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September 21, 2012

Week 2 Giants (1-1) 41- Tampa Bay (1-1) 34
The Giants had a fantastic comeback despite the poor officiating and the un-flagged Bucs’ fouls. The most egregious foul came at game’s end when as Eli was taking a knee and a TB defenders fired out at full strength knocking Eli to the turf (no penalty but a memory). Eli was 31/51, 504yds. The team had over 600 total yards. Nicks and Cruz each had double figure catches with close to 400 yards. The NY DBs have to get better. TB passed for 243 yards
Steelers (1-1) 27- Jets (1-1) 10
The rumored Jet D doesn’t seem to be that good having given up 721 yards and allowed 55 points in two games. Roethlisberger was 24/32, 275; Jets passed 10/27,138yds. and ran 28 times for 66yds. What “wildcat” offense?
Week 3 Giants (2-1) 36- Panthers (2-1) 7
After the Giants scored 40pts in a win over the Bucs, some of the southern guys were saying that they wanted to see if the “G-Men” could do it again.
Well they didn’t score 40 but did score 36 in beating Carolina.
Darden, Bennett, & Brown were asked to step-up and play in place for injured regulars. Step-up they did(Darden 9/138, Brown ran 20/113)
The Giant D only gave up 60yds on the ground but allowed 288 in the air (no TDs); remarkable, on three days’ rest.
Elite QBs
Greg Cote (Miami Herald) ranked some of the top NFL QBs:
“Elite 1. Tom Brady, Patriots; 2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers; 3. Drew Brees, Saints; and 4. Manning, Broncos. Near elite 5. Eli Manning, Giants; 6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers; and 7. Philip Rivers, Chargers. Next tier 8. Matt Ryan, Falcons; 9. Joe Flacco, Ravens; 10. Matt Schaub, Texans; 11. Matthew Stafford, Lions; 12. Tony Romo, Cowboys; and 13. Cam Newton, Panthers.”
More On Bounty-Gate
Dan Daly (DC Times) had these thoughts: “The league has always contended that some of those big plays were deliberate attempts to injure. The question has always been: How much? But that isn’t the question Vilma and the others have been preoccupied with. What they’ve been preoccupied with is: How much does the NFL really know, and how much do we have to admit to? Or to put it another way, it’s become a battle between the Best Interests of Football and the Best Interests of Four Players — and there’s no intersection between the two. Up to now, the Bounty Four have been perfectly content to hang the whole thing on a rogue coach (Williams) who’s been banished from the league for a year. That “affect the head” business? Oh, that was just Gregg being theatrical. Nobody took that seriously. One piece of evidence the NFL showed the union, though, listed the Saints‘ “2010 ‘kill the head’ totals,” Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reported. “It’s a simple column that has player names and then the phrase ‘kill the heads’ with numbers underneath. Vilma, for example, had 62 kill the heads.”
Workload Bob Molinaro (HamptonRoads.com) wrote that, “It’s hard not to be cynical about the NFL’s professed concern for players’ health and safety while teams are asked to go to work on short rest in order to satisfy the Thursday night schedule. When the Ravens play the Browns on Thursday, Sept. 27, it will be Baltimore’s fourth game in 17 days.”
“Sawx” Sale
Tony Mazz (Boston Globe) talked about some rumblings. “Charles Gasparino of the FOX Business Network has reported that the Red Sox are at least “mulling” a sale in the wake of the historic trade that felt like a corporate gutting. Henry denies this. On the baseball side, Boston felt liberated by the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, and Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the business side, people like Gasparino saw it as a quarter-billion-dollar downsizing that could make the Sox far more appealing to prospective buyers. The truth, as always, probably rests somewhere in the space between, and we all know that semantics are everything when the temperature gets hottest. If the Sox are “mulling” a sale, does that mean they will sell? No. But even Henry has publicly stated that he never intended to own the club for more than 20-25 years, which puts him and his partners somewhere around the 50-yard line.”
NHL Lockout?
John Feinstein (DC Post) wrote that, “The NHL wants more and it wants the players to accept less — again. The players, led by former baseball union chief Donald Fehr, are willing to accept some cuts — but not the cuts the owners want. And so, there is a good chance that hockey fans — arguably the most loyal fans in sports — will face another fall without hockey. What’s worth remembering is that this is not Fehr’s first rodeo. He ran the baseball union during numerous work stoppages, including the strike of 1994-95, when the owners cancelled a World Series and actually began spring training with replacement players.
And then there’s one other question: Do the two sides understand how sick and tired all fans, even hockey fans, are of hearing millionaires bickering with billionaires?”
Melissa Hernandez
Melissa Hernandez (18-3, 6KO), from the one time “House of Champions” Webster PAL Center beat Jelena Mrdjenovich (28-9, 14KO) in British Columbia, for the WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association featherweight title/WBC female featherweight title in a 10 round unanimous decision. A lot of the amateur boxers from Webster, which ended its boxing program, have found a home representing the “Teddy Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Program.”
Cold in Houston Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) talked about the effects of weather, “July 2012 was the hottest month ever recorded, according to the Weather Channel. Try telling that to the Astros. They went 3-24.”
Say what?
Dwight Perry passed along this quote from Brad Dickson (Omaha World-Herald), “Andy Roddick, 30, has retired and Vin Scully, 84, announced he is coming back for another season. For those of you who don’t follow sports: This is not a misprint.” Pineapple Surprise Dwight also gave us, “An army vet fishing for bass near Springfield, Mo., reeled in a sock with a live hand grenade in it. It’s already being hailed as the fastest catch-and-release in angling history.”

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