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2016 Preseason Is Finally Here

The drought is over. As much as I enjoy it, there is only so much poker I can watch in June and early July at the WSOP to get through to football training camp.  (Spoiler, here are the Main Event’s November Nine.) The NY Giants embark on the 2016 season with two glaring weaknesses as I […]

NBA and NFL Contract Insanity

NBA Free Agency got started this week and eye-popping salaries were delivered to 2nd tier players. We are talking $16M PER YEAR numbers for guys who score an average of 7 pts per game.  For multiple years.  And these contracts, unlike the NFL, are mostly guaranteed (sometimes the 4th year may not be guaranteed). We got […]

Choosing Wrong

Trust me, when they get to Wilt Chamberlain (around minute 9), it gets good.  UltimateNYG good.  Moneyball good. THIS AMERICAN LIFE PODCAST And then they get to Thaler.  We blogged about Thaler 6 years ago.  We read his paper and linked to it prominently back in the day.  We even have a rule about how […]

NFL Draft: WR vs OT

Wide Receiver or Offensive Tackle? Which one is the better pick in Round 1 & Round 2? We analyzed the NFL Drafts from 2006-2012 in the first 2 rounds to see how those WRs and Ts did.  Some people do not like it when I refer to WRs and RBs as “toys,” so I felt that […]

NYG Glass Half Full?

It is way too early to get into predictions about how the 2016 season will unfold.  Last year at this time, we penned an article that got bullish on 2015, qualified it with how we would obviously need to see what training camp/preseason looked like, but 3 days later disaster struck.  Will Beatty tore his […]

2016 NFL Draft: Day 3

The Giants did not get value in Round 1 through Round 3.  But that changed in a big way on Day 3. Wonder, the UltimateNYG draft analyst, was very positive on Round 4 pick BJ Goodson and he was even more effusive on the 5th rounder RB Paul Perkins.  Lastly, Round 6 Tight End Jerell Adams […]

2016 NFL Draft- Round 2 & 3

The Giants drafted WR Sterling Shepard and S Darian Thompson. Shepard was ranked 49th by us out of our top 50, so he’s a good solid player. He’s got good hands. He’ll be able to help the team because he’s a good WR. But just like with Eli Apple, another good player, the Giants missed […]

NYG select Eli Apple

Last year, the Giants were hot for T Brandon Scherff.  That was telegraphed and leaked. More on the leaks later. We did not like the prospect, certainly not at 9th overall, because we did not project Scherff as a Tackle, and believed he was going to be a Guard.  You do not take a Guard […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 7: Eve of the Draft

Part 1: Four realistic possibilities that we prefer for the Giants in Round 1 are T Ronnie Stanley, DE DeForest Buckner, DE Shaq Lawson or CB Vernon Hargreaves. Part 2: When you pick 10th overall, certainty should be high and risks should be low. Prospects that have had bad injuries in college like Myles Jack […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 6: Wonder’s Draft Board

Our analyst is not going to dilute his opinion to fit in with the masses.  He is unequivocal that this 2016 NFL Draft s*cks for talent.  Wonder: “If I can’t get one of my Top 6 guys for the Giants at 10 overall (especially considering they are taking 2 QBs early who are not in […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 5: Offensive Tackle Etc..

There are two classes of OT.  Tunsil and Stanley are in Group 1.  Conklin, Decker, Spriggs and Ifedi are in Group 2.  So there are 6 really credible players who are candidates for the Giants to play at T for the next 8-10 years.  Of course Tunsil will be long gone.  But the other 5 […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 4: Wonder’s Sleeper

Some people have Wonder’s sleeper as the 13th rated QB in the NFL Draft.  NFL.com has this QB as the 9th best of a weak class.  But Wonder thinks the Giants can take this QB in Round 2 (or Round 3 if they think he can fall to that spot) if he passes the interview and […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 3- More Player Evaluations

Generally speaking, our Draft analyst Wonder believes that 2016 is a weak class.  That starts with his belief that all 3 QBs who are featured prominently in Round 1 discussions are not Round 1 quality.  Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch are not Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, whether they get drafted […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 2- Floors and Ceilings

When our draft analyst, Wonder, looks at a college prospect, he sees a relief map. He projects where a player will get to in the Pros but he also gets a sense of their ceiling and floor. Ceiling is potential upside. Floor is worst case. You’ve seen him at times label a player feast or […]

2016 NFL Draft Part 1

Installment #1.  We will cut right to the chase and dig right in with who the Gmen can take with the 10th pick in the 2016 Draft. Last year was the very first year where the Giants took exactly who our Draft analyst wanted them to take- Ereck Flowers.  Obviously a lot will happen between […]

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