Here are some random thoughts on the Giants and a few other topics for this week.
- I really hate to agree with the Eagles' fans, but I think this whole 'Domenik Hixon is better than DeSean Jackson' argument is silly on the part of Giants' fans. Our man 'cjmulrain' nailed the reasoning in his comment on the post (I knew there was a reason I hired the guy). If you missed his comment, here it is. It's dead-on accurate, even though I love Hixon.
Hixon is 4 years older than Jackson. If we’re talking about who’s going to be better this season, I’d say it’s probably a 60/40 bet that it’s Jackson. If we’re talking about who’s going to have a better career, you’d be absolutely crazy not to go with Jackson. I don’t like it, but the guy produced more in his rookie year than Hixon has in 4 years. I know a big part of it is b/c he got more opportunities than Hix did, but there’s a reason for that, you know.
- I think everyone should thank former Giants and Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton for his Brett Favre-ripping rant the other day. If you haven't seen it, here is some of it.
"I think it’s despicable. What he put the Packers through last year was not good," said Tarkenton, who played for the Vikings from 1961-66 and again from 1972-78. "Here’s an organization that was loyal to him for 17, 18 years, provided stability of organization, provided players. It just wasn’t about Brett Favre. In this day and time, we have glorified the Brett Favre’s of the world so much, they think it’s about them. He goes to New York and bombs. He’s 39 years old. How would you like Ray Nitschke in his last year [playing for] the Vikings, or I retire, and go play for the Packers? I kind of hope it happens, so he can fail."
"He told the Packers [after 2008 that], ‘I’m retiring,’" Tarkenton said. "They’ve got to move on. They’ve got to go through their offseason plan, their workouts, they go with the other quarterback [Aaron Rodgers], who is a good player, and then [Favre] comes back and says, ‘I think I want to play.’ … You build your team in the offseason. Everybody knows that. It’s about team. It’s not about Brett Favre. So he goes and runs up to the Jets, doesn’t even dress in the locker room with the players. Has a separate facility. Playing quarterback is about the relationships you have with your coaches, with your players, with your trainers, with your managers. How can you do that if you show up on gameday and you haven’t put the time in. And now he’s trying to do it again in Minnesota. And if Minnesota bites, God bless them."
Amazing, amazing forthright slam job on Favre. Good stuff, Fran!
- I think, no, I know I am less than thrilled with Tarketon's calling Eli Manning "just a guy." Yep, just a guy with a Super Bowl ring you were never able to win, Fran!
- We talked about new Giants' defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan last week. I think there is only way Sheridan can screw up the Giants' defense in 2009 -- and that's by putting the shackles on that immensely talented group and not letting his front seven attack the quarterback. I don't think that is going to happen.
- The Eli Manning-Tony Romo comparisons got tossed around at BBV last week. I think for their to be a real comparison Romo will first have to accomplish something -- other than being a celebrity, that is -- for their to be a valid comparison at all.
- If you're a sports fan I think you have to love the story of Kevin Laue, the one-handed young man who recently accepted a basketball scholarship to Manhattan College.
- Hot girl comment of the week: I love 'House,' but Olivia Wilde (Thirteen) as No. 1 on Maxim's 'Hot 100?' Are you kidding me? Especially when the gorgeous Jennifer Morrison (Cameron) is No. 69? I have a major problem with that.