Posts Tagged ‘Giants’

The hair. The prayers. The UGG’s. You’re going down, babe. Until then, you’re a jabroni, brother.

As if we needed another reason to prove that New York is better than Boston, this makes it crystal clear. Gronk might sit out of the game just because his rap is such a travesty. I’m seriously surprised John Cena wasn’t involved.  And what’s up with the sledgehammer smashing a clock? What does that have to do with football?

This is how you do it, my friends.

It’s like Bill Parcells said, “If you can’t get ready to play this game, you oughta take a hike.” The Giants and Pats are ready. These are two great teams about to play for perhaps the highest stakes there’s ever been. It’s the Rematch of the Century for a reason. A Patriots win eases the pain of Super Bowl XLII, while a Giants win vindicates the 2007 World Title. Brady and Belichick enter the Greatest of All-Time discussion with a fourth Championship, while another Lombardi Trophy make Eli and Coughlin Hall of Famers and the best quarterback and coach in New York football history. Hell, Eli would even have to be mentioned when you’re talking about Ruth, Messier, Mantle, Reed, DiMaggio, Clyde, and Gehrig. Past, present, future. Nothing will be the same after February 5th.


Stone’s Take: I am going to have a heart attack. There’s no way this game doesn’t come down to the final minutes. Both teams are flawed but both teams are also excellent at certain facets of the game. The Giants went into Foxboro in WEEK 9 and closed out the Pats twice without Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks. In my eyes, it was their best game of the year. The Giants have played their best all season when they are challenged. While they may have strayed a bit from their “Talk is cheap, play the game” mantra and exerted supreme confidence, I don’t get the feeling that they think this is a done deal. Led by Eli Manning, the entire team appears extremely focused. If they play with the confidence they’ve been speaking of, the NYPD better start barricading the Canyon of Heroes. Prediction: Giants 28, Patriots 21

Rory’s Take:

I’m going with Plaxico on this.  I feel stupid confident about this game.  And, to be fair, the games this season I’ve felt stupid confident about were the Seahawks game, the home game against the Eagles, and the home game against the Redskins.  So my confidence is making me nervous.  Go figure.  What I love about this game is that, even if the Giants lose, the “series” is still 1-1.  And you know what that means?  Giants-Patriots, 2014, in the new Giants stadium.  Awesomeness.  Prediction: Giants 21, Patriots 17

(Speaking of the Super Bowl, read my awesome review of Bruce Springsteen’s halftime performance at Super Bowl XLIII).

Stone: 7-3 (Last week: 2-0)
Rory: 6-4 (1-1)

Last week’s picks

In Boston, kids this age can barely count to 10 and my little buddy knows the entire Giants roster from Eli Manning to Jerrel Jernigan. Heck, Rob Gronkowski can barely count to 10. Throw this on top of the long list of reasons why New York fans are better than their counterparts in Beantown. At the Super Bowl, Pats fans are going to be so busy figuring out how many yards they need for a first down, they won’t even realize Tommy Brady got sacked again.

And I’m sure this kid’s dad didn’t force Junior to memorize everything against his will or anything like that…

Kate Mara is the princess of the Mara football dynasty. Her big moment came in 2005 when she sang the national anthem at the game after her grandfather, Wellington, died. She nailed it and the Giants went on to win 36-0. By all accounts, she a legit fan. I would be too if my great-grandfather founded the team. Kate’s a pretty good actress as well. She was solid on Entourage and great on American Horror Story playing a jilted mistress in both real life and the afterlife. People may fawn over little sister, Rooney, but I’d want Kate as the tight end of my team. Is there any way she can do the anthem on Sunday? Dayyyyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuuuuum!

Sister Groupie

Posted: February 2, 2012 by Keith Stone in football, NFL
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Everyone knows that one of the perks of being a football player is the ladies. Well, Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich met a special one indeed. Over the years, Herzlich has developed an unlikely bond with a 70-year-old nun in Indiana after she read about his battle with cancer while at Boston College. It’s an incredible story featured in the Daily News and definitely worth a read.

We’re days away from the Rematch of the Century, so why not spend some more time reminiscing about the past? Super Bowl XLII was a battle of attrition. After the Patriots scored a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, neither team scored until the final frame. That’s not to say the game didn’t have its share of big plays. That brings us to the Question of the Week. Get it right and a Gatorade shower is in your future. The answer, as always, is after the jump.

What was the longest play of Super Bowl XLII? (and a hint: it’s not what you think)


Twice this weekend while I was rocking my Eli Manning jersey, people felt the need to remind me that the Giants play in New Jersey. I don’t know if they were just haters or wanted to convert me to a Bills fan, but it’s a moot point. The Giants are my team whether they play in New York, Jersey, or go back to the Yale Bowl. Let’s face it, though. They’re a New York team. When they won the Super Bowl in 2007, there was a parade down the Canyon of Heroes and a rally at Giants Stadium. Fair enough. However, when New Jersey governor Chris Christie was on the Today Show, he said he wanted any possible victory parade to be held in New Jersey since that’s where they play and train. Did I mention that Christie is a Jets fan?

I actually like the guy. He’s a big talker but he can back it up, and he’s probably the most viable republican presidential candidate despite choosing not to run. He’s stood up against anyone that gets in the way of accomplishing his goals. In that way, he’s a little like Eli Manning. Christie needs to know his role here.  Sure, I’m a little biased against parades in New Jersey, but going from the Canyon of Heroes to the Canyon of Hobos in Newark is about as big of a dropoff as Christina Aguilera in 2003 to today.

Chris, baby, I know you’re still a little torn up about about this whole Jets collapse. Losing to the Giants on Christmas Eve probably didn’t help, but don’t be a sore loser. One day your team will have its day in the sun [tries to stifle laughter]. Don’t bring any negative attention to my G-Men. When you and Rex bring home the title at the Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, then you can have your beloved New Jersey parade. Champions do it in the Canyon of Heroes. Until then, you’re a jabroni, brother.

CBS New York

Dedicated to all you Pats fans out there. See you Sunday.

Party Like It’s 2007?

Posted: January 27, 2012 by Keith Stone in NFL
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Katie Baker of Grantland does a great job writing about the pulse of the New York sports fan. She hit the nail on the head again in comparing the 2011 Giants with the 2007 version that won Super Bowl XLII. As awesome as this whole season has been, it does feel like the stakes are higher. The four years before Super Bowls feel like a lot longer, even greater than the gap between the unfortunate XXXV and XLII.  With the rise of the Saints and Packers, getting to the Super Bowl feels like even a bigger feat than 2007 with way more to lose. Fortunately, this year’s team is way more skilled at offense but with one bad bounce or one bad call, none of that might matter. Come next Sunday, we’ll see if the wait was worth it and if this playoff run, as incredible as it seems, is greater than the one that saw the demise of the only 18-0 team in history.