Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Should the Giants Bring Tiki Barber back?

As many of you already know, former Giants great Tiki Barber is considering coming out of retirement. He currently ranks 1st in franchise history with most career rushing yards and only trails Amani Toomer in receiving yards. With that, he's been a cancer in the locker room since 2005. In the beginning of 2006, he announced his retirement and he did not act like part of the team that season. Sure he finished with an impressive 1662 rushing yards, but constantly bashed the coach and still will not shut up about how Tom Coughlin supposedly does not know how to coach even right before inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor.

So why on earth would the Giants bring him back now that Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for over 2,000 yards last season? It's simple. If Barber can act like one of the guys, and teaches Bradshaw to hold onto the football, he can be a true asset. After all, Barber struggled with fumbles the majority of his career, fumbling 35 times over a 4-year span before Tom Coughlin (yes the same Coughlin that Barber has fun bashing) saved his career by changing how Barber throws the football, and only fumbled the ball 9 times in his last 3 seasons. If Barber can help Bradshaw out, then I'll welcome him to the team.

Would I be worried about Barber dividing up the locker room? Yeah, a little bit. Then again, all Coughlin or anyone else has to say is "I've got a ring, where's yours?" and he won't have anything to say. I bet he still loses sleep at night thinking about that the Giants won the Superbowl the year after he retired.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Number One Concern: Player Safety

It's a good thing the Giants' brass sent the right man to represent their players. Here is a quote from the Giants' All-Pro center regarding these talks.

“I almost hope we don’t (reach a deal this week), because that would be a bad deal for us,” The one thing that bothers me is when I hear people say players haven’t asked for anything. I don’t agree with that. “There’s things that we need and we want as players. The fact that we only have five years of health-care coverage post-retirement, that’s alarming to me. Especially when you hear the owners and the league talk about player safety, player wellness.”

Now that is alarming to me. Every few weeks during the season you hear about an ex-NFL player that is dealing with brain damage or other head injuries caused by a large amount of concussions. Sure most of the players that retired have a lot of money, and don't need it. We're not talking about Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, whose great, grandchildren are set for life. We're talking about guys that played for a few seasons or a career backup player. They might make a pretty penny, but certainly not enough to pay for brain surgery if need be. 

One of the major issues is how to spread around $9 billion. Another issue is how to improve player safety. Why not use one to help the other? Improve the players' healthcare and that will go a long way. The players are what bring in the benjamins, not these fat owners. Help them out.