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On any given Sunday

The old saying goes “On any given Sunday any team in the NFL can beat any other team.” This phase was coined by Commissioner Bert Bell in the 1950s. It was true then and it’s true now as we all found out this past Sunday. It is a recurring issue with the NY Giants football team under head coach Tom Coughlin.

People have been pointing fingers at different individuals as the reason for the loss. The bottom line was that Tynes missed the game winning field goal, a common occurrence in the NFL. This happens all the time, ask yourself how many times have the Giants won on last minute field goals or the other team’s missing one? A certain super bowl comes to mind against the Buffalo Bills.

The honest truth is that the Giants man for man is the better team. It’s also true that the Giants sustained too many injuries to have played up to their potential. I am sure there is enough blame to go around as to why the Giants lost to the Eagles. Even though the Giants won two super bowls in the past 5 years I am not a big fan of Tom Coughlin and much less so of Kevin Gilbride. I ask though how many better head coaches are there than TC? Not many, so I can live with him, I don’t feel the same way about Kevin Gilbride, I think he is borderline incompetent. Eli Manning has saved Gilbride’s job too many times to count.

Later today and tomorrow I am going to do my usual play-by-play weekly review of the game. During this time I will see who exactly was to blame for the loss, honestly does it matter? The fact is the Giants lost a game they should have won. This is how it works every season and for every team in sports not just football and not just the NFL. The best thing any team can do is look at the film, find out what mistakes they made and correct them if they can.

It does seem like the Eagles coaching staff has the Giants’ number. The Giants are a very predictable team and in my opinion it has cost them over the years. But every time I get annoyed at the team or say that was a poor call or how come they don’t do this or that I remember the amazing super bowl wins they did have. How many teams have won two super bowls in the last five years? It was not something that is common place especially now in the NFL. Not to mention if Plax did not shoot himself in the leg it could have been a third.

We all want to know why. So I will do what I do best, although not everybody agrees on how well I do it. I will review the plays and the players along with the other aspects to the game in-depth. We might all be a little surprised on who is at fault, for some of us it might just reinforce what we already knew.

It’s coming and it might not be pretty.

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2 Responses to “On any given Sunday”

  1. Stevoh says:

    I agree it’s common for teams to lose games like this. The Giants have a history of being middle of the road early in the season. What worries me is the run D – Cowgirls and Eagles have both destroyed the Gmen on the ground but have done little against other teams, especially the girls. Run D is weak and worse without KP. Run D sets up pass rush.

  2. Sam says:

    Finally! This is what I’ve always said,4 things haven’t changed since 04′ or atleast for the major part of Eli’s career. Coughlin,Gilbride and Eli. Everything else has changed a lot, Wr’s,TE’s,O-line,Defensive players,D-coordinators,etc. The one last thing that hasn’t changed is how they ALWAYS perform according to the expectations. When they aren’t suppose to win, they do and when the expectations are high they lose! We always have a awesome record at the half way mark, I believe the lowest ever since TC took over has been 6-2 but we ALWAYS stumble down the stretch. If we can salvage enough games at the end we barely make it in the playoffs and we play to our full potential. Regardless the roster and we’ve had some pretty AMAZING rosters these past few years and we can’t consistenty do ANYTHING. 2008 after the first superbowl was the only year I feel like they really got it going but for obvious reasons it didnt end well. i’m not a troll or a pessimist, this is FACT! I don’t get it but winning superbowls has made it hard to bring attention to this issue because I rather be like this then the Eagles that usually have solid regular season and never win anything at the end so I try to look past it but I really do not understand what causes this and I cant help to feel bad for the organization,players and fan base because the roster is soooooo stacked that its just absurd for these things to happen year in year out. I vowed not to ever consider getting rid of Coughlin after 2 superbowls and hes become one of my idols after watching The Football Life but I just want one day to see this great team that shows up in these crazy playoff runs on a weekly basis. What does Belichick do to max out his teams potential on a yearly basis? We arguably have the best roster on paper(Eagles too). The only part of our team that people dont know is the Oline but other than that we have names at QB,RB,WR!,TE,DL!,LB,DBs! even our freaking long snapper has been to the probowl TWICE! I just dont get it!!!!!! and as long as we keep winning superbowls its never going to change.The reason why I point at Coughlin because Eli has improved TREMENDOUSLY and Gilbride is only on the offensive side of the ball and this is an issue for the entire team for the past 5-6 years. Like I said I hate thinking about this because its hard to complain about 2 bowls in 5 years but I want more because I know we are capable of more! we dont know if we’ll ever be a time where the Giants are this talented and relevant so we have to get as much as we can now.

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