Until further notice, the only thing the Giants have left to sell is dysfunction.
This will surprise soccer media that traditionally portrayed the franchise as different from the rest, even when the theory was more myth. that the reality During those many seasons when the Giants were on the way to not making the playoffs, the writers and the opinion makers built a smokescreen, reminding Free World about the two Super Bowl victories with Eli Manning directing the show . Or the glory years under Bill Parcells when Lawrence Taylor, a player with a nose for football and cocaine, was entering Canton.
Yes, when things went south, it accentuates the past and what it did for you, the fanatic. And never forget how the late owner Wellington Mara "saved" the NFL by pressuring his fellow owners to divide the money on national television equally. And you only have to look back to last summer when those "wise" prematurely waved pom-poms that predicted an appearance in the Super Bowl for the Giants this season. The problems of the offensive line were put in the bonfire of the media, portrayed as a minor flaw, especially by those who supported Jerry Reese as if they were propagandists propping up a tin horn dictator.
He took Club Brainiacs (also known as John Mara, Ben McAdoo, Reese), without hallucinating clumsiness of Manning's apparent transition to QB Giants of the future to make many of those in the car of the Giants media finally realize that the organization is not the only thing they believe. It took many moons for the Giants to build this sacred image and about three days for the media to shoot down, at least until the suspects use the reverse field and begin to build it again.
Any future PR spin is not going to undo the damage, or the word "Giants" conjuring up chaotic images. And you can not blame this one for Odell Beckham Jr. But how will he react to all the changes when he returns next season? How will he respond to a quarterback who can not deliver the ball on time or a new coach if McAdoo has a pink slip? Will Mara & Co. allow a new coach to allow OBJ to be OBJ? How did this work for McAdoo?
Get it. The organization comes out of Manning's mess even with a bigger mess in their hands. Unless this hyper-scrutiny of the Giants by media allies is fleeting, the only way to rekindle the reputation of the organization's "care" is to win and win big. It will be difficult, probably impossible, to do that next season. And if Manning goes the other way and succeeds, well, it's not hard to predict the reaction of fans who respect the way he behaved on and off the field.
It turns out that the clbad that Manning emanated was not contagious to the people he worked for. You know what, it's fine. Owning an NFL franchise forces you to be relentless and ruthless. Having a mostly sycophantic medium, as the Giants have enjoyed for years, sends a message that dirty treatment can be done with a benevolent approach. That's silly. Loyalty has no place in a business where doing the wrong thing is a standard operating procedure.
The bottom line, not the image, is all that matters, even for the Giant Saints. Ask Eli.
THE AFFECTIVE LIFE OF THE POPE
In the final days of his reign as the Pope of Sports, Mike French has spoken about wanting to leave as number 1 in his final grade book.
How is he when he goes mouth to mouth from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN-98.7?
Not bad. In November, the French WFAN soiree got a 6.8 turnout, good for second place in the market in the key demographic, men 25-54. Kay's cat party recorded a 5.8 fee, which placed her third in the market and still a surprising distance away from pbading on to His Holiness. As French days are reduced to a few "precious ones," speculation continues about where it will land when it returns to herd herd. After commenting on the recent diatribe of the French Giants (did the Pope clear the diatribe with Parcells?), Howard Stern of SiriusXM was not exactly enthusiastic about the idea that Frances might possibly reach SXM.
Stern said he was not sure that French could draw a crowd. "We need people who bring subscribers," Stern said skeptically in his Wednesday program. "(We need) People who will move the dial."
Not exactly a resonant backup, right?
On the rare occasions when Tony Romo from CBS goes out for a breath, Jim Nantz has something good to say.
Like last Sunday, after New Orleans tight end Coby Fleener was crushed by a Rams defender in the fourth quarter. When Fleener re-entered the game, Nantz wondered if he was even submitted to a concussion protocol.
"If it was, it was the fastest procedure," said Nantz.
Three minutes later, Tracy Wolfson reported how Fleener "was verified" by a concussion. Nantz noted that the check-up was a bit late. Amen.
SUPPORT & # 39; TAKE & # 39;
There are some sunshine coming out of Bristol Clown Community College, where poor grades and layoffs dominate the conversation.
In November, the First Take audience increased by an enormous 70% during the same period last year. The show averaged 511,000 spectators from October 30 to November. 26. Why the increase?
While the two Gasbags, Stephen A. Smith and MeMax Kellerman, along with presenter Molly Qerim, have a lot to do with the numbers, there are certain "contributors" who leave the bank and turn on. up the proceedings.
We are referring to Tim Tebow, Professor Paul Finebaum, Donovan McNabb, and the last instigator, Will (Super Sub) Cain. These cats know how to inspire a REAL debate, not a prefabricated game.
& # 39; HOPE & # 39; IS ETERNAL
If the Bronzes need spiritual guidance, they may want to see the pre-Jets show on Sunday in SNY, specifically for the "Lightning". of the Hope segment.
Yes, in the midst of the usual NFL tumult, the right Reverend Ray Lucas (okay, so it's not officially ordered) brings the prospect of a better future for a team, you, me or any other pair of eyes looking.
Making this segment even more inspiring is the background music provided by Willie Colón, not the salsa musician and social activist, but the former lineman and social activist Jets / Steelers.
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TYPE OF THE WEEK: ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
The star of the Caps has not reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs during his illustrious career in the NHL. However, he wrote his ticket to the Hall of Fame of Rewarding the less fortunate when he thrilled a 13-year-old cancer patient with the promise of scoring a goal, and then making a hat trick against Toronto. He even celebrated the achievement with his young admirer in a happy wardrobe.
DWEEB OF THE WEEK: JOHN CURRIE
The search fiasco of head coaching in Tennessee, led by Currie the sports director, seemed to reach its peak when former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano did withdraw his offer after Vols fans protested the hiring. Man, we were wrong. On Monday it was rumored that Purdue coach Jeff Brohm was in the race. On Tuesday it was Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, a fan favorite. It arrived on Wednesday and it was reported that an offer was made to Dave Doeren of NC State, who turned Currie off. The AD has spoiled this search so much that the university threw it out the door on Friday.
What John Mara said: "Obviously we have some difficult decisions to make at the end of the year and who knows what will happen".
What John Mara wanted to say: "I do not mind admitting that I have no idea, now, leave me alone".
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