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Posted by Gene Morris on August 19, 2009

Brett Favre causes emotions to flair

The opinions have been flying over Brett Favre’s decision to sign a contract to join the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. If I was a Packers fan I would be extremely upset that Favre decided to sign with a division rival, and as a sports fan I just don’t want to hear anything else about this over exposed story.

Vikings legend Fran Tarkenton, who had been outspoken in the past about the Favre situation, spoke out again today. “Wouldn’t you be upset if you’re a Packer fan? I think you’re going to have Packer fans burning the No. 4 Favre Green Bay jersey. I think the Packer fans have every right to be outraged,” he said on “The Opening Drive” on Sirius NFL Radio.

ESPN’s Howard Bryant wrote a column in which he sided with Favre and against those speaking negatively about the indecisiveness of the veteran quarterback.

Jeffery Chadiha had a differing opinion, calling Favre “selfish” for showing up at training camp three weeks after his teammates and making the story about himself instead of a solid team with playoff aspirations.

Usain Bolt reaches 200-meter final, South African teen to undergo gender testing

The worlds fastest man, Jamaican Usain Bolt, easily reached the finals of the 200-meter after running his heat in 20.08 seconds. This comes just days after he destroyed the world record in the 100-meter, clocking in at a time of 9.58 seconds. The finals of the 200-meter take place Thursday.

The other big story coming out of the World Championships involves Caster Semenya, a female runner from South Africa.

Semyena ran away from the field in the 800-meter, but the big story involved the fact that it was announced earlier in the day that she would be undergoing a gender test because of concerns that she doesn’t meet the requirements to compete as a women.

The process will take weeks to perform and involve a multitude of different doctors.

Brandon Marshall back in the headlines, again for off the field incidents

Denver Bronco’s wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a specimen of an athlete and great performer on the field, can’t seem to stay out of the headlines for his actions off of it.

Marshall spoke out against the Broncos organization after hearing that a team public relations staff member told the rest of the team to not gloat over the fact that Marshall was acquitted of misdemeanor assault last week. Marshall made sure to mention “trust issues” between himself and the team.

This incident was far from the first time that Marshall has had brushes with the law.

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New York Giants: 10 Things To Watch For in ‘09 (Part 2)

Posted by Chris Monahan on August 18, 2009

6. The Linebackers- Finding Some Consistency

Other than Antonio Pierce and the MLB position, the OLB position has been a revolving door for New York the past few years. In the offseason the Giants addressed the need by drafting Clint Sintim, an aggressive pass-rushing specialist out of Virginia. They also added Atlanta linebacker Michael Boley in free agency. Boley can cover a lot of ground and is a sure tackler but suffered a serious setback when he underwent hip surgery in the offseason and is still not close to seeing the field.

Returning from last season is Danny Clark who started 15 games in 2008 and played admirably. He should lock up a starting position in week 1. Keep an eye on 2nd year player Bryan Kehl who continues to show improvement and has starter written all over him. Kehl is an intelligent player who is always in on the tackle and some think he could be a starter on the team for years to come. Zak DeOssie and Chase Blackburn will see some reps at the position but are better suited for special teams and bench roles. Look for Clark-Pierce-Kehl to be the starters week 1 with Sintim getting plenty of work in pass-rushing situations.

7. Eli Manning Becoming an Elite QB

Last week, Eli Manning signed a 6 year $97 million extension making him the highest paid player in the entire league. Now that Eli is getting paid elite money, he’ll be expected to play at a consistent, elite level. No one is questioning Eli’s ability to win games for the Giants. He has already proven that time and again. People will now look to Eli to play at a pro-bowl level game-in and game-out.

Manning has shown steady improvements the last 2 seasons in addition to a growing confidence. His ability to produce in the clutch at the end of games is evidence of this. Statistically, Manning had the best regular season of his career in 2008. He finished with career highs in completion percentage (60.3 %), quarterback rating (86.4), and he also threw a career low 10 interceptions. The Giants are a clear, run-oriented team which helps take some pressure off Manning. All he has to do is limit his mistakes and lead the team down the field to score in any way possible. The good news is he is already doing just that. A few extra TD passes also wouldn’t hurt. Expect Eli Manning to have the best season of his career in 2009.

8. Week 2 @ Dallas

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The Giants travel to Dallas in week 2 for the regular season opener of the Cowboys new billion-dollar-mega-stadium. This primtime matchup between two division rivals is sure to be hyped up beyond belief. Dallas is looking to put their troubles of the past 2 seasons behind them by christening their new palace with a victory. The Giants and their fans would like nothing more then to spoil the party and give Dallas something else to cry about. You can argue that its impossible to have a must-win game in week 2, but try telling that to the Cowboys and their fans. This is a game that could set the tone for Dallas’ season.

9. The Last Season at the Current Giant’s Stadium

In 2010, the Giants will be moving into their own brand new stadium and will be leaving behind a field that was home to 3 Super Bowl Champions. The Giants will look to leave it on a high note as they try to make it a 4th.

