Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Commissioner Bans Giants from MNF


In a stunning press release this afternoon, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has banned the New York football Giants from playing on Monday Night Football for the foreseeable future. Goodell is said to have acted on a request from the website, "My Pinstripes".

Okay, it's just wishful thinking. How many Monday night's must we waste watching the Giants, no matter how good or bad, play horrendous football? The same goes for those Sunday prime time appearances too. It's driving us absolutely crazy (perhaps crazier).

The Giants were 8 point favorites over the Browns last night, based on their tremendous start and the Browns awful start. Someone forgot to tell the Giants. The defense gave up 454 total yards of offense and that old, interception prone, Eli Manning showed up on offense. The result was an embarrassing 35-14 loss to Cleveland.

Now there's nothing wrong with losing, but there are different ways to lose and this one was a stinker. The Giants running game was good. Derek Ward topped 100 yards, and with Brandon Jacobs, and Ahmad Bradshaw, the Giants gained 181 on the ground. But Manning was erratic and under more pressure than he's seen in a while. With the Giants down 27-14, he threw the back breaking pick to seal the deal.

The Giants had driven to the Browns 15, but Eric Wright intercepted Manning's pass and returned it 94 yards for a back breaking touchdown.

The Browns did everything they could to help the Giants out, committing 10 penalties, including what seemed like an endless number of false starts.

No Gonzo

The Giants won't be adding to their offensive arsenal as had been rumored. Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez was on the block and the Giants were extremely interested. But today's trade deadline passed and Gonzalez is still a member of the Chiefs.

Goodell Chomps PacMan

Roger Goodell may not have bounced the Giants from MNF, but he did suspend Adam "Pacman" Jones indefinitely for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Jones got in a scuffle with one of his bodyguards outside of a club on October 7.

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