|The following are official NFL transactions for Tuesday, February 5. Transactions will be published each day after they are circulated to NFL clubs. This public version will include waiver requests, assignments via waivers, terminations, free agent signings, reserve list and practice squad additions and deletions, and trades. It will not include waiver claims, tryouts, suspensions, etc.
Ok here’s something crazy. If the Bears, Vikings and Cowboys lose next week and the Giants win, Giants get the wildcard. And my question is, do I want them to be in after the way they played against the Ravens and Falcons. I knew these two games were going to be hard ones but it’s like they didn’t even try against the Falcons but they looked completely lost against both teams. As if they forgot how to play the game. No, wait, they didn’t even show up. And what aggravated me more is how the players and fans were continuing with this bullshit about last season and how it happened then so it’s gonna happen again. Yeah… I wasn’t even pissed or upset, I was disappointed with the lack of defense, lack of offense and lack of trying. There was no motivation, no drive, no emotion. And now that there’s a small chance for them to be in, it’s like what is the point? Lets just put everyone including the players out of their misery and start over next season. There was too much talk, too much cocky attitudes and too much of the past talk. We live in the present. It’s a new season, forget what you did last season, it’s about right now, today, what can you do today? How are you going to play? Do you want it more than other teams? Do you think you have what it takes to win another championship? If you think so, then play like it. Show everyone that you are better than what is being showed. Injuries? Who the fuck cares!!!! That’s not an excuse! Players need to step up! I said this about the Jets and I’m saying it about the Giants. Seriously! And Eli is looking like the old QB. He’s not looking like that Champion QB we remember from 2011 season. And he should be looking better.
I was disgusted with the lack of play I saw today. And the thousand and one flags didn’t help their situation at all. While I won’t compare the way the Giants were playing to the Jets or Eagles but it was close to it. And now if things go their way, do they honestly deserve to be in the playoffs? Would they even be able to get passed the Wildcard with the way they have showed up against good teams? I don’t really think so. Maybe if they get heads out of their asses and focus on the game at hand and keep thinking, it’s all or nothing, then maybe, just maybe there’s a chance. But I don’t believe it and I don’t think I’m gonna regret saying what I’m saying cause I haven’t seen much of anything from them. They haven’t been consistent this whole season. The good games they have had, Cruz, Bradshaw, Wilson have been amazing. Eli has been amazing! Defense has been awesome. And then you see nothing out of them in the next game. They literally fell of the face of the earth in November and that’s when we got the whole “We had a slump last year around this time and look at where we ended up! Well be fine.” Not quoting anyone but that’s pretty much sums it up. And the last two games have been absolutely disgusting. It was watching a train wreck and believing deep down they will come back and never did.
I’m a huge Giants fan and I love my team and wouldn’t care if they didn’t make it or if they sucked but if you tried, I’d be OK with this. But the lack of that has made me a very disappointed fan. Hopefully next season well see something better.
For the 8th day of our Holiday Gift Guide we have selected to give you a run down of our favorite sports books. Many of these titles have come through the What’s Brewin in Sports hallways.
An English Lit major at the University of Tennessee, Dickey is as articulate and thoughtful as any professional athlete in any sport-and proves it page after page, as he provides fresh and honest insight into baseball and a career unlike any other. Fourteen years ago, Dickey was a heralded No. 1 draft choice of the Texas Rangers, only to have an $810,000 signing bonus, and his lifelong dream, ripped away by an X- ray-and the discovery that he did not have an ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow. Five years ago, he gave up a record six home runs in three innings to the Detroit Tigers-and was effectively consigned to the baseball scrap heap.
Sustained by his profound Christian faith, the love of his wife and children, and a relentless quest for self-awareness and authenticity, the immensely likable Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded, life- affirming big leaguer. He emerged as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010-and the knuckleballing embodiment of the wonders that perseverance and human wisdom can produce. Dickey views his story as one of redemption. Readers will come to see it as something more-a uniquely American story of beating back demons, listening to your heart, and overcoming extraordinary odds.
Paterno by Joe Posnanski
Joe Posnanski’s biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach’s personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno’s life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno’s legendary career.
Joe Posnanski, who in 2012 was named the Best Sportswriter in America by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was with Paterno and his family as a horrific national scandal unfolded and Paterno was fired. Within three months, Paterno died of lung cancer, a tragic end to a life that was epic, influential, and operatic.
Paterno is the fullest description we will ever have of the man’s character and career. In this honest and surprising portrait, Joe Posnanski brings new insight and understanding to one of the most controversial figures in America.
