So there’s no steak that comes with this meal?
Defending Superbowl champions , the New York Giants come into this year’s campaign looking to make a successful defense of both the Superbowl itself , as well as their NFC East divisional title . My own thoughts are these , the division is no longer the most glamorous in all of football and the idiots who continue to buy into this nonsense that the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are still forces to be reckoned with , have absolutely no damn idea as to what the hell they are talking about ! Now, in spite of the Eagles having a great winning streak going, as the waning moments of their 2011 season petered out. What we have to look at , is the very fact is that this so-called team , is one in name only . Michael Vick remains an ever-present force and the established talents of LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson remains , and there is no denying that the Eagles do remain something of an offensive threat . However , what I have heard, no one mentions, fans or professional analysts , or otherwise , state is that the Philadelphia Eagles are a team that at times , who can become disinterested , completely complacent, and who are simply of belief that they can get by on raw talent alone . Instead , repeatedly the fans are sold “ a bill of goods” as to what we should expect from the Eagles , year-in and year-out . There comes a time where we have to ask , ‘ when is enough, enough’?
The sorrowful loss borne by head coach Andy Reid over the loss of his son, Garrett Reid , has cast a giant shadow over the team’s preparations for the preseason and their regular season schedule . Reid , has already returned to the team’s headquarters, rather than remaining with the members of his immediate family. Team owner , Jeff Lurie has consoled his long-established coach personal friend but he understands that it is the head coach’s wish to be back amongst his players. I fully expect the Eagles’ players to rally around the head coach and try to make a success of this season ! Now comes the hard part, talk is cheap , and it will be the actions of this team that dictates whether or not 2012 will be a successful year for the franchise .
The Philadelphia Eagles will play hosts to the Pittsburgh Steeler to open their preseason schedule . Both teams aspire to make the postseason and it will be down the quarterbacks , Michal Vick and Ben Roethlisberger to make that scenario a reality. Reid and his coaching staff used the off-season to refocus their efforts on this roster , with their being a number of moves in the acquisition of free agents , while others were allowed to leave. In the 2012 Draft , the front office were judicious in taking players they felt would best contribute to the team’s needs. For Fletcher Cox , Mychal Kendricks , Vinny Curry, Nick Foles , Brandon Boykin, Dennis Kelly , Marvin McNutt , Brandon Washington and Bryce Brown . This will be their welcome and “baptism of fire “ in the NFL this season. A great deal is expected of Cox Curry and Kendricks, who were taken in the first two rounds of this past NFL Draft.
With each passing season you have to lament the ineptitude shown by the Dallas Cowboys. I am sorry but if you are trying to convince yourself after almost a decade in the league , Tony Romo is now at the point in his career , where his time has come to be considered a success . Then might I interest you in a piece of prime real estate on the outskirts of Homs, in Syria ? You not need worry about the property being in a war-torn area of the Middle East. Look , once that war is over , the death and destruction will be the least of your problems . It is laughable to even consider Romo one of the top ten quarterbacks in the NFL but yet praise has been heaped upon a player who has yet to win meaningful game over the course of his career . The biggest hindrance to this franchise, remains its bombastic owner Jerry Jones . He’s the 1,000lb gorilla in the room along with a herd of stampeding elephants . His constant micromanaging and the very fact that each decision as it relates to the franchise must have his final seal of approval , remains a constant reminder, why the Cowboys will always fall short at the final obstacle in their way . Then throw in the fact that Jason Garrett’s questionable game strategizing and decision-making is along the lines of an indecisive introvert. If Garrett were playing a game of chess , I can assure you that it wouldn’t take long beat this guy decisively in less than ten moves ! Heir-apparent and Jones’ golden child , Jason Garrett’s time , as the head coach of this franchise is now at a point where the owner may well have to reconsider his options in assessing the incumbent head coach.
