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September 20, 2005

Tuesday Morning Quarterbacks

I apologize to Gregg Easterbrook for swiping the name of his old column. Just thought that maybe I'd start a thread for people to crow, whine, or cry about their teams.

I hate saying this -- because I've been hurt and heartbroken so many times before -- but I am starting to think the NY Giants are for real, at least as a solid playoff contender. The special teams have gone from a dismal liability to a shining asset, the defense actually seems to be okay (for years, the Giants' defense was much-praised, owing more to team history than actual performance), and damnit, the team's most glaring weakness -- its offensive line -- seems to be doing a good if not great job in pass and run blocking.

Eli Manning is actually throwing catchable balls.

Jeremy Shockey is actually holding on to them. That was always his liability. He had great virtues as a receiver, but, sadly, successfully receiving a thrown ball was not among them. (Yeah, I know he's a tight end.)

Every play I scream "put in Brandon Jacobs" because I love watching him smash into people with abandon. But these screams are a little dampened by Tiki Barber scampering 8, 12, or 15 yards every few runs.

And Gibril Wilson is just fun, because he hits like a sonofabitch despite his small size. And his name is close to "Gerbil," which is fun to say.

Meanwhile, there's the Packers, the Lions, the Chargers, the Ravens, etc.

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