Sports Illustrated Football’s Greatest by Editors of Sports Illustrated
This is the book to end all arguments-and to start many others. Who’s the greatest quarterback of all time, Joe Montana or Tom Brady? Brett Favre? Who was the most dominate linebacker, Lawrence Taylor or Dick Butkus? Was Deion Sanders better than Ronnie Lott? Are the Packers of Steelers the greatest franchise ever? Sports Illustrated has polled its pro football experts to determine the Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stirring photography and classic stories from SI’s archives.
This is the best of the NFL’s best, or more simply, FOOTBALL’S GREATEST.
With traditions, records, and Fighting Irish lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Notre Dame fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Notre Dame covers the game day walk from the Basilica to the Stadium, Joe Montana’s legendary comeback performance in the 1979 Cotton Bowl, and the history of the green jersey tradition.
The football team at the U.S. Military Academy is not like other college football teams. At other schools, athletes are catered to and coddled at every turn. At West Point, they carry the same arduous load as their fellow cadets, shouldering an Ivy League–caliber education and year-round military training. After graduation they are not going to the NFL but to danger zones halfway around the world. These young men are not just football players, they are soldiers first.
New York Times sportswriter Joe Drape takes us inside the world of Army football, as the Black Knights and their third-year coach, Rich Ellerson, seek to turn around a program that had recently fallen on hard times, with the goal to beat Navy and “sing last” at the Army-Navy game in December. The 2011 season would prove a true test of the players’ mettle and perseverance.
Drawing on his extensive and unfettered access to the players and the coaching staff, Drape introduces us to this special group of young men and their achievements on and off the field. Anchoring the narrative and the team are five key players: quarterback Trent Steelman, the most gifted athlete; linebacker Steve Erzinger, who once questioned his place at West Point but has become a true leader; Andrew Rodriguez, the son of a general and the top scholar-athlete; Max Jenkins, the backup quarterback and the second-in-command of the Corps of Cadets; and Larry Dixon, a talented first-year running back. Together with Coach Ellerson, his staff, and West Point’s officers and instructors, they and their teammates embrace the demands made on them and learn crucial lessons that will resonate throughout their lives—and ours.
Out of the Blue by Victor Cruz, Peter Schrager
Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations. While his meteoric rise in the NFL looked like the result of a magical year, it was actually a lifetime in the making.
Raised in Paterson, New Jersey’s gritty Fourth Ward, Cruz overcame numerous setbacks through hard work, perseverance, and the support of his loving family—from his grandmother who gave him his signature dance moves; to his late father, a former firefighter, who introduced him to football and taught him how to play; to his hard-working, single mother who never let him give up in the face of a challenge. They all helped to keep him on the right path, as did his coaches, but Cruz’s journey was never easy. There were family tragedies, academic struggles, injuries, and more. In this inspiring, never-before-seen account, Cruz pays tribute to the people and places that made him the man he is today, recounts his most defining moments, and illustrates how his hardships ultimately unleashed his impenetrable will to win.
Out of the Blue is a candid and moving reflection of an overlooked and undersized athlete with an uncommon last name in American football that was determined to beat the odds and earn his chance to succeed.
Showcasing one of professional football’s best players, this book spotlights the life and career of gridiron great Tom Brady. More than just a biography, it relates Brady’s story while also establishing his prominent place in NFL history. By examining his skills and statistics in a variety of categories and comparing him to other great quarterbacks—including Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach, and more—the guide makes a strong case for Brady as football’s best signal caller. Along the way, his best moments as a Patriot are revisited, from championship seasons and his favorite receivers to his relationship with legendary coach Bill Belichick. With detailed sidebars on Brady’s celebrity status, fashion sense, much-talked-about hair, and supermodel wife, this is a must-have for faithful New England fans and pro football buffs alike.
The New England Patriot s first Super Bowl championship in 2001, followed by dramatic back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 2003 and 2004, marked the culmination of more than 40 years of spirited competition on the gridiron and the arrival of a football dynasty. Along the way, the Patriots have endured their fair share of trials and tribulations and have forged a proud franchise that featured the talents of legends including Babe Parilli, Nick Buoniconti, Jim Nance, Jim Plunkett, John Hannah, Steve Grogan, Sam Cunningham, Russ Francis, Steve Nelson, Stanley Morgan, Andre Tippett, Irving Fryar, Drew Bledsoe, Ty Law, Doug Flutie, Willie McGinest, Adam Vinatieri, Randy Moss, and many others.