The sole fact perhaps to see the Cowboys play , is to see the intensity brought to each game by DeMarcus Ware ! And just as a reminder why it’s not great to take hype over talent consider the “problem child” known as Dez Bryant. Now if I hear one more lame assed excuse, that his home life , socio-economic status played a part in this player’s latest outburst , which led to Bryant physically assaulting his mother . Then for all sense and purpose, the idiots now jumping to the player’s defense , specifically minorities, what is that you have failed to understand by Dez Bryant’s monstrous actions? My question to those being so quick to defend the player, would you be of the same mindset, if it were your mother being attacked? Wake the f#ck up and stop it with this idiocy! .
John Mara, the billionaire owner of the New York Giants would like nothing better than for the franchise to stage a Superbowl at MetLife Stadium , home to both the Giants and co-inhabitants , the New York Jets . What might now be endangering that situation at present is a proposal now being supported by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) . Christie is proposing a gambling initiative within his state that would allow for gaming beyond the controlled environment of licensed casinos and OTB’s (off-track betting) . In light of this the hierarchies of MLB , NBA , NHL and the NFL are seeking an injunction in the US Federal Courts to completely stop the initiative in its tracks . Mara insists the proposal would hinder the Giants’ chances of hosting Superbowl at the franchise’s home venue and Governor Christie’s initiative does violate a Federal statute already that exists. Now given that the gambling industry plays a significant part in the NFL , especially along the lines of the odds-makers in Las Vegas laying the lines, that sees tens of millions being wagered each week that the league (NFL) is in existence and the mere fact that Superbowl weekend becomes an explosion of activity, as it believed that close to close to $1.5 billion in bets are wagered on the event , not just domestically but also with off-shore betting enterprises .
Courtesy of NY Daily News
Gov. Christie wants to bring gambling to the Garden State which Mara thinks would hurt shot at hosting future Super Bowls
By David Sanchirico , NY Daily News
It’s John Mara vs. Chris Christie. Place your bets now.
The Giants co-owner waved his finger against the New Jersey governor’s attempt to legalize sports gambling in the money-desperate state of Garden State. To Mara, if Christie defeats a lawsuit with the four major professional sports organizations and the NCAA against the proposal, MetLife Stadium won’t be hosting any more Super Bowls after 2014.
“If New Jersey goes ahead with its plan and has sports betting, I don’t think there’s a chance in the world of us getting another Super Bowl,” Mara said to the USA Today. “I’m not concerned about this Super Bowl, but I will say this: It would be difficult for us to get support of the other owners for another one.”
Christie signed the Sports Gambling Law in January, which would legalize gambling on both collegiate and professional sports in the fall. In response, the four major professional sports leagues, plus the NCAA, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Trenton, citing that the law is in violation of the 1992 Professional and Amateur Protection Act. The leagues also fear that the spread of legal sports gambling could damage the integrity of their respective games.
The governor certainly does not fear the lawsuit.
“We’re going to win,” he told the Asbury Park Press. “I don’t believe the federal government has the right to decide only certain states can have sports gambling. And it does not acknowledge that there are illegal sports gambling going on in every state in America. So why is this more injurious somehow than illegal sports gambling?”
New Jersey has been under federal prohibition against sports gambling since 1994, when the federal government launched a nationwide law prohibiting betting on sports. Christie’s longing for betting will change that if he defeats the sports organizations.
With so many states around the country seeking new revenue streams and with many of them facing budgetary shortfalls , Chris Christie may well have felt this initiative was the best way forward for the beleaguered Garden State. The state legislature has yet to address the issue of bloated $10.5 billion deficit that both legislative chambers even working through bipartisan endeavors cannot seem to agree on anything. Governor Christie portrays himself as a socially fiscal Conservative but somehow for all of that talk there has little tangible to show for it all by the governor and both state Democrats and Republicans in New Jersey. This is a picture that is now being painted right across the country within state and municipal agencies struggling to find a sound fiscal standing . Consider that this is now taking place within the state of California , where that state legislature is simply clueless as to how best to address their own financial malaise and where it now has the governor , Jerry Brown is calling for certain aggressive tax increases while cutting back on spending. on a number of discretionary infrastructure projects. It should be noted the state is now furloughing state employees but the irony of this situation is that the state is now spending more money per-capita annually on incarcerating state prisoners , than they now do in spending on the education of students within the campuses of the UCLA collegiate system . Who says that crime doesn’t say ? All this from a state with the nation’s largest prison population , while having a $16.5 billion ($16,500,000,000) budget deficit , that shows no signs that it will be dealt with expeditiously the state legislators.
