the Yankees were able to salvage the NY/Philly battle royal)…….112 points in 3 games.   The nasty blitzing Defense is getting sliced and diced.  Run game non existent. Pass rush minimal at best.

So What Now?  Who’s to blame?  Is it the Offense, is it the Defense, is it injury?  To me, it’s a combination of everything.  The play calling on both sides have been abominable.  Why is Kevin Gilbride caling long pass play on short yardage situations?  Mr. Sheridan, are you lost out there?  Where is the pass rush.  Why is there so much blown coverage in the secondary.  Where are your adjustments?

The Kenny Phillips injury was a crushing blow, and Aaron Ross seems no where to be found.  Hopefully with Boley and Canty practicing this week, the Giants can start to regain that swag.  If not, with the toughest remaining schedule, the G-men could be on the outside looking in, or needing help to participate in January football.