1) We heard from players and coaches in the aftermath of the game with the skins that it wasn’t just routinely 8 men in the box. There were times it was 9, even 10 men in the box.
2) Details of how Burress tried to cover up the incident. Here is the problem- you make one mistake by carrying an unlicensed gun. Since there is no harm intended, your first mistake, no criminal record, you can TRY to look past that. But when you start trying to cover up, bribing hospital workers, having friends take away evidence, it is the cover up. Ask Martha Stewart how much time she would have served if she came clean. ZERO. She would never have been charged with anything. DA’s hate obstruction of justice, they don’t like the cover up one bit.
3) Giants weighing options. Oh, joy.
4) A local group of my alma mater has scheduled their holiday party at 1PM-5PM on Sunday December 7th. Aren’t any of them Giants fans?
5) Wonder asks aloud, how can it be that Revis and Rhodes are that gifted and yet the defense can be so woeful vs the Broncos? Answer- poor defensive schemes. Message-we take for granted the answers Spags has every weekend.
6) Speaking about taking things for granted, ever notice how the defense does not miss tackles?! Phillips, for one, is the hoover vacuum cleaner. Limiting those yards after catch is why our defense keeps us in games, bending but not breaking. One of the best parts of that 5 set DVD of the 2007 season was hearing Strahan’s voiceover of the Super Bowl (of which, even my WIFE enjoyed!). One of the most revealing remarks he made was how the coaches preached (in preparation for the game) how important it was to do the ORDINARY. How making the tackle was so ordinary yet so important. This 2008 team is paying attention to detail and doing the ordinary. Not a complete surprise, but if you do the ordinary well for an entire season you end up with something extraordinary.
7) Did you see the hit put on Wes Welker by former NY Giant Ryan Clark in Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Patriots? Those of you reading this blog know we do not cheer, highlight or advocate the violent side of this game… with that qualifying remark stated, I confess to thoroughly enjoying seeing Welker get popped. Like they state in the article, “it wasn’t dirty, it was football.” Going over the middle subjects you to that risk. It still frustrates me to no end to watch that little piece of brown avoid and maneuver through there without any consequences. All I can say is the truth, that I got a tremendous amount of satisfaction from seeing someone finally nail that guy.
8) Under separate heading, we applaud the SAME article for trying to beat back this trend in pussifying the NFL. From now on, when anything like this happens where a guy gets a penalty and/or gets fined for NORMAL FOOTBALL, we are simply going to refer to it as the PFL. Nothing more needs to be said. Write a letter to:
Commissioner Roger Goodell
National Football League
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
9) The Giants are -8.5 vs the Eagles. What is so impressive (or weak, depending on your perspective) about the handicapping is that you have to remember it was only ~3 weeks ago the Giants were +3 at the Linc. So what does that say? Under normal circumstances, the Gmen would be -3, since a FG is the difference between a neutral field and home (6 pts difference between home and away). For the line to move another 5.5 points is staggering. Considering how the Eagles manhandled the Cardinals, my interpretation is that it says more about the Giants getting their business done than anything else. They are 10-2 versus the spread this season.
10) When the defense shows 8 men in the box, I would throw it 100% of the time. If they have 6 men in the box, I would run it 100% of the time. Obviously those numbers are slight hyperbole. But you get the idea. You must punish these teams if they want to take away the run. Brown them where they breathe. 9 men, 10 men in the box? They are overcompensating for our rushing attack in such a bad way. Gilbride is not all the way there yet, but he sure has come a long way from the Bengal game. He had Manning passing plenty, and with a lot of success, and then those dumpoff slip screens right behind the box, pretty. To illustrate how far Gilbride has come this season, there is NO WAY he calls the slant to Hixon (on 1st and 10 from the 3 after the INT by Ross) in the Bengal game, and probably not vs the Steelers either. A run on that play gets two yards MAX, they were loaded in there like sardines. Absolutely fantastic call. Worth the price of admission.
12) Some of the other players in the Giants locker room after the game: “Let’s go to Applebee’s.”