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Why I Love Football

So many other sports going on right now.  But here I am in the offseason wishing September would get here faster.  So here's food-for-thought on a slow weekend from a football-deprived fan.  

Football has more teamwork and coordination than any other sport I can think of.  It's not unusual to have all 22 players involved in a play, both pre-snap and after-snap.  I don't think any other sport comes close.

Other sports have impressive athletes performing incredible moves of agility, power, and speed.  Same as football.  But most actions in baseball basically involve 3 people: pitcher, batter, catcher.  In soccer and basketball there's teamwork for sure.  But a lot of those games involve one-on-one matchups, taken one at a time.  Football has all of these matchups going on at the same time.  I like watching tennis as the French Open is on.  But (with the exception of doubles, which gets little publicity) tennis is all one-on-one.  There's lots of strategy and athleticism, but no teamwork to speak of.  Golf, same thing, with even less strategic interaction than tennis.  I think hockey is dynamic like football...I guess I'd like it better if I had ever learned to skate.  :)

I think the teamwork angle makes the coaching and planning roles in football more important.  And I think that just makes it more interesting and exciting to watch.

For me, the opposite of football are the individual events at the Olympics.  Impressive stuff no doubt...but just plain boring compared to football.

What Kind of Coach is Ben McAdoo?

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from the movie, “The Breakfast Club.”  “You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal.  Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”  I believe that is what vexes people when it comes to coach Ben McAdoo.  He doesn’t fit the most convenient definition.

It would be comforting to many if Ben McAdoo fit one of the usual definitions for a head coach.   The brilliant Xs and Os coaches like Bill Belichick, the player-friendly coach like Buddy Ryan, the Disciplinarian like Tom Coughlin or a great motivator like Bill Parcells.  When you try to apply one of these usual categories to Ben McAdoo, they don’t seem to fit any more than the suit he wore for his initial press conference.

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How Drafting DT Dalvin Tomlison in Round Two Was a No-Brainer

It’s funny how the Giants draft, in the mind of many well-informed fans and pundits, hinged on the second round pick of 3 tech defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlison, who was picked to replace the departed Johnathan Hankins.  The reason many fans and pundits feel that way is they felt the biggest need for the Giants was a starting caliber offensive lineman, preferably a tackle, to bolster what was a less than ideal offensive line last season.  So when the Giants drafted Tomlison at pick 55, that meant they passed on the last two offensive tackle prospects with year one starter potential in Dion Dawkins and Taylor Moton.  Beyond those two picks what remained was projects and maybe a possible starting guard prospect. 

The reasoned approach by these fans and pundits was that they could draft a starting offensive lineman in round 2 and then come back and draft the defensive tackle in round 3 or maybe even later.  There would have been considerable praise had the Giants drafted OT/OG Dion Dawkins in round 2 and came back in round 3 and drafted Hankins replacement.  Shaun O’Hara, who infamously railed against this year’s Giants draft, certainly would have been a happier camper.  Dawkins could have added some potential competition to Ereck Flowers and as a fall back offer a nice upgrade to John Jerry who’s pass blocking was adequate but who was a liability in his run blocking, which is pretty important for the right guard position.

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Quote from: MightyGiants on November 22, 2017, 01:10:11 PMI think that the way offensive linemen are scouted needs to be adjusted.  When you see reports about good technique and feet (like you saw with Wheeler) that has to be mor...
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Quote from: UKGiantsFan on November 22, 2017, 02:52:36 PMI'm officially old at 46. I not only know the names of all these guys I also saw them all play (coach in Dan "Air" Coryell's case).  Whatever happened to there being an old...
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Quote from: MightyGiants on November 22, 2017, 01:06:10 PMBob,I noticed on some of the Baldy commentaries as well that the enthusiasm is a bit much.  I am looking at plays where Wheeler either allowed pressure or allowed his man...
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Quote from: todge on November 22, 2017, 05:44:28 PMBoy has JPP mailed in the season or what?  What are the Giants going to do with him?  OK contract geeks - what is the cap hit if the Giants cut him outright in the offseason? [/...
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The NFL will play 3 games on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23, 2017 (11/23/17) as the Los Angeles Chargers face the Dallas Cowboys, the Minnesota Vikings meet the Detroit Lions, and the New York Giants face the Washington Redskins. Here's the holiday TV schedule.
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Big Blue View

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, our friends at SB Nation are using the obvious “what are you thankful for?” as this week’s theme question. This has, of course, been a miserable season for the 2-8 New York Giants. Still, there is much that Giants fans should be thankful for. That starts with the four Super Bowl titles won by the franchise. Whatever this year’s record is, there are many fan bases that would trade places with Giants fans. While many of you have wanted Eli Manning run out of town for years, you still get to watch the best quarterback...
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Both teams will be banged-up for Thursday night game As had been anticipated since early in the week, guard D.J. Fluker will not play for the New York Giants on Thursday due to a toe injury. Fluker, who did not become a full-time starter for the Giants until Week 6, has been an instrumental part of an improved offensive line. Jon Halapio, a first-year player who has only nine snaps of NFL experience on offense, is expected to start in Fluker’s place. Offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) will miss a second straight game. Middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle)...
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