Friday, February 18, 2011

Rockies Love Their Quarterbacks

We all know about Eli and Peyton Manning, but what about their college backups? Of course, they are on the Colorado Rockies. Eli's backup, Seth Smith, and Peyton's backup, Todd Helton, have had pretty good baseball careers. That's not all the quarterbacks the Rockies have gotten involved with. In 2000, they selected Michael Vick in the 30th round (887th overall) just about a month after being selected 1st overall by the Atlanta Falcons. So that got me thinking.

Say if there is no football this year. Could anyone on the Giants try their hand at any other sports? Afterall, two-sports stars were common in the 1990s. We all know about Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan and Bo Jackson playing both baseball and football. Heck, Tom Glavine was selected in the 2nd round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

It's safe to say that almost everyone on the offensive line could not play any other sport. Could you imagine a 325 pound 3rd baseman? I know I can't. One person that comes to mind is Hakeem Nicks. He's probably the best athlete on the Giants, and he wouldn't be a bad addition to the New York Knicks (no pun intended). The Islanders need all the help they can get, and Kevin Boss is very good at pushing people around. I think he'd make a great enforcer in the National Hockey League. It'll be awfully tough for any Giant to go over to baseball for one year, because it's very tough to figure out how to hit in a short period of time.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Things Getting Ugly

It's one thing to be aggressive during the CBA talks or to disagree with what people have to say. It's something completely different to disrespect two of the top quarterbacks ever to play in this league while doing so. As many of you know, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees went to the meeting to talk about one of the more important issues in the NFL, player safety. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who is being the loudest voice in the meeting, asked the two star quarterbacks, "What do you know about player safety?" That is just like asking 'What does Bill Gates know about computers?'

No matter what topic is discussed, one question that has to be asked is 'how will this affect the player's safety?' What better way to understand by asking two players that have been around a long time? Of course, Peyton Manning has played in 227 consecutive games including the playoffs, but he has been hit a bunch of times. He certainly knows a thing about player safety as does Drew Brees, who has gotten hurt quite a number of times on the field.

One thing we do not need during these meetings is name calling and shows of disrespect. They are not on an elementary school playground. They are all grown men talking about the NFL. Some of the people that read this really do not like Peyton Manning, but everyone has to respect him, just like Andy Reid. I can't stand him, but I have to respect him, since he's a great football coach.

The more I read about this, the more I think that 2011 will be a shortened season at best, which is a shame, since the Giants have a chance to be a great team next year.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Solution To The Revenue Issue

As many of you fans know, the labor talks have stopped for now. One of the biggest issues going into those talks are what to do with the 9 billion dollars in revenue. Like many of you that read this, I don't understand how much money that is, but I will take a guess that you can change a lot with that money. Maybe we've been too difficult on the players for being big babies, since the owners are just as bad. Does Robert Kraft, owner of Kraft Cheese or Dan Gilbert, owner of Intuit, really need anymore money? Take a page out of late Giants owner Wellington Mara's book and spread the money around. Mara was one of the biggest advocates of revenue sharing, and the Giants made a ton of money.

So what do you do with the money? Do you spread it out equally throughout the teams and give them each $281,250,000? No, that would be giving these owners too much money that the teams would never see. There's a better solution that I guarantee that no one has brought up, since everyone in the NFL are greedy. Let the NFL keep 1 billion dollars, spread out another billion to the 32 teams and donate 7 to charity. The $1,000,000 is plenty for the league to overcome any lawsuits it may face, as it's more than enough to spread throughout all the teams. Each team gets $31,250,000 to keep the owners happy. Now I don't know what you can do with that kind of money, but I guarantee that 7 billion dollars will be able to change this country somehow.

Here's a radical idea. Give $100,000 to 7,000 of the poorest families in America. One big problem in this country is that the richest 10% of the United States have more money than the bottom 90%. This will never happen, because no one really cares about changing anything especially those rich, fat cats that are running things.

The owners shouldn't have any say here. Let a group of average fans making $40,000 a year decide what to do with that money. Isn't football played for the fans anyway? Or is that just what the NFL wants us to believe?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Go For It!

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has officially begun. During the offseason, I will talk about general NFL topics not just the Giants, even though most topics will be centered around Big Blue. Congratulations to the  Super Bowl XLV champs, the Green Bay Packers. However, that is not the purpose of this post.

I was scratching my head at the end of the game. It's 4th and goal at the 5-yard line, the Packers have the ball and they are up 28-25 with just 2:10 to play. Conventional wisdom would say to take the points, but I don't think that is the right call there. Granted they won anyway, so it's a moot point. You might think I'm crazy, but I think you have to go for it there. You kick a field goal and what's the best thing that can happen? You're up 6, and you have to give the ball back  to the Steelers, risking a long kickoff return, which the Steelers are certainly capable of. The Steelers would be going fr the endzone here, so being up by 6 might actually be worse than being up by 3, since when a team is down by 3 they are just thinking about scoring a field goal and forcing overtime. A touchdown wins the game right here.

What happens if you go for it? The Packers have arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, so you could trust him. If you go for it, the worst case scenario is you give the ball back to the Steelers on their own 5 yard line with just 2 minutes and one timeout left. Actually the worst thing that could happen is the Steelers could run it back for a touchdown, but for argument's sake, we'll say that won't happen. With 1 timeout left, the Steelers would have to go about 65-70 yards for a makable field goal. So the worst thing that can happen is you go to overtime, barring a miracle touchdown. We've talked about the worst thing that can happen, but what if the Packers are able to score a touchdown on 4th down? That pretty much ends the game right there. You make the Steelers score 10 points in 2 minutes. While not impossible, that's not going to happen.

Sometimes you just have to throw the book out the window and just do what you think is best. What really made me shake my head is that none of the announcers even mentioned going for it. If you have Aaron Rodgers and the other team has just 1 timeout, you go for the touchdown on 4th down.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Now We Wait!

This week leading up to the Super Bowl has me thinking. With the big game just a few days away, when is the next time we will see Giants football? Of course baseball season is just 2 months away, so many of us will be occupied until September, but we don't know if we'll end up seeing football then.

That's a real shame, because next season is the season that I am most excited for. Yes, this is more exciting to me than the season just after the Super Bowl. Why? I want to see how great this team can be if they can cut down their turnovers, improve their special teams and get some line backers. Last year, they were in the top 6 in total offense and defense and failed to make the playoffs. The Giants just have to make a few minor adjustments and they are in.

The upcoming fall in 2011 is going to seem like a long time without the Giants especially if the Mets continue their level of play that they've shown the last few seasons. Hopefully CBA will get signed, so we won't have to worry about this!