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Fifteen Yards For Unnecessary Stubbornness


Sorry, Giant’s but I’m going to have to flag you 15 yards for unnecessary stubbornness. What’s that, you say? There’s no such penalty? Well, okay, maybe not — but there sure as hell should be.

Look, I admit it; as a life long Giant’s fan I’ve always hated … still hate … and will always hate … the Dallas Cowboys; also delusionally known as, “America’s Team. So, believe me, I’m tickled to death the NY Giants stomped the snot out the them yesterday.

It was a genuine 35-14 smack down. And it improved the Giant’s NFC East leading record to 7-1. And, if you’re a Giant’s fan like me who resents the media’s “man-crush” on the Cowboys, you relish the win. So, what’s all this crap about a 15 yard penalty? Glad you asked.


Let’s starts with Eli NOT protecting the ball. It slipped out of his hands once and the Cowboys recovered, then, luckily, fumbled it back. Another time, he misread Plaxico and threw an interception which was returned for a TD. And, in the 3rd quarter with the ball on the Dallas 30 yard line — up by three scores — with an opportunity to take time of the clock and, at worst, kick a field goal, he drops back to pass and fumbles.

It’s recovered by Dallas and they mount their only drive of the day — aided by an insane unnecessary roughness call on Justin Tuck that was even worse than the same kind of call against Kenny Phillips last week in Pittsburgh.

But, why drop back to pass in the first place? Why not just keep running the damn ball until the Cowboys puke? They didn’t demonstrate any ability to stop it, so why should we stop it for them? Why not just keep running the damn ball down their throats and up their collective butts?

Yes, I realize that the Cowboys had a depleted secondary and they were vulnerable. I get it. But, you’re already up by 3 scores with a chance to go up by a 4th score and milk the clock, Why not pound the crap out of the Cowboys with Jacobs, Ward and a great ‘O’ line. Why pass?

Seems like, at least, once a season, Gilbride reverts to his old “Run and Shoot” roots. Couple of seasons ago, in Tennessee, with the Giants up 21-0, he has Eli throwing late in the game — which results in a Pacman Jones pick and a complete momentum swing, culminating in an embarrassing loss. Last year, in the wind and rain at The Meadowlands, he has Eli throwing 52 times. And, again, yesterday, he has Eli throwing when it simply wasn’t necessary.

The Giants are a really good team with a chance to be a great team. They’re tough and smart and adapt to change and adversity. They’re deep, too. Butler goes down, so, they plug in Sammy Knight. Last week Dockery goes down, so they plug in Terrell Thomas.

Kehl goes down, they plug in Blackburn. Osi goes down, they plug in Kiwi. Late in the game yesterday, Terrell Thomas goes down, so they replace him with Sam Madison — and don’t miss a beat. And, when the ‘O’ gets a little ‘yippy’ — as with those turnovers yesterday — the ‘D’ simply hunkers down and hits people harder.

Yeah, it was a great win and, yeah, beating the Cowboys is always great stuff and, yeah, I’m as thrilled as anyone to see it happen. And, yeah, I know, there’s no such thing as a perfect game — but, dammit, just run the friggin’ ball when they can’t stop you from running it! That’s why I’m flagging the Giants 15 yards for unnecessary stubbornness. Excuse me while I walk off the yardage.


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