Giants Face Biggest Test of the Year Versus Patriots

November 1, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants have compiled a respectable 5-2 record so far this year and sit in first place in the NFC East. Some are very surprised by this fact because the G-men have been playing sub-par football during the first half of the year. I mean no disrespect to Big Blue by saying that, it is simply a fact for fans to see on television each week. True Giants fans know the team can play much better then they have been thus far. The Giants will need to step their game up on Sunday when they play the red hot New England Patriots in the Boston area. The Patriots will forever have a bad taste in their mouths for the Giants because New York beat them thoroughly in Super Bowl XLII. They will play extra hard versus the G-Men every single time they do battle because New York ruined their perfect season. The phrase “18-1” has become synonymous with choking big time in the sports world.

This is without a doubt the toughest game of the year so far for Big Blue. This will be a game in which everyone expects the Pats to win by a couple of touchdowns. I think those football “experts” will be surprised when they see an offensive shoot out going back and forth. I have less confidence in the Giants defense (I haven’t said that in years) then I do in the offense. Still, the offense had some key players get banged up against the Dolphins including RB Ahmad Bradshaw and WR Hakeem Nicks. Another issue could be the fact that RB Brandon Jacobs didn’t do much when he got back on the field and it makes you wonder if he is fully healthy yet. The Giants will need all of their weapons on the field to give the Pats a real run for their money. Something else the fans are pondering about is the debut of rookie CB Prince Amukamara, will it be this weekend? QB Eli Manning is an elite NFL QB, so I’m not concerned about him one bit and never was. All of you sports “experts” are awfully quiet now that Easy Eli is balling on a top 5 QB level. Man up and admit you were wrong or lose credibility.

The Giants defensive backs will be the deciding factor in this game. There is no doubt in my mind that the Giants defensive ends can get to QB Tom Brady early and often. CB Corey Webster and CB Aaron Ross will need to bring their A-game on Sunday and hold down the backfield. Safeties Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle will also be held accountable and must prevent giving up the huge plays opposing offenses have enjoyed this season. The Patriots utilize their TE’s more then most NFL teams, so it isn’t just the WR’s the G-Men need to worry about. If the Giants DB’s do their job and the running game can get it going, I truly think the Giants can squeak out a victory by 1-3 points in a close game. I’ll predict a final score of 35-33 with the Giants win.

What do you expect from the Giants this weekend versus the Patriots?

RD –

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New York Giants 2011 NFL Lockout Survival Kit

March 23, 2011

NEW YORK – There have been many New York Giants fans that contacted me about being upset with this lockout. Some find themselves wandering aimlessly around the house or driving around their neighborhoods with no place to go. Some have taken up alternative hobbies such as painting or cooking. It’s really sad. We are going to take a look at some of the things that Giants fans can do during this lockout to keep from going insane.

There should be something for everyone and if you feel something should be added to this list, we encourage you to leave a comment below with that information.

I understand that times are tough and some fans might not be able to afford some of the items listed below. That is why I included a couple of things that you can do that are free or cost very little. Since computers weren’t as prevalent during the last lockout as they are now, it has become much easier to survive the lockout in the digital age. The NFL is also changing game rules as we speak and some of the fans are not liking what they are hearing. Changes to the kick off rules have been the most public. Why? Why are they messing with the billion dollar system? I’m not going to go into all of this because it just upsets me but I thought I would share a little here. We will cover everything once all of this madness is over with. I hope we can provide you with a little rain water during this football drought.

I fully expect the NFL to run with my original idea here and make even more millions. Just remember where you heard about the “Lockout Survival Kit” first football fans. Now, let’s take a look at the list.

2011 NFL Lockout Survival Kit: New York Giants Edition

1. Buy and watch the New York Giants Super Bowl XLII (2007) DVD  New York Giants Super Bowl XLII Champions DVD

2. Buy and watch the New York Giants Super Bowl XXI (1986) DVD America’s Games: 1986 New York Giants

3. Buy and watch the New York Giants Super Bowl XXV (1990) DVD Warner Brothers New York Giants Super Bowl XXV America’s Game DVD

4. Collect New York Giants trading cards from your local sports memorabilia store.  New York Giants 50-Pack Collectible Cards

5. Play Madden video games using the New York Giants as your team. Madden NFL 12

6. Study the history of New York Giants football. New York Giants History

7. Get some New York Giants player autographs. Player Appearances

8. Buy and watch America’s Game: New York Giants DVD. Warner Brothers America’s Game: New York Giants DVD

9. Buy and watch the History of the New York Giants DVD. Warner Brothers History of New York Giants DVD Collection

10. Buy and watch the New York Giants 10 Greatest Games DVD. Warner Brothers New York Giants 10 Greatest Games DVD

11. Buy yourself a new jersey (authentic or replica). New York Giants Jerseys

12. Take a tour of New Meadowlands stadium with the kids. Stadium Tours | New Meadowlands Stadium

13. Check out the New York Giants Ring of Honor once again (video included). Giants Ring of Honor

14. Try to win the chance to buy two Super Bowl tickets. Events

15. Tweet Pat Hanlon with any questions you may have about the New York Giants. @giantspathanlon

Whatever you decide to do fans, I would suggest one thing, don’t panic! Things cannot continue this way for very long and sooner or later everything will work out. So keep your heads up and stay strong through this horrible situation and try to remember better days in the NFL. Good luck!

RD –

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