Tag:Plaxico Burress
Posted on: September 22, 2009 11:10 am

Super Mario!

Many thought that Domenik Hixon or Hakeem Nicks would have to step up to fill in for Plaxico Burress' enormous shoes, but both went down with injury.

Enter: Mario Manningham.

Eli Manning was able to rely on Manningham 10 times throughout the game, ultimately leading to a game-winning field goal in some of the worst conditions most people will ever have to play in.  The expression on Jerry Jones' face was priceless.

The most impressive thing about Manningham in the game against the Cowboys was the effort he put forth when the game was close (which was just about the entire time).  His ability to stay focused made him seem like a veteran.  One example of this was on his touchdown catch where he stuck with the ball after bobbling it.  In addition, on his comeback routes, he really came back towards the quarterback to shed the defenders, fighting for the ball and the extra yardage.

But let's not take away what Steve Smith did too.  He is definitely Eli Manning's most consistent receiver, and has stepped up where Amani Toomer left in the off-season.  Many people don't realize that Manning relied on Toomer heavily on third down situations, which is where Steve Smith has shined.  Smith also had 10 catches and over 100 yards receiving.

Eli Manning also looked a lot like his brother, notching his 12th 4th-quarter comeback in his career.  Though Eli usually plays very well in his first 8 to 10 games of the season, it seems as though he has solidified himself as a veteran, and perhaps even an elite quarterback in the NFL.

The thing that I like most about the Giants current situation is that their upcoming schedule looks fairly soft.  The play Tampa Bay next week (watch out for Carnell Williams!), then Kansas City and Oakland.  If the Giants are able to win their next three games (which is not easy considering they're in the middle of a 3-game road trip), they'll be 2-0 in the division, 3-0 in the conference, and 5-0 overall.  That will be very useful as their schedule gets harder.
Posted on: September 14, 2009 4:11 pm

Giants vs. Redskins

After watching the Giants game on Sunday, I've got some mixed feelings about Big Blue, though mostly positive.

First, the Giants defense looks as good (or better) than most people expected.  The best sight of the game was Osi returning Campbell's fumble for a touchdown.  Justin Tuck played very well, especially under pressure, and the Giants defense only gets better when they're backed into the redzone.  The pass defense could have been better, but only really gave up a lot of yards on one drive.  Corey Webster had an amazing interception, and Portis was held to under 100 yards rushing.

The Giants offense had it's usual ups and downs, but I was very proud of the way Eli was able to spread the ball around early in the game.  In the first quarter, he was able to dump the ball off to 7 different receivers.  It looks as though the Giants may not need to have an all-star receiver to replace Plaxico, but instead use a committee approach.  Mario Manningham played well, and Steve Smith continues to be a third-down savior.  Boss played pretty well too.

The one thing that worries me about the Giants is their inability to close games.  It seems as though they get to a comfortable lead, and then slowly allow the other team back into the game.  I'm not sure whether it's their play-calling or the mentality of the players, but a 17-0 lead should not go to waste.  I almost feel more comfortable with the Giants being down by 3-6 points in the 4th quarter, because (despite what many people think) Eli plays very well in the clutch.  Their stalled efforts in the redzone throughout the game did not help, and they could have easily won by 20+ points if it weren't for that fake field goal, which was beautifully executed by the Redskins.

All in all, I'm happy with the Giants performance, despite the injuries to Nicks and Ware.  They will have to play better against the Cowboys because they looked phenominal against Tampa Bay.
Posted on: August 20, 2009 12:18 pm

Plaxico Burress

As angry as I was at Burress when he shot himself in the leg last year, I can't help but feel a little disappointed in the legal system in New York after Burress agreed to two years in jail.  As poorly as the New York government is run, don't you think two years is a little ridiculous?  In fact, two years very well may be justified, but it just doesn't translate well to other crimes committed by football players in the last couple of years.

Take Stallworth for example.  While drunk driving, he runs over and kills a pedestrian.  He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and didn't end up having to even be in jail for that long.  Though he is on probation for a long long time, less than 30 days in jail is nothing compared to two years.

Michael Vick.  Two years in jail for running an illegal operation, severe animal abuse, and lying to the public.  He ends up in jail for less than two years with a decent probation sentence.  Please tell me how Vick's crime equals Plaxico's.

Finally, look at Pacman Jones.  Although in most of the instances he has been involved in he hasn't been charged, this guy is clearly much more of a menace to society than Burress.  Plaxico had no previous record, whereas Pacman is constantly in trouble.  Some team will end up signing Pacman this year, and he'll get in trouble once again.

When it comes down to it, if me or any readers were in Plaxico's situation, we'd be looking at 2 years in jail also.  But accidentally killing someone while drunk driving?  We'd be locked away for years.  Let's have a little consistency here.
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