Total Patriots: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the World-Class Franchise delves into that rich history with an unparalleled enthusiasm for the statistics and stories that comprise one of the most respected franchises in professional sports. Author Bob Hyldburg s meticulous research uncovered a wealth of never-before published data. From the team s early days in the AFL- when the Boston Patriots were led by Butch Songin, Gino Cappelletti, and Babe Parilli to its dynasty days under the leadership of Tom Brady, Troy Brown, and Tedy Bruschi, this book is the ultimate resource for Patriots fans, football historians, and trivia buffs alike.
This illustrated volume contains profiles of the more than 960 players who have worn the uniform, from Rabih Abdullah to Scott Zolak; season-by-season narratives spanning five decades of Patriots football; a battery of statistics and records; and treasure trove of unforgettable moments, anecdotes, and fun facts. Total Patriots is for anyone who considers him- or herself a die-hard Patriots fan, as well as for anyone who loves the game of football enough to appreciate this franchise s unique place in NFL history.
The Ultimate Reference Book for Every Patriots Fan
Total Patriots is the first and only comprehensive New England Patriots encyclopedia. This impressive volume includes games and players statistics, game-story recaps, player profiles, and dramatic photographs that chronicle this legendary franchise s rich history. Test your knowledge in the trivia chapter, or discover the remarkable achievements of your favorite players.
Bob Hyldburg has created a book for football fanatics to savor and help them recall the most memorable moments in Patriots history in amazing detail. It is sure to be a book that every Patriots fan will enjoy and go back to time and time again to recall a special season, game, player or play. Gino Cappelletti, from his foreword
by Jim Hague, twitter.com/ogsmar
It’s supposed to be a big game on Christmas Eve and for all intents and purposes, it is.
After all, the Giants will face the Jets in a do-or-die for both teams. Win and the season remains alive. Lose and you’re going home early.
So Saturday’s game is exactly what everyone wanted — a playoff game before the playoffs.
However, it could actually serve as a precursor to what may take place in two weeks, with both teams actually out of the playoffs. No one alive would have imagined that scenario when the season began in a rush last August. There were high hopes and expectations in both training camps.
A lot of things can still take place between now and New Year’s Day. There could be some miraculous way they both get in, but it’s unlikely.
However, before the Giants’ ownership begins to put the blame on Tom Coughlin and the Jets’ brass points fingers at the brash Rex Ryan, they should take a deep look and point the fingers at the real reason why the teams have struggled this season.
Ready? It’s themselves. They should blame themselves, first and foremost. They should take a long look in the mirror and like Bill Parcells used to say all the time, blame the man in the glass.
Because it’s the greed and avarice of both ownerships that have caused this upcoming mess. The greed to get as much money as possible in terms of Personal Seat Licenses and luxury boxes and higher priced tickets and money and money and money.
Both the Giants and the Jets owners believed that they had to have a new stadium, that Giants Stadium had outlived its purpose — even if the place still hadn’t been fully paid for by New Jersey taxpayers.
Nope, they needed a new home. So the Jets flirted with the West Side of Manhattan, but they knew that really couldn’t work. The Giants desperately needed more luxury boxes than they needed defensive backs. Thus, the billion dollar edifice now known as MetLife Stadium was born.
And with the building of the new stadium and the destruction of the old, both teams lost any home field advantage they once enjoyed.
True, the Jets never had a chance to call Giants Stadium their very own. They were rentors and were the second-class residents.
But the Giants certainly owned a home field advantage after they became relevant again under Ray Perkins, becoming a playoff team once again in 1981.
Need proof? How about the NFC championship game against the Redskins that sent the Giants to their first Super Bowl? The wind was swirling like a cyclone that far exceeded the funnel that sent Dorothy Gale’s house spinning towards Oz. Jay Schroeder was slapped silly that day and had no chance of calling out a play because the fans were in a complete frenzy.
How about the day the Giants destroyed the Vikings in another NFC championship game? The fans were so amped up on Kerry Collins and Greg Comella, of all people, scored a touchdown. The Giants won, 41-0, and that place rocked.
Whenever the Giants’ opponents got third-and-long in Giants Stadium, the crowd would spring to their feet and you couldn’t hear yourself think.
Even the Jets enjoyed a feeling of home advantage, when Fireman Ed would get on someone’s shoulders and lead the chants in the lower deck at the 25-yard line.
Now? It’s a country club mentality. There’s no home field advantage. The people who go to the games now are more content with their wine and bree in the parking lot instead of making noise. Oh, there’s a game today? Pass the poupon.
It has really destroyed the home base at Giants’ games. Need proof? The Giants have dropped home games this year to Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington, all teams that entered the pretty new building with losing records.
In the old days, Lawrence Taylor would have eaten those teams for lunch. Hell, evenMichael Strahan would have feasted on the also-rans.
