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It’s not all bad, bELIeve me … by Jade Capristo

Happy 2019 football season to my nonexistent readers!

I can’t believe we’re celebrating 100 years of the beautiful game. It seems surreal – almost as surreal as the critics blaming Eli Manning for the state of the New York Football Giants (again), but I guess that’s just how things are now.

So let’s get into it, shall we?

The Giants have gone 0-2 to start the season, which is disheartening to we fans, but also not the end of the world, contrary to popular opinion. We’re not a sinking ship that is the Miami Dolphins, although we could trend that way if management doesn’t get their s**t together, and benches Eli for his rookie clone, Daniel Jones. We’ve showed signs of hope these past two weeks, and improvement between weeks one and two. And I, personally, don’t believe this current record is nothing the Giants can’t recover from heading into week three. It’ll take a few changes here and there, mostly on defense, but it’s about time New York became a team that fixed its ailments as they arise, rather than upon season conclusion.

But before I touch on the reparations I’d willingly chat with Dave

Gettleman about, let’s start with the blaringly obvious non-issue that is Eli Manning.

For all the fools out there who are blaming yet another subpar kickoff to season on this poor guy, I ask you this: how is it his fault?

No seriously, I’d love to know how Eli has single handedly ensured the team starts 0-2; because I’m pretty sure he’s combined for 556 yards in two games, complete with two TD’s and two interceptions, one of which is still, in my opinion, one of the worst ways to count an interception against any quarterback. Need I remind you that Eli is playing with an entirely shredded receiving core?

Sterling Shepard, out with concussion.

Golden Tate, suspended because he had the audacity to attempt procreation with his wife.

Corey Coleman with a torn ACL.

And now Cody Lattimer, out with a concussion thanks to the Bills cheap helmet-to-helmet shot that literally had him blacked out on the field, but of course wasn’t a penalty against Buffalo’s defense.

So, who the hell is he supposed to throw to? TJ Jones? Never heard of him until yesterday, when Eli tossed him a touchdown pass at the back of the end zone. Is it really the most logical thing to bench a veteran quarterback, in favor of a rookie, in the midst of an injury brigade?

Even without all of his primary receivers, Eli has managed to stay somewhat composed in the Giants semblance of a pocket; he’s even turned on the wheels when needed and become a little more comfortable staying on his toes this season – because he’s had the time. Time in the pocket in football is a luxury indeed, for any quarterback. For Eli, it is absolutely essential, as we all already know he’s not particularly mobile. But since he hasn’t had to be this season, the offense looks improved, despite the injuries. I have very few complaints with the Giants o-line, which is a massive turnaround from last year when Eli was running for his life at every snap of the football.

Saquon Barkley is as ferocious as ever, trucking defenses with ease, and Evan Engram has stepped up in his role as tight end/slot receiver. The offense has gelled, and will continue to do so, so long as the defense can make sure we’re not constantly playing catchup.

Which has been the case of these combined two first games. And Daniel Jones can’t fix that.

Now, we all know the Giants offloaded most of their once-indispensable purchases. Remember when they dropped $206 million of guys like Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Landon Collins? All those guys are gone now. In fact, the only remainder from that massive defensive purchase is Janoris Jenkins. Our defense now looks as Swiss cheesy as our o-line used to – equally as full of holes that opposing offenses hang out in with ease. Against Dallas, we had zero pass rush and no sense of direction in our linebackers. Granted, the Cowboys o-line has been notorious for its impenetrability. But the Giants showed some improvement against Buffalo, getting to Josh Allen twice and almost forcing a turnover.

My father will tell you that none of this is favorable and we can’t expect a rookie defense to come together and be the Big Blue of old. But I still feel the hope that Pat Shurmur has enough of a hold on the locker room to get his guys to push for success. After all, if he could do it last year, midseason, with the offensive line, why not again for his defense?

The NFC East is not yet lost, and the Giants have the tools to turn it around. So long as they disregard the naysayers, stand behind their Iron Man, and work on their defense, I think the Giants can be better than what they’ve achieved thus far.

But maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

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Thanks to our friend, Jade Capristo for allowing us to repost her blog. The link to Jade’s post can be found at:

It’s not all bad, bELIeve me

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Tiger Woods and PEDS

The question has arisen in the past as to whether Tiger Woods has ever used performance enhancing drugs (PEDS). It’s not so simple as a yes or no answer, but one can look at certain characteristics to asses probabilities.

Consider the following:

  1. In the early part of the 2000’s, three athletes dominated their sports like no other athlete before or since, Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, and Tiger Woods.  The first two on this list are known PEDS users.
  2. Besides their success, they all share one other characteristic, which is a narcissism of the highest order. That is to say, they don’t see themselves as needing to follow the rules that lesser mortals are subject to.
  3. Tiger has been injured a lot more than any other golfer I can think of.  The truth is, it’s not that grueling of a sport.  His many injuries are, at minimum, curious.
  4. Tiger cheated on his wife with a rather startling enthusiasm.  In addition, he’s the worst tipper on tour.  Here’s guy worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and he can’t be bothered to give a valet five dollars?  What’s that have to do with anything, you might ask.  Well, it suggests that doing the right thing isn’t at the forefront of his decision-making.
  5. Last season, he committed a couple of known rules violations, as called out by the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, one in which the ball moved at address.  He claimed the ball only “oscillated,” but it clearly moved, which would have cost him a stroke.  So, again, rules are to be ignored if you’re the ubermensch known as Tiger Woods.
  6. His name has been connected with a doctor who was a known to prescribe HGH. The doctor claims he never provided HGH to Tiger, but silence can always be bought.
  7. The PGA tour does test for PEDS, but consider this.  Tiger Woods is the face of that organization.  His presence at any tournament increases viewership by several-fold.  If he did test positive, would it be in the tour’s interest to announce such a thing.  It would not.  In fact, it would be financial suicide.  Sponsorships would fall by the wayside.

What does this all add up to?  Certainly, there’s no hard evidence that Tiger has ever used PEDS.  But, given what we know, the probability is certainly well above zero.