A piece by Jim Trotter in this week's Super Bowl issue of Sports Illustrated puts the Ahmad Bradshaw ass-first game-winning touchdown run in new perspective. With the Patriots leading 17-15 and a little more than a minute to play, the Giants had the ball on 2nd-and-6 at New England's six-yard line. ... More >>
Football, our coaches always told us, is a game of inches. Yesterday, that fact was demonstrated with startling clarity by two plays, both of which will be remembered and argued about for years.
The first, of course, was the play that won the game, or at least was key in the game-winning drive. Fro ... More >>
If you're a Giants fan and all you care about is going to the Super Bowl -- and what else would you care about? -- yesterday began the most important four-week stretch of the year. And it hasn't started well with Sunday's 27-20 loss to San Francisco.
Why was this stretch so important? Very ... More >>
If you are reading this, you are not watching football. You may have it on, but you aren't watching it, letting the pigskinny goodness seep into your every pore. From today until the Super Bowl, your Sundays are reserved for America's favorite bloodsport. No more late brunches, no more flea m ... More >>
It's the time of year for that oddest subgenre of sportswriting, the "Football vs. Baseball" column. Pro football, of course, always wins in these debates, largely because they're argued along the only terms that sportswriters know: television ratings.
First out of the gate is David Steele on A ... More >>
Let's stop the ongoing debate about whether or not Plaxico Burress "deserves a second chance." Who really knows whether any ex-con is rehabilitated until years after he reenters society? What criteria can anyone really use to determine that someone "deserves" a second chance? The only reaso ... More >>
Roger Goodell: He lost.The New York Giants opened up their weight room yesterday to three players: Chris Canty, Brandon Jacobs, and Mario Manningham. Why just those three? It isn't clear. As Gary Myers says in this morning's Daily News, "The Giants have now decided to close the weight room until ... More >>
I've always thought that a large part of what they call the Sports Illustrated "jinx" is simply faulty analysis. For instance, the cover of last week's issue of SI featured New England's 325-pound offensive tackle, Vince Wilfork, and a story by Peter King on "why New England W ... More >>
For a week now, the New York sports press has been displaying its bafflement over how the Jets could have snagged such a prize as wide receiver Santonio Holmes at such a bargain price (just a fifth round pick in this year's draft).
The answer became clearer with this morning's announcement ... More >>
Forget football. Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food.
Super Bowl Sunday is all about gut-bombing grub, American beer, and exorbitant advertising spots. (Oh yeah, there's also a football game involved.) Rosa Mexicano's culinary director Chef David Suarez has come up with a special dish for ... More >>
"They played well," Cincinnati receiver (and ace David Letterman guest) Chad Ochocinco told the Washington Post after the Jets 38-0 season-ending win over his team on Sunday, January 3. "My fear coming into today's game was not the individuals I had to play against. It was Rex. He's a defens ... More >>
Sifting through the rubble of the Giants' devastating 21-20 loss to San Diego yesterday, one statistic jumps out big: the Giants -- playing at home -- had nine penalties for 104 yards to the Chargers' three for just 20. Moreover, the Giants had nearly 100 yards in gains negated by those penal ... More >>
The Catch: One Play, Two Dynasties, and the Game that Changed the NFL
By Gary Myers
Crown, 252 pages, $26.00
"To this day," says Joe Montana in the forward to Gary Myers's The Catch, "the Cowboys still think I was tying to toss the ball into the upper deck of Candlestick Park ... I just ha ... More >>
The Giants have paid Eli Manning in a manner worthy of the best quarterback in football ($106 million over seven years). The problem is that Eli isn't the best quarterback in football -- in fact, if you go by the NFL's passer rating, he is only the 14th best quarterback in football.
And if ... More >>
Come on, NFL GMs. Isn't there anyone out there interested in signing Terrell Owens? Like maybe the Giants or Jets or some other team that has recently lost a key wide receiver? A team that maybe thinks it's just one stud away from going to the Super Bowl? A team that could work him in under th ... More >>