If you’re an elite team in the NFL, you don’t lose at home, no matter who the opponent is. You win your home games, try to go .500 on the road and go to the playoffs. Simple as that.
And you win the games against the inferior teams. The Giants haven’t done that this year _ and it’s their own fault for getting rid of their most avid fans with the ridiculous and greed-based PSLs and for building a new stadium when the old one was perfectly fine.
For years, the NFL has been a license to print money for the league’s owners. Money flowed like the Nile. Merchandising, TV revenues were in the millions before a single ticket was sold.
Now, there’s all the other crap like PSLs and luxury boxes and it has killed the Giants’ loyal fan base. The same can be said for the Jets as well.
So congratulations. You have a new stadium. It’s pretty. It’s a little absurd to get to your seat once you get inside and you can park in Carlstadt unless you have a PSL-preferred parking spot. But it’s new.
However, there’s no home field advantage at all. None. And that’s the biggest reason why both teams might be standing on the outside, gaping in at the upcoming playoffs.
Sure, some may blame the coaches. In this corner, I blame the greedy owners who wanted more money than they know what to do with.
It’s almost unfathomable that there are all these cases of child predators in the sports world, the latest being Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Conlin abruptly retired Tuesday after it was learned that a story was about to come out how Conlin, who was also a big part of ESPN’s Sports Reporters for ages, sexually assaulted four youngsters, two of whom were his own nieces, in the 1970s.
The story has now come to light because of the Jerry Sandusky story in Penn State and the Bernie Fine case in Syracuse. The victims told the Philadelphia Inquirer reporter that they couldn’t keep silent any longer after hearing the details of the other incidents.
So they revealed their past with the Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, who did a masterful job in reporting a very tough issue. Conlin was presented with the news of the story and immediately retired.
It’s just a little unsettling that these stories are now the commonplace reads in general sports sections.
Merry Christmas to all….enjoy the holidays
You can read more of my work at http://www.hudsonreporter.com, http://www.theobserver.com and http://www.dailyrecord.com. In this week’s editions of the Reporter, there’s the incredible comeback story of North Bergen basketball coach Kevin Bianco, who has endured two battles with leukemia.
Ladies and gentlemen, oh god help us all after this but below we present the following. Here are two videos and we only have one question to ask. Which video is the WORST SPORTS VIDEO?
Okay have at it with these two epically bad songs. Listen and be horrified and yes we are warning you strongly. If you can last the entire song on both, you are a better person than almost all of us.
Going into the NFL CBA talks, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pronounced that “After speaking to fans, the NFL needs to adopt an 18 Game Regular Season.” The thought that fans don’t like or want to see 4 Pre-season games is a joke, fans want preseason games, as witnessed by the fact that the NFL Network shows every single one of them multiple times. The problem with pre-season games is that they are forced onto season ticket holders who in turn are forced to pay full price for these exhibition games in which the players you cheer for play at most half of the game.
After the extreme ugliness of the 49ers and Raiders game at Candlestick Park Saturday night, should prove to the NFL, that pre-season games should be excluded from the “Blackout Rule” and season ticket holders should be given the option to purchase the tickets for these games at a discount or not at all. But as we have learned from the airlines and oil companies, once they start making more money on minimal stuff they will keep it. Take for instance the New York Giants, in 2007 after ground broke for The New Meadowlands Stadium (now MetLife Stadium) the Giants sold season ticket holders on the fact to guarantee parking in The Meadowlands complex would require parking permits and once the new Stadium was complete parking would go back to normal. YEAH….RIGHT, 5 seasons later, invoices for parking permits still come out in May.
If the NFL would instruct teams that the preseason games are just that PREseason games and that teams should charge accordingly, season ticket holders wouldn’t mind paying for them. The common practice for people is to either give tickets away to a neighbor or family member or sell the tickets on the ticketexchange or StubHub causes people who normally wouldn’t be able to attend a game the chance to go and what comes next tailgating, drukedness and moronic behavior. The scenes from San Francisco proved just this but to say it only happens in San Francisco or Oakland, is just pilling on at this point. Remember when the Jets couldn’t play night time home games because of the acts of violence at Giants Stadium? Tailgating isn’t the problem either, the problem lies with Stadium security who are simply overwhelmed. An unarmed individual can’t possibily keep every drunken dunce out of the stadium, absolutely impossible. Maybe the punishment for acts of BAFOONERY needs to be stepped up. Just a thought.
If the NFL adapts an 18 game schedule I fear for more possible catastrophic injury or God forbid worse during an NFL game. 4 preseason games and 16 Regular Season games are perfectly fine, just don’t kill the fans in the wallet, you already have them at hello, they aren’t going anywhere, well at least not yet.