John Mara , along with several prominent NFL owners, Robert Kraft , Woody Johnson , Stanley Kroenke , Jerry Jones and Steve Biscotti petitioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to put a halt to New Jersey’s proposal. I am not so sure how the four major sports’ professional hierarchies can interject themselves into something that is simply state issue in terms of the statute being proposed in New Jersey . At the same time it does seem asinine that they would also seek to oppose gambling when it has become part of the minutiae of professional sports . Each of these sports has their very own issue to worry about and be acutely concerned with, and it remains to be seen how each deals with those problems.
As a New England Patriots’ fan , seeing the team succumb to the New York Giants in the Superbowl for the second time in five years , has me now wavering on whether or not my sanity can remain intact. Fool me three times , and I’m liable to go postal up in this b##ch! It is what it is! Every NFL franchise must meet their “ Waterloo” , in the case of the Patriots the Giants have now become a “thorn in the side “ of the New England franchise. Bill Belichick, hopefully, will have learned something from those two defeats .
Tom Coughlin working in conjunction with GM Jerry Reese have now molded a formidable talent base for this franchise to be a success for years to come . And similarly, this year, no chances were taken in terms of the players drafted and as it relates to the character and maturity. Granted , the team lost Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham to free agency with both players joining NFC rivals the San Francisco 49ers .
There is now , no doubt in my mind that Tom Coughlin will be Canton bound upon meeting the criteria for his enshrinement into the Hall of Fame ! With his mindset, he has single-handed brought this franchise back to prominence and his doubters have now fallen into line , in supporting the veteran NFL coach. The NFC East is the Giants’ to lose but I do believe that they will be tested in part by their divisional rivals , specifically by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coughlin’s players will begin the defense of their title with the customary preseason preamble of four games , that pits them against the Jacksonville Jaguars , New York Jets , Chicago Bears and New England Patriots . The first of the quartet of match-ups takes place at Everbank Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, this Friday. I would expect that as the Giants’ preseason unfolds a number of the first team players will get the chance to re-acclimatize themselves with the rigors of the game. The first-team offense and first-team defense will no doubt be eager to get on the field and provide and indicator to the coaching staff that they are ready or the rigors of the regular season . In their 2011 preseason schedule the New York Giants went 2-2 , with victories over the Chicago Bears 41-13 and New England Patriots 18-17 . One should not at put much credence into to those results, as merited by the final preseason standings before the teams embarked on their regular season schedule.
The New York Giants’ 2012 schedule begins on the 5th September 2012 , with the team’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey . Week two and Tom Coughlin’s team will again be at home, hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .
Now whether or not , Eli Manning can reproduce the form witnessed last season , where he guided the Giants with a great deal of aplomb during the regular and postseason , it remains to be seen . Certainly, Manning aided by an offensive line and a defense that at times, was uncannily proficient in their execution . Justin Tuck , Osi Umenyiora , Mathias Kiawanuka , Joseph Linval , Jason Pierre Paul and Aaron Ross will be looking to anchor a defense has to be considered one of the better defensive units not just within the NFC but the NFL as a whole .
