Posted tagged ‘New York Giants’

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…

Big Trouble in Big D? Are the Cowboys’ struggles exaggerated?

October 3, 2011

Four weeks into the 2011 NFL season and the Dallas Cowboys have blown two double-digit fourth quarter leads. Quarterback Tony Romo has faltered under pressure, something he’s been known to do in the past and has thrown four critical interceptions in games against the Jets and Lions to derail his teams chances at winning. For Cowboys fans, it’s more of the same as Romo has garnered a reputation for wilting under pressure and despite his impressive statistics and many broken franchise records, most fans are saying it’s time to move on from the inconsistent QB.

The problem though, is that it isn’t time. Not even close.

The Dallas Cowboys currently boast a 2-2 record, a record that by all means should be 4-0. But the reason that they should be 4-0 is the same exact reason they’re at .500, Tony Romo. When Romo is on point, it’s hard to argue that he is among the best gunslingers in the league. Since taking over the Cowboys in 2006, he’s led them to two division titles in the ultra-competitive NFC East and led the Cowboys to their first playoff victory since 1996 in the 2009 playoffs. Romo holds the single season franchise record for Cowboys QB’s in touchdown passes (36), passing yards (4,483), and completions (347).

However many, including Cowboys fans themselves, consider him to be a subpar competitor that chokes late in the season and lacks the mentality to lead his team to post-season success. In fact, I’d go as far as to call Tony Romo the most criticised franchise quarterback in the history of the NFL. It didn’t help matters last season when Romo led his team to 1-4 start before being lost for the entire season during a Monday night game with the division rival New York Giants.

Backup Jon Kitna took Romo’s place and lost his first two starts, including a humiliating beatdown at the hands of eventual Super Bowl Champion’s the Green Bay Packers before the Cowboys made the move to replace Head Coach Wade Phillips with Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett. Kitna would improve his play dramatically, leading the new head coach to a 5-3 record with all three losses by three points or less. This led to some ridiculous calls for Kitna, a 13-year veteran to replace Romo as the starting quarterback.

Heading into this season, Jason Garrett made sure to establish that Romo would remain the starting quarterback. Four weeks into the season and Romo has thrown for 1,200+ yards, 7 touchdowns, and 5 costly interceptions. Sloppy wins against the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins have been sandwiched in-between meltdown losses to the Jets, and the Detroit Lions just this past Sunday. Although Romo has received all the blame for the Lions loss, I’m not so sure Jason Garrett should be let off the hook that easily.

Romo, who was playing with serious rib injuries, played about as good a half of football as you’ll ever see to open the game and lead the Cowboys to a 27-3 lead over the undefeated upstart Lions. The thing that doesn’t make sense, is that they kept passing the ball for.. no reason at all really. Despite having three quality running backs in Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, and DeMarco Murry at his disposal, Jason Garrett continuously called passing plays and Romo ended the day with 47 passes. 47 passes, after having a 24 point lead is an absurd number. Especially since the running game was working, Felix Jones was averaging 3.6 yards per carry and Tashard Choise 6.5!

Romo eventually threw 3 interceptions, 2 that went for touchdowns and the Lions pulled off a shocking second half comeback to give Dallas their second heart-breaking loss of the season. Things like this lead people to forget how good a team actually is, but with the Cowboys that shouldn’t be the case. The fact is, the Cowboys have played 3 bad quarters of football this season, only 3. There are a lot of coaches in the league who wish they only had 3 bad quarters so far this year, and this Cowboys team is as talented as they come.

The Cowboys defense limited the dynamic Lions offense to just 3 first half points, until turnovers forced them back onto the field constantly against the dynamic tandem of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson – something no defense in the league can stop as much as the Cowboys defense was asked too. You also have to remember that Romo is playing with broken ribs, broken ribs! Romo has made several bonehead mistakes that have cost the Cowboys, several this season already but he’s also put them in position to win every game they have played, he’s just struggled to consistently perform through 4 quarters each game. Remember, this is a guy who missed half of the season last year, and has been playing hurt for three weeks already this season.

And there’s another reason the Cowboys aren’t in trouble too. The NFC East, really isn’t that good.

I know the Redskins and Giants are 3-1, but neither team has exactly lit the world on fire. The Eagles dream team hype is but a distant memory, as they coughed up a big lead of their own in San Francisco to fall to 1-3. The Redskins offense, despite being better than expected with Rex Grossman, Tim Hightower, and Ryan Torain surprising most with their production still is not a threat to the better teams in the league – teams like Dallas. Although they play excellent defense, until they figure out the quarterback situation I don’t believe the Redskins are a contender in the NFC East. The Giants on the other hand have the opposite issue, they have been dynamic on offense so far this year with Eli Manning playing some of the best football of his career. If the Giants defense didn’t have somebody else dropping every other day, they would probably be a contender but they are far too banged up to consistently beat the better teams in the league. It took them a late comeback to beat the below-average Cardinals just this past Sunday.

And then the dream team, probably the most ill-fated nickname in NFL history barring a dramatic change in fortunes. Michael Vick and co. are getting beat up, Vick has been injured twice already and they are suffering just as many mental miscues as the Cowboys. While it’s hard to write them off just yet with so many games left to be played, with the poor protection/decisions of Michael Vick it’s hard to imagine him leading them to many wins this year.

