Thursday, October 26, 2006

What John Madden Said About the Giants

Scott Fowler, who writes about the Carolina Panthers, published an interview he had with John Madden the other day. Most of it was, predictably, about the Panthers, and also about the team they're playing next, the Dallas Cowboys. But Madden happened to remark that he thought "the best two teams in the NFC right now are Chicago and the New York Giants."

I'm not going to argue with John Madden.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Big Names in Baseball

I was just looking at the web comments on the MLB playoffs and I was struck by a photo of one of the Oakland A's (hanging in the playoffs by the tips of their fingernails at this very moment), or rather by the caption under it. Talking about the previous game they had lost to the Detroit Tigers, it said "Milton Bradley said it best: 'It was all Kenny Rogers.'"

What hit me was that I don't really know those players but I would definitely recognize their names--on other people. Kenny "The Gambler" Rogers is a famous singer, and Milton Bradley...well maybe that's not a person, but the name is the board-game company, right. But those names have been well known long enough--what were their parents thinking? I think people should at least start out with their own name to go through life with.

Monday, October 02, 2006

How Did the NY Giants Spend Their Bye Week?

I hope the Giants have been practicing a lot, including the fine art of letting bygones be bygone. When I read some of the comments going back and forth right after our, uh, not-too-successful (as in 42-30) encounter with the Seattle Seahawks, I was getting the impression that our favorite game of both coach and many players was not football but blame.

Actually, I shouldn’t use that term, because it is tiresome the way “blame game” gets tossed out to block constructive criticism. We all need to be open to practical ideas for improvement, including the members of the team that’s at the bottom of the NFL heap as regards pass defense. Happily, Will Demps had some encouraging comments, and they centered on strengthening communication, building trust, and of all things, having fun. The NFC East is the toughest division, and the Giants have a rough schedule. But we can have a great season if we can act as a team and have some fun.