Sep 25, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT
Jeremy Maclin said it best. “[The Giants] have no business talking, because they haven’t done anything the last six times.”
Of course, the Mets felt the Phillies had no business talking in 2007, because they hadn’t done anything the previous 12 times when Jimmy Rollins delivered his famous remarks in 2007.
Funny thing what results do for credibility.
Right now, the New York Giants have none. This is a shell of the team that clutched their way over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, the air rushing out of that balloon with the speed — and timing — of a bullet fired from a 40-caliber glock.
From that point on, the score changed for the Birds. Now they own the G-men, whether they need 20 points or 45, no matter if they are in the lead or trailing by 21 in the fourth quarter, even when it’s the regular season or the postseason.
To make matters worse, every effort New York’s front office has taken to add talent and put a stop to this embarrassing streak this year has been rebuffed by the injury bug, which has laid waste on the roster’s population like an incurable disease.
Which is why we don’t expect the score to change today, only increase. Unless this supposed superbug transforms the injured into Zombie Giants. That would be bad… although perhaps unlikely.
No, what the Football Giants need today is a change in fortune. They need Michael Vick to cough up the ball. They need Eli Manning to snap out of his funk.
They need something.
Hey, it’s any given Sunday, and this is a heated division rival. Make no mistake, the Eagles have to walk out to that field and play 60 minutes worth of football.
But if they do, they can expect to win — both the game, and the war of words.
So, Mike Vick is going to play after sustaining a concussion in last Sunday’s loss to the Falcons, the very possibility of which certain sportswriters and media personalities were railing against throughout the week.
Indeed, we are still learning about the long term consequences associated with head injuries, so it’s natural to be concerned for Vick, especially considering the beatings he takes on a weekly basis. Having said that, the NFL has placed such an emphasis on protecting its players from playing through the trauma, there is no doubt in my mind he is okay.
The question I would pose to worriers is when would it be acceptable for Vick to return? Next week? Next season? Never? If he is cleared to play by the Eagles’ training staff and an independent doctor, then he is cleared to play — it’s really that simple.
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