Eli Manning , like his elder sibling , Peyton Manning , is now looking to write his own dramatic chapters to his now credible career. A far cry from 2004 when the player was taken as the number one overall pick, from that year’s draft . Having left Ole Miss , with something of a distinguished career , there were many who questioned whether or not he could surpass the feats achieved in college but better yet, be the equal of his brother. Controversy surrounded the reasons why Eli Manning refused to go to San Diego when it was suggested that Chargers’ GM A J Smith made inquiries as to his willingness to make his career there. With Eli’s father , Archie Manning interjecting himself in this all , the patriarch would categorically state that his son would not be playing in San Diego , with the San Diego Chargers . The AFC West franchise would instead acquire —- Philip Rivers. In the subsequent years, these two franchises the Chargers and Giants , have each had their high and lows.
Given the ever-changing landscape of the NFC and the very fact that the issues of the New Orleans Saints are now being magnified to ever-increasing proportions and causing greater embarrassment to the NFL and its image. Each season the fans I believe have an idea as to which franchises will be viewed as contenders and which can be deemed pretenders . Standouts in the category of contenders would have to the Green Bay Packers , San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons and the Eagles . I am not completely sold on the Chicago Bears , as I feel that Jay Cutler has yet to overcome psychologically , the events that took place in the 2010 NFC championship game that ended in a disastrous 21-14 loss to the eventual Superbowl champions of that season , the Green Bay Packers.
It is still early days yet , so we can either choose to use the preseason as a gauge as what to expect this upcoming season within the NFL . As to Chris Christie’s intent and how it might change the perceived landscape within the NFL and the wagering that takes place on the games . I firmly believe the league’s legal challenge is all too little too late ! Wagering on sporting events has been a long-held tradition that goes hand-in-hand with the events themselves . Where would be the thrill of the Superbowl for the fans who’ve placed a wager bet on the game?
In light of what is now being proposed by the state of New Jersey , do you believe that it will be the for the betterment of the NFL sporting experience Or do you simply believe that New Jersey governor’s actions are that of a politician whose sole motivation is simply that of someone who is now completely devoid of ideas in how best rescue his state’s massive budget crisis ? Lastly, do you believe that the New York Giants as the defending Superbowl champions are capable of making a legitimate defense of their title ? If yes or no, then clearly state your reasons why.
Picture and slide show details below for your perusal .
(1) New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin watches his team, the defending Super Bowl Champions, practice at the New York Giants NFL football training camp in Albany, N.Y., Saturday, July 28, 2012. AP Photo/Kathy Willens ….
(2) New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, right, chats with running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) during a practice at the New York Giants NFL football training camp in Albany, N.Y., Friday, July 27, 2012. AP Photo/Kathy Willens …
(3) New York Giants co-owner John Mara, center, pauses to answer reporters’ questions at the New York Giants football training camp in Albany, N.Y., Friday, July 27, 2012. AP Photo/Kathy Willens …
(4) Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick and coach Andy Reid stand on the sideline during a moment of silence for Reid’s son Garrett, who died Sunday, before an NFL preseason football against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Michael Perez ….
(5) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on June 8, 2012 in Rosemont, Illinois. CPAC is being hosted by the American Conservative Union. Christie seeks to have gambling reinstated statewide , after a federal ban instigated in 1994 , due to organized crime and racketeering that engulfed the state and led to the downfall of prominent politicians and judicial advocates during an FBI investigation. Atlantic City at present remains the only locale where there is legalized gambling within the Garden State. Many view the governor’s actions as the only way to assist the state from financial ruin because of their bloated state deficit which currently stands at a whopping $10.6 billion . Getty Images North America / Scott Olson ….
(6) California Gov. Jerry Brown (R) signs a legislation authorizing initial construction of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail line with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) and state and city officials looking at Union Station on July 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The bill authorizes $10 billion in state bonds to start construction of a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The “boondoggle” that the state legislators believe will create in excess of 100,000 jobs as part of an ongoing infrastructure project . Much of this however , is based upon the premise that the state would be given Federal aid once the project is up and running . The figures being bandied about in terms of that aid ranges from anywhere between $8-$14 billion . Getty Images North America / Kevork Djanszejian ….
(7) Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) and wide receiver Brandon Stokley (14) talk on the sidelines during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The Broncos would defeat the Bears 31-3 ……. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast ….
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