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  • September 13th vs. Washington
  • October 11th vs. Oakland
  • October 25th vs. Arizona
  • November 8th vs. San Diego
  • November 22nd vs. Atlanta
  • December 6th vs. Dallas
  • December 13th vs. Philadelphia
  • December 27th vs. Carolina

10. Can They Win Super Bowl XLIV?

You can make a legitimate argument that on paper this is the best Giants team in recent memory. Make no mistake about it, this is a team expected to win it all. Along with a proven QB they have arguably the best defense, offensive line and running game in all of football. All the ingredients are there for a run at the title. New York was 12-4 and the number 1 seed last year but ran out of gas towards the end. With the moves they’ve made in the offseason, that should not happen this time around. Standing in the Giants way this year are the always competitive Eagles and Cowboys, the defending NFC champion Cardinals and a large number of other teams with legitimate playoff aspirations. Coach Tom Coughlin understands and has a great feel for his team and will never let them take any opponent lightly. The Giants thrive in the underdog role, but this season they may have to do it as the favorites. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if New York is playing in Miami on February 7th.

 

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New York Giants: 10 Things To Watch For in ’09 (Part 1)

Posted by Chris Monahan on August 14, 2009

1. The Wide Reciever Position

Plaxico Burress is merely an afterthought and the Giants can finally move on. A position that many consider a weakness for the Giants, wide reciever might turn out to be a strength. The talent is certainly there, they’ll just need someone to take that jump to the next level.

Steve Smith was targeted by Eli Manning often last year and is the most reliable posession reciever on the team. Dominick Hixon has deadly speed and can get by almost any secondary but just needs to show more consistency. Hakeem Nicks, New York’s 1st round pick, isn’t flashy but has sure hands, is tough to bring down and can contribute right away. Watch out for 6 foot 6 inch Ramses Barden, a 3rd round pick by the Giants. He has been stellar so far in camp and could be the “green” zone threat the Giants have missed since Burress’ departure.

2. The Best D-Line In Football

The thing that seperates New York’s defensive line from any other is the vast amount of depth and versatility. Almost every player is starter quality and each one will get considerable reps in 2009. This depth will keep each player fresh as the season goes on.

The line is anchored by Pro-Bowler Justin Tuck who can play inside and out, pressure the QB and stop the run. He has quickly become one of the best in the business. The return of Osi Umenyiora from injury will help draw double teams away from Tuck as well as Mathias Kiwanuka, keeping the pressure rampant. Newcomer Chris Canty also adds to the lines versatiliy and his huge frame will help swat down balls on the outside chance the QB is able to deliver the pass. Rocky Bernard joins Fred Robbins, Jay Alford and Barry Cofield at the tackle position which made great strides in ’08 and should be even better this year.

3. Brandon Jacobs. Period.

The video says it all. He’s probably my favorite player to watch in all of football. One of the greatest things to watch is Jacobs breaking through a line, finding the open field and then watching the carnage that ensues. He can alter a game like very few can.

4. More Ahmad Bradshaw

Anyone who watched the Giants Super Bowl run in 2007 knows how big of a part Ahmad Bradshaw played. Now with the departure of 1000 yard rusher Derrick Ward, Bradshaw should have a more featured role in the Giants offense. Bradshaw features blazing speed and an unstoppable motor that allows him to push the pile to pick up the extra yards. He has averaged 6.1 yards per carry in his short career and can be an excellent compliment to the bigger Jacobs.

In the NFC Championship game, Bradshaw had a 40+ yard TD run called back on a weak holding call. For me, that was one of the better running plays i’ve seen in recent memory. He ran with extreme conviction and skill. Giant fans should expect to see more of that in 2009.

5) Kenny Phillips becoming the safety the Giants have lacked

For years the Giants have lacked a true playmaking safety in the secondary. With Aaron Ross and Corey Webster having locked up the cornerback position, look for Phillips to do the same with safety this year. He showed flashes his rookie year and has all the tools to be that guy; great speed, strength and just overall good instincts. He has made some stellar interceptions in camp and can add a whole new dimension to the Giants defense if he progresses the way everyone is expecting him to.

Look for Part 2 (6-10) of My 10 Things to Watch For in ’09 in the coming days. Eli Manning, New and Old Stadiums and Super Bowl Aspirations.

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Brett Favre Stays Retired

Posted by Gene Morris on July 29, 2009

Brett Favre told the Minnesota Vikings today that he will not play for them this upcoming season. He told ESPN’s Ed Werder, “It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made.”

Thank god this saga is over. We’ve been over saturated with Brett Favre stories the past few off seasons, and I’m very happy we won’t have to hear about it anymore.

Until he changes his mind again at some point. I’d say at this point the odds are low but I would not put it past him.

Because it’s not like we haven’t see that before.

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Michael Vick Reinstated On Conditional Basis by NFL Commisioner Goodell

Posted by Gene Morris on July 27, 2009

The news has finally come down today and Michael Vick is on his way back to the National Football League.  Vick’s conditional reinstatement will be decided on by Goodell by week 6.

Let the outrage begin.

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