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Leaping Lizzards, Guys!

Leaping Lizards, guys; what the hell is going on lately with all this leaping crap? Derrick Ward has been getting away with it. But, last week in the Cowboy game he got caught in midair, stopped cold and slammed to the ground for no gain. And, that’s because even big, strong, bad-ass, 230 lb backs like Derrick Ward lose all of their power once they leave their feet. That’s not opinion; that’s physics!

Yesterday, in a huge division game against the Eagles, the Giants did what we’ve come to expect and admire. After Eli was intercepted by Mike Paterson — a really good play by him — the Eagles went up 7-0. But the Giants don’t fold when things like that happen. They simply tighten their jocks and come back harder. So, mixing the pass and the run and behind an ‘O’ line that beats the crap out of the Eagles, the Giants score 17 unanswered points and go up 17-7.

And, having negated the Eagles early score, the Giants are again driving, about to go up by three scores, 24-7 or, at worst, 20-7. Eli hands off Brandon Jacobs who’s again running like a locomotive and pounding the Eagles into submission. He swings around left end and isn’t challenged until 8 yards later when a DB comes up and does what DBs always do, dive at his feet because nobody — not DBs or LBs — want any part of Brandon Jacobs up high and who can blame them?

It is here that Brandon Jacobs, the biggest, strongest, baddest 265 lb back in the NFL does a Derrick Ward imitation and — for reasons known only to him — tries to leap over the ducking DB. And, while in midair — with absolutely no power whatever, his 265 lbs negated by altitude — the pursuit catches up, hits him, spins him around in midair and slams a forearm to his jaw that nearly decapitates him. And, oh, yeah, he fumbles.

With a short field, and the sudden momentum swing, the Eagles score and, now, all of a sudden, a game that was a few plays away from being put out of reach — or, at least, almost out of reach — is closed to 17-14. The Eagles get a second chance and it’s a whole new ball game that will go back and forth all night — and it’s new and different because this new leaping crap.

Of course, the Giants again do what they always do; they refuse to let adversity — or the other team — defeat them. By the 4th quarter, they’re outlasting the sky-high Eagles because of their mental, physical and emotional stamina and conditioning. As in his Super Bowl appearance, McNabb is sucking wind and, even though, the Giants haven’t sacked him, they’ve exhausted him by containing him in the pocket and not allowing him to roll out — which is what he does best. The Giants game plan is perfect and they beat the Eagles 36-31 to go to 8-1 and three games up in the division.

There’s no question about it, this is a terrific Giant’s team. They’re tough and smart and focused. They win in spite of opponents who bring their ‘A’ game every week. They win in spite of horrible referee calls. They win in spite of Gilbride’s occasional lapses back into his “Run and Shoot” thing. And — because of their toughness — they win in spite self-inflicted wounds like fumbles. But, Leaping Lizards, guys, could you please, please, please, please cut out that leaping crap, huh?

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