Posted by | Madison | in Super Bowl

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Relax, we’re not dead.  Though I’m not exactly sure where Alikat is.   I lost track of her sometime during the championship Sunday afterparty and then promptly lost track of myself for the next week wherein the operative phrase was “partied some more.” 

I think I heard something about Tom Brady in a walking boot, and I partied some more.

Tom Brady didn’t practice all week and I partied some more. 

The Giants spent an extra day in New York to go over their Super Bowl offense and I partied some more.

And though I have re-emerged, I am a little scared to blog about the Super Bowl for fear of jinxing my team.  It’s an odd little bind to be in.  For most of the season, I kind of cut a greatest hits EP of trashing my favorite team:

1. Tom Coughlin Saved His Job With a Shitty Win

2. Eli Manning’s Downward Spiral

3. We’re Not Crazy, We’re Just a Little Unfocused

4. Fat Backup in a Little Coat

I credit my trash blogging, including this famous post, for getting Big Blue to this point (and all those little things like executing plays, heart, and shit like that). 

Seriously, Steve Tisch, this past season was my audition for team motivational speaker.     

But now, the question is, do I stop?  Do I stop making fun of Eli Manning?  Do I stop calling out their liabilities so that they will change them?  I don’t want to be known as a negative Nellie and I want to be able to enjoy the fact that my team is in the Super Bowl.  But if I lay off Big Blue, will that make them lose on Sunday?  That’s a responsibility that I just couldn’t stand to bear…particularly if they should lose. 

Argh.  Frustrating.

Anyway, here’s a cool little tidbit:  for all you fuckers who get down on Eli for not being a big game player (me included), it turns out that he actually kind of is a big game QB.  This article suggest that Eli plays up or down to his competition. 

A comparative look at Manning’s passer ratings this season indicates a special intangible: He gets psyched for big-time competition and tends to play poorly against the NFL’s lesser teams. For example, Manning’s passer rating in the season-opening loss to Dallas was 113.1. His rating in that epic season finale against the Patriots at the Meadowlands, a 38-35 loss in which the Giants squander a 28-16 third-quarter lead, was 118.6.

Against the Dolphins in Week 8, Manning completed only 8 of 22 passes and didn’t throw a touchdown, giving him a 44.9 rating.

In his last four games, Manning has thrown eight touchdowns and one interception. He was clean in the frigid NFC Championship Game victory at Green Bay, throwing no interceptions and not fumbling.
     

   

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Comment by Educated Bet on 2008-01-29

Eli is still getting adolescent acne around the chin strap and forehead.
It would be great to see him pass for more yards than his older bro.
I am glad your back…Peace..Iron Mike


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