And then there are the Cowboys. America’s team, led by the most criticised, polarizing quarterback in the league today. The Cowboys’ offense is nothing short of dynamic, albeit banged up as well. They lead the league in completions of 40 or more yards with 5, but Romo’s ribs are still hurting, Felix Jones has been beat up most of the year, Dez Bryant has struggled to stay in practice, and Miles Austin is currently out with a hamstring injury. They also have probably the best tight end in the game today, with Antonio Gates struggling with injuries, Jason Witten. We’ve seen how explosive and dynamic the Cowboys offense can be, it’s just a matter of them staying on the field and putting it together.

The defense, spear-headed by the explosive DeMarcus Ware, currently 3rd in the league with 5 sacks, which has quietly opened up as the fourth ranked defense in the league, and the best against the run. The Cowboys will enter this week on a well-timed bye, getting a chance to rest up some of their banged up starters and prepare for a huge showdown in Foxborough against the Patriots.

Tony Romo and the Cowboys are down at the moment, but a manageable schedule coupled with a struggling division could be just what the doctor ordered for America’s Team.

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.”

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…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…

A look back to Super Bowl 42 and the catch

January 25, 2011

ESPN.com  is doing a nice piece on the David Tyree catch from Super Bowl 42 when the Giants upset the New England Patriots 17-14. ABOVE, is a clip of David Tyree explaining everything that happened in the play and what it meant to be a part of history. Here is a quote of the century from David Tyree regarding the final countdown: 

“At that point, everything in me was just saying, I’m not letting this ball go. One hand was dislodged from the football and I just knew I was going to hold onto the ball with my other hand, not knowing that my helmet was the only thing that was giving it a brace. So, it was just a moment of destiny.”

This was the greatest Super Bowl and the greatest catch I have ever seen. Even if you are not a Giants or Patriots fan it is still up there as one of the best ever played. Tyree is out of football but gosh will his heart be ever ingrained in New York and Super Bowl history…

Green Bay Packers still mad at 07-08 Giants

January 18, 2011

From the Green Bay Gazette:

Greg Jennings remembers how sick he felt following the Green Bay Packers’ overtime loss in the NFC championship game three years ago against the New York Giants.

Jennings sat in front of his locker for a good 15 minutes after everyone else left, still in uniform.

“That was a bitter taste,” Jennings recalled on Monday

“It was a sense of, boy, we got here and we let one slip away.”

The Packers came agonizingly close to earning a Super Bowl berth that season. Jennings doesn’t want to experience that feeling again as the Packers prepare for another NFC title game on Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

There are 23 players on the Packers’ 53-man roster that were on the team in 2007, including 10 returning starters.

“I’m sure everybody that went through the experience in ’07 has a personal memory of what they thought maybe they could do differently or how they can learn from that experience,” said Packers coach Mike McCarthy. “I’ll be a better coach this time, the second time around, and the players that went through that game I fully anticipate them to be better players.”

If there’s one overriding lesson from 2007, it’s that opportunities like this don’t come around very often and you must seize the moment.

“It’s hard to get to the championship game,” said McCarthy. “And that’s why it’s even more important to reinforce what we’ve been reinforcing to our team, (which) is to stick to who you are.”

Tramon Williams wasn’t a starter in 2007 but contributed on special teams and as a nickel and dime cornerback. Now he’s a playmaking starter with three interceptions in the Packers’ last two playoff victories.

Williams learned that regular-season results don’t translate to the post-season. The Packers had beaten the Giants 35-13 during Week 2 of the regular season in 2007. But that wasn’t the same team they faced in the playoffs.

“You can’t think you’re going to play the same team that you played earlier in that year,” said Williams. “Once you get into the playoffs, that means the team’s hot and they’re playing well and that’s the way you’ve got to approach it.”

The Packers were favored in their home matchup against the Giants three years ago, just like they’re favored to beat the Bears at Soldier Field.

No one is saying the Packers took the Giants lightly, but you can be sure they won’t underestimate a Bears team that beat them in September and has won three of the last four matchups at Soldier Field.

“I didn’t realize we were the favorite for this one,” said linebacker A.J. Hawk when informed oddsmakers side with the Packers by three points.

“It doesn’t really have an impact on our team, what we’re going to do. … We’re going to go out there and do our job.”

Jennings is motivated by the memory of the Giants whooping it up at Lambeau Field three years ago.

“That’s one thing you have to take with you, the feeling you had or we had coming off that field at home and seeing another team celebrating on our field, on our turf,” Jennings said.

He would love nothing better than to inflict that same feeling on the Bears Sunday.

This article is really amusing. Makes me realize how much Packer fans are still upset about that game to this day. I go to school in Wisconsin and the fans still get in my face about how it was their year. I still believe they would have gotten destroyed  by that undefeated Patriots team if they went to the Super Bowl. However, they were a heck of a team. This years team reminds me of the Giants team that went to the Super Bowl and maybe the same result will take place. But all that matters for Packers fans is that the Bears are awaiting to eat some cheese at Soldier Field on Sunday…