Archive for the ‘New York Giants’ category

Belichick made the call to let Manningham have his night

February 9, 2012

Via ESPNBoston:

Bill Belichick dared the New York Giants to throw to Mario Manningham and paid the price.

Before the Giants final game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI, the New England Patriots coach told his team not to get beat by receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

“This is still a Cruz and Nicks game,” Belichick was heard saying in audio recorded for NFL Films. “I know we’re right on them. It’s tight but those are still the guys. Make them go to Manningham, make them go to (Bear) Pascoe. Let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”

The Giants started the drive at their own 12-yard line with 3:46 left in the game and trailing 17-15. On the first play, Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped a perfect pass down the sidelines to Manningham who somehow made the catch and got two feet down for a 38-yard gain.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was also miked for NFL Films and after watching the replay of the grab, he said “He caught it.”

The Patriots challenged whether Manningham was in bounds. They lost, the Giants were in business and went on to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Patriots actually allowed Ahmad Bradshaw to waltz into the end zone with about a minute left so they would get the ball back.

Before the score, Patriots Jerod Mayo and Vince Wilfork are overheard telling players in the huddle: “We gotta let them score, got to let them score.”

(Chang W. Lee/The New York Times)

The Patriots had been forced to give up the ball after receiver Wes Welker failed to make a tough catch that would have given the Pats a key first down as they tried to eat up the clock.

Referee John Parry, talking to another official, was caught on tape saying of the Welker play: “That was the game.”

Among other interesting audio released by the league, Giants players were trying to figure out the health of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He had suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC title game and didn’t appear to be at full speed in the Super Bowl.

In the third quarter, Giants linebacker Michael Boley says: “Hey, 87’s a (expletive) decoy, he’s a decoy. .. He’s about to be outta here.”

I think everyone knew that Cruz and Nicks were going to be players the Patriots wanted to stop but I don’t think they expected Manningham to go off like he did in the fourth quarter. Also, I really liked that they got commentary of the referee’s saying that the game was over after that Welker missed catch. That’s something fans wouldn’t expect from referee’s to talk about the game while it is happening. I guess they knew something special would happen. Well something special did happen, The Giants won their second Super Bowl over the Patriots…

Advertisements

Photo of the Week: Big Blue

February 8, 2012

(Andrew Burton/Getty Images Sport)

I love the way the Giants paraded around New York City today. They deserved it and gave a huge thank you to the fans. Any organization that does that for the people of the city knows they have loyalty and that’s what the Giants are all about. Their loyal fans…

David Tyree thinks he is watching the 2008 Giants all over again

January 24, 2012

Via TheGiantsBeat:

(H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)

In his years as the Giants’ top special teams player and miracle-making wide receiver, David Tyree had never had trouble expressing himself. But when he saw Lawrence Tynes’ overtime kick split the uprights Sunday in San Francisco, he was left dumb-struck.

“I might have been just as speechless as I was when we won the Super Bowl four years ago,” he said in a conference call Tuesday. “To actually see this thing coming to fruition.

“I don’t think anything happens by accident. We’ve always got the storylines of what happened four years ago. You can look at revenge. You can look at the progression.”

So many parallels. Miracle catches — Tyree’s ball-to-helmet with Rodney Harrison draped all over him, and Hakeem Nicks‘ Hail Mary grab in front of two Packers defenders. Eli Manning vs. Tom Brady; Giants-Patriots. The Road Warrior theme.

“It’s impossible to ignore,” Tyree said.

Also impossible to ignore was Nicks’ catch in the conference semifinal that decisively changed the momentum of that huge win over the Packers. Tyree said it had much the same effect as his catch had against the Patriots.

“Beyond the catch, what I liked about it was it was more about momentum than it was about the catch,” Tyree said. “I can say the same thing about my catch. Everybody says to me, ‘When you made that catch, I knew the Giants were going to win the game.’ When Hakeem Nicks made that catch, that probably took about 80 percent of the wind out of those Green Bay fans.”

There could be more heroics forthcoming on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Tyree, now retired at age 32, will be watching, probably in wonderment at how familiar it all looks.

The way this team has been playing feels like the 2008 Giants and the 2011 Packers. David Tyree is one of the all time greatest Giants just for that one play in Super Bowl 42. Now in Super Bowl 46 it could be the same story for the Giants but this is a completely different team that they will see this time around. Tyree was already speechless and in a few weeks he could even be awe struck…

CBS 58’s Donnie Dwyer Sports Broadcast December 5th 2011

December 6, 2011

CBS 58’s Donnie Dwyer covers everything in Wisconsin Sports from the Badgers and their Rose Bowl match against Oregon, Aaron Rodgers and the big win for the Packers to continue perfection. Marquette basketball travels to New York City to play in Jimmy V Classic against Washington. They are ranked #11 in the nation. Tune in to get all the information you want!

Must Starts and Free Agent Pick-Ups for your NFL Week 4 lineups

September 28, 2011

Mitchell Evan’s Week 4 Fantasy Impact Players to add/start:

1. David Nelson: This wide receiver from Buffalo has had a great first few games of the season.  More famous from his game winning catch against the Raiders in week 2, he hauled in 6 passes for 84 yards last Sunday against the Patriots and is a solid flex option for deeper leagues.  With being owned in only 50% leagues, and you have a receiver starting like a Santonio Holmes, definitely pick this guy up and start him.

(Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

2.  Antonio Brown: He has been the most consistent receiver for the Steelers, owned in only 20% of Yahoo leagues, he is a great option if you’re in a 10-16 team league.  Was thrown at 8 times last sunday, and had 4 catches for  75 yards.  He also just surpassed Hines Ward for the number 2 job as a receiver.

3. Eli Manning: I’m not sure how clear to be on this BUT START HIM. He had a huge game last week and plays a struggling Cardinals defense week 4. (who gave up 400+ yards to a measly Cam Newton) He had 254 yards and 4 touchdown’s against the “dream team” Philadelphia Eagles.

4.  Lance Moore:  Lance started off the season on the injury list, almost everyone who had him on their team dropped him instantly, but now since he has come back, he is the number 1 receiver for the Saints. With Colston still on the injury list for a couple more weeks, Moore’s fantasy status should be going through the roof.  Owned in 62% of leagues, you have a good chance of finding him in a league with 8-10 teams in it.  He is a must, and is the most consistent player when healthy, out of the Saints receivers.

Thoughts from Donnie Dwyer:

(Jeffrey G. Pittenger-US PRESSWIR/US PRESSWIRE)

I think this week is a must play for fantasy owners who have Eli Manning. The Cardinals Defense is on and off at times in the secondary but I think when the Giants run the ball with their two-headed monster of Jacobs and Bradshaw it leads to throwing touchdowns for Manning. I also think fans should keep an eye on and pick up receivers Victor Cruz of the Giants, Nate Washington of the Titans, and Danario Alexander of the Rams. Cruz will be the #3 receiver alongside Nicks and Manningham and should have a nice game with single coverage, Washington will get many receptions now that Kenny Britt is sidelined and is a potential 2 TD threat every week, and Alexander is a 6’5 beast of an athlete and can score a ton of balls in the red zone for Sam Bradford. Keep an eye out on those players throughout the week. Enjoy the football and good luck in your leagues… 

Does this math equation work? Eli Manning = Tom Brady

August 16, 2011

(Pinkus/Getty)

The New York Giants quarterback, who does have a Super Bowl MVP award to his name, said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 1050 on Tuesday that he considers himself to be a top quarterback who belongs in the same class as New England’s Tom Brady.

“I consider myself in that class and Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he’s a great player and what you’ve seen with him is he’s gotten better every year and he started off winning championships and I think he’s a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships,” Manning said Tuesday. “It’s funny, you say well he won championships, but the team, but I think know he’s grown up and gotten better every year and that’s what I’m trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best.”

                                                           To read the whole article, CLICK HERE

…I think Tom Brady is not only great but ELITE, Eli. If I am Eli Manning, you cannot even compare yourself to Tom Brady let alone your own brother Peyton Manning. Let me put it this way sports fans, Eli Manning has thrown 113 career interceptions in 6 full seasons and Brady has thrown 103 in 9 full seasons. Not to mention 261 touchdowns for Tom Brady with a completion percentage of 63% and a rating of 95.2. On the other side, Eli has 156 TD and only completes 58% with a rating of 80.2. While these are different numbers based on different situations, the bottom line however is that Eli Manning has put himself up against a wall this year. He now has to back his words up and play as good as one of the best who only threw 4 picks last season compared to his own 25 picks. As a Giants fan, I do love Eli and what he did in those two months of playoff time to bring home a title to New York. However, he cannot be seen as elite until he can prove to me that the Giants can make it to the Playoffs every year, he can win an MVP award, He can make a guy like Victor Cruz turn into a star in the making, and he can win another Super Bowl title. If he can do that, I can say he is at the stage of where Brady is at an above average player. As of right now in the year 2011, he is  very very average…

Former New York Giant David Tyree would give up Super Bowl catch to halt gay marriage

June 20, 2011

Via New York Daily News:

David Tyree was in Albany today, voicing his opinion once again regarding New York’s proposed legislation legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Tyree, known for his amazing reception in Super Bowl XLII that led to Plaxico Burress’ game-winning hookup with Eli Manning, first publicly offered up his thoughts last week, when he said allowing gay marriage would lead to “anarchy.”

Today, he said he trade that catch if it meant halting gay marriage in New York.

“The catch was a gift, it’s not like I’d try to do it. I couldn’t do it again so that was a miracle,” he told the Daily News. “There’s nothing worth more than [maintaining heterosexual marriage] right here for me.”

Would Tyree truly give up his famous grab to stop gay marriage?

“Honestly,” he said. “I probably would.”

“Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored,” he added. “Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs.”

“So I’ll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve.”

Tyree also expanded on last week’s remarks, attempting to explain what he meant by his “anarchy” statement. 

“Once you allow something like same-sex marriage,” he said, “it opens up the door for a continual softening to the backbone of our society, which will eventually, for generations to come, open up the door for who knows, polygamy, and all other [things].”

…This is a post I thought people would like to read because players would give up their achievements for what they think is best for the world. I know David Tyree is very religious and it helped him get in football and make that amazing catch in the Super Bowl against the Patriots. He did a lot of problems when he first got in the league and he found God in his life after that season and that is the reason why he made this comment.  Honestly, this is a controversial topic but because he is so passionate about this topic it makes a fan or a reader tune their ears to this story immediately. I think David wants to do what is best for the world and he feels that the catch is not as important as stopping gay marriage in New York. That is intense and we shall see what happens to this issue in the future…