Thank you Ed Valentine, for letting the cat out of the bag that I have been bad luck since you brought me onto to this big blue ship. I had the same effect on R.A. Dickey this past summer when I picked him up for my fantasy team after he started out something like 5-0, and then suddenly his knuckleball stopped knuckling. I released him and he returned to being awesome. More on the supposed "Farley curse" later, but let's get to some serious Giants' business--namely, can they stop fumbling the ball and can they beat a suddenly and extremely competitive Jaguars' team at home Sunday? They can't slip to 6-5 again like last year when they lost to San Diego, and the season became desperate. Anyway, here is some pre-Turkey fodder....
If Ahmad Bradshaw and Eli Manning can't hold on to football, Tom Coughlin may lose grip of job
Now, just two weeks after the Giants were declared by many the best team in their conference, Coughlin has to do more than make a symbolic last stand. Coughlin has to coach his brains out to turn this thing around, to lead a reeling, injured club back around toward a playoff spot. Or else, he may not be coaching here next season. Yes, somehow, we are back to that again: Six games left for Coughlin to prove he deserves another contract extension beyond next season, if he even wants one.
Very true. The fumbles are not TC's fault, but the losses ultimately will be if they continue to mount.
Eli Manning Has Quietly Become Giants’ Most Frequent Fