New York QB Eli Manning Retires With 4 Super Bowl Rings?

April 16, 2012

NEW YORK – I am going to ask you a very simple question, as the title reads. Can Giants QB Eli Manning finish his career with 4 Super Bowl Championships? Win 4 rings, maybe 4 Super Bowl MVP awards? In five years from now, will you remember that I wrote this article and told you Eli Manning will be in discussion for greatest NFL QB of all-time? If Giants QB Eli Manning wins 4 Super Bowl Championships, he is immediately vaulted onto the top ten NFL quarterbacks of all-time list, where he lands on that list is another question but he’s on that list. Nevermind those silly polls the NFL official website had last year that infuriated Giants fans, as Easy Eli remained cool as ice. Eli Manning is already an NFL Hall of Famer right now, today and he is in the prime of his career. I really think he can win four rings. I think the New York Giants are going to win 2 more Super Bowls by 2017. The G-Men might even win a championship at home, when New York/New Jersey hosts Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife stadium in 2014.

A Giants vs Jets Super Bowl in East Rutherford would be bigger then Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Forget about the ticket prices. I can’t even imagine what a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl is going to cost the fans as it is. If the Giants are playing the Jets, even the upper tier seats might go as high as $10,000 each in New York City. There is no doubt in my mind that this would be the highest grossing event in human history and a $300 million dollar boost to the local economy.

All of this talk eventually leads to the dynasty team discussion and rightfully so, in my opinion. The time table for winning 3 Super Bowls is a decade. You have a ten year window in which to win 3 Super Bowl rings to be considered a dynasty team. The Giants have won 2 Super Bowl rings since 2007 and have until 2017 to win just one more. I believe they will win two more rings as you know. With Jerry Reese locked down at the GM position and Tom Coughlin as the leader of the team once again, the Giants are in a nice position to do some damage for a very long time in the NFC East and the NFL in general. These offseason moves have been outstanding for the most part and it’s not over yet with the draft coming up in two weeks. Look for Big Blue to have another superior draft in 2012.

Do you think QB Eli Manning can retire with 4 Super Bowl rings one day?

RD – nygreporter.com

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2012 Pro Bowl Game: Same Old Song and Dance

January 30, 2012

NEW YORK – The NFC played the AFC in another Pro Bowl designed to be a sleeping tranquilizer on Sunday afternoons. It got so bad, they had to move it to the evenings. The opening ceremonies and hoopla are more entertaining then the game itself, that is why I say expand them. My final score prediction was an NFC win 47-35 in a high scoring scrimmage of stars. The actual final score was even worse, the AFC beat the NFC 59-41. I sent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell my previous article with ideas on improving this game. It was cool to see the star players hanging out and interacting but make the Pro Bowl about the game and let the elite and hungry college players have a moment to shine. Give out cars to three types of Pro Bowl MVP. I wish there was an easy fix but there is simply too much money tied up with those star players. Something has to be done.

I’m sure there are some fans out there that didn’t even watch this game. Either way, the game I know everyone will be watching is Super Bowl XLVI next Sunday night at 6:18 PM EST. I continue to say the same thing, watch Eli Manning have an elite game and win Super Bowl MVP for a second time. He is in the zone so deep, that he was must be ready to get on the field already. Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul were voted into the Pro Bowl but skipped it because of the Super Bowl. That was Manning’s second career Pro Bowl and JPP’s first ever but the ring is the thing. The ring is what teams play for at the end of the day. I expect a tough game from the Patriots who are a very good football team but they simply will not be able to match the Giants resiliency.

The Giants will continue their ‘Road Warrior’ mentality by wearing the road white jerseys in the Super Bowl, just like the ones they wore when they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl back in 2007. There are so many angles to this game including the New York vs. Boston angle which is deep in both cities. The rematch angle, the revenge angle. The Brady vs. Manning angle, the Lucas Oil stadium in Indy angle. Peyton’s house in Indianapolis hosting little brother Eli in the Super Bowl. The Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick relation to coach Bill Parcells angle. The one angle I’m certain will be the most enjoyable is knowing these teams will be playing hard and trying to win a football game unlike the Pro Bowl, which continues to be a disappointment. Congrats to the players voted in and much respect for their skills on the field. This isn’t about the players, it’s about making the event something worth watching.

Do you watch the Pro Bowl every year? If not, why?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Eli Manning Using Brains to Cruz through Elite Player Rankings

November 17, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I would hate myself down the road if I didn’t write something about QB Eli Manning and Victor Cruz, right now. The numbers simply don’t lie. Manning is an elite NFL QB, period. Add to that, WR Victor Cruz is emerging as an elite NFL WR in his own right. I won’t use words like staggering or gargantuan (I so very rarely get to use that word in a sentence, thanks QT) but I will say that both Manning and Cruz have been steady and strong, quietly climbing up the rankings and everyone can see it now. They have proven to be resilient, just like this 2011 Giants team.

Let me give you a breakdown of Cruz, look at what he has done this year versus established and elite NFL WR’s. The passing game is going so well that the running game has suffered a bit.

Giants WR Victor Cruz is ranked 8th in the NFL for receiving yards. Who are some of the elite players at WR that are below Cruz? Well let’s see, there is WR Roddy White, WR Reggie Wayne, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Marques Colston, WR Anquan Boldin, WR DeSean Jackson and the list goes on and on, including a guy you may know named Hakeem Nicks. He is also tied for 5th place in the NFL for most WR TD’s (4). You have to remember that Cruz is doing this from a No.2 or No.3 WR position. Those other WR’s mentioned are No.1 WR’s including Nicks, who is the Giants No.1 WR. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t see this coming because I did. I noticed Cruz immediately in training camp WR Victor Cruz, No.80 – photographs This was in 2010 up at the University of  Albany. The New Jersey native just had something, he was out there catching everything and making plays. I have been watching Cruz from that moment until now.

He is playing so well, that he has become relevant in fantasy football. Now that is really saying something and a testament to quality performances on the field. On top of everything, he is a great guy off the field. What more could you ask for from a young and talented wide receiver? Hate it or love it, Victor Cruz is playing on an elite level right now. The numbers don’t lie and he should be voted into the Pro Bowl. I can’t wait to see what he does against the Eagles on Sunday night.

Cruz was at Juliet Supper Club in New York this week when a shooting occurred and killed one man in the place. Cruz was with a few other Giants players celebrating a birthday (no Giants were injured). I think that put things in perspective for him about going out and seeing how your life can change in a moment. Look at WR Plaxico Burress as a perfect example. Right or wrong, Burress went to jail for a few years and that’s the way that story ends. The wrong place at the wrong time can even get you killed. Players cannot stop living their lives over these occurrences but it should keep them on their toes and making smart choices.

QB Eli Manning won’t win the NFL MVP like I’ve said before, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers seems a lock for that this year. But Manning does belong in the Pro Bowl and I hope that puts the story to bed. Do another Top 100 player list and see where Manning is ranked this year. He is playing very smart football right now and players like WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard are benefitting from his evolution. WR Hakeem Nicks and WR Mario Manningham are two more dangerous weapons that Manning has in the mix. The Iron man is simply phenomenal and I’m glad he is our quarterback. QB Eli Manning, No.10 – photographs

RD – nygreporter.com

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You can tell by this TV promo for NBC Sunday Night Football (11/20/11 at 8:20 PM EST) that Giants QB Eli Manning is not playing around this year and has grown into a man who commands respect. The Giants play the Eagles in what should be a classic divisional battle, between two teams that really dislike each other. Get ready for some action Sunday Night!


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