Just Shut Up And Play The Damn Game!
By Martin Alvin
When I was a kid –- about a thousand years ago -– a young heavy weight boxer was on the way to the World Championship. He called himself “The Greatest.” His real name, though, was Muhammad Ali, and he consistently predicted each victory.
Some years later, a young quarterback on the NY Jets predicted a victory in Super Bowl III against the 18-point favorite Baltimore Colts –- and backed it up with a brilliant victory that changed the history and composition of the NFL until this day.
And my grand dad told me about Babe Ruth pointing to the right field stands at Comiskey Park in Chicago, predicting a home run to those very seats and then, delivering it for some sick kid in a Chicago hospital, listening to the game on radio.
But for every sports prediction that turns out to be historically brilliant, there are literally hundreds more than don’t. And that’s called, talking crap. For example:
In an NFC, 2003, Wild Card game at Lambeau Field, in overtime, after Seattle won the coin toss, QB Matt Hasselbeck said: “We want the ball and we’re going to score.” Not only didn’t they score; they lost the game as well: 33-27.
Just prior to the 2011 season, Rex Ryan predicted the Jets would go to the Super Bowl and then proceeded to guide his team to an 8-8 record, missing not only the Super Bowl, but the playoffs as well. And followed up with a 6-10 record in 2012.
In 2007, unknown and unheralded, Pittsburgh Steeler defensive back Anthony Smith guaranteed the Steelers were going to beat the, then, undefeated New England Patriots –- after which his team promptly lost 34-13.
Which brings me to the 2013 Giants and comments they’ve made, and are making. Nothing outrageous. Just unnecessary crap, like: Will Hill predicting “getting physical” with Dez Bryant, to get him out of his game, or JPP and Antrel Rolle predicting Dallas Cowboy blood. Why say anything at all?
The Giants are 4-6. That’s a bad won-lost record in any season. They shouldn’t be speaking –- period! And while both the Cowboy defense and the Giants defense are giving up an average of 26 points per game –- which, officially, sucks -– the Cowboys, are averaging 27 points a game on offense, while the Giants are averaging a pathetic 19 points a game. Good grief! That’s anemic!
Hey, guys, you haven’t beaten a team yet that’s as good as the Dallas Cowboys — and the Dallas Cowboys aren’t even good. You’re not facing the Vikings with Josh Freeman, who had only a week of practice. You’re not facing the Eagles with a lame Michael Vick who’d be replaced by a “green” Matt Barkley. You’re not facing the Raiders with Terrelle Pryor on a bum knee, and your not facing Green Bay Packer third stringer Scott Tolzien. You’re facing the Cowboys and Tony Romo. Yeah, Romo’s been known to choke. But he’s also been known to light up a scoreboard. He threw TD for TD with Peyton Manning earlier this year.
So, maybe, instead of flapping your yaps, you should, very quietly – very, very quietly — be preparing yourselves for the game of the season; and make no mistake about it, this is the game of the NY Giants 2013 season. This is it, guys. You lose and –- no matter what the mathematics say -– it’s all over for you. You lose and you’re watching the playoffs with the rest of us.
Yes, the Giants have won four games in a row after a horrible 0-6 start. And yes, the Giants seem to be playing much better football week after week; but for God’s sake, guys, why the hell are you talking crap? Even if it’s just benign crap. C’mon, your mantra has always been: “Talk is cheap. Play the game.”
Okay, maybe I’m nitpicking. Maybe the crap-talk is too mild to be relevant; but it just seems like such a waste of time and energy that could be put to so much better use now, preparing for the most important game of the season. The Giants have finally re-discovered their roots as a tough running, run stopping, hard-nosed, winning team — not a bunch of crap-talkers — so why forget who you are, now! Look, there are only six games left in this season. Everything you – and your fan base — hoped for is still within reach. So, please, guys; just shut up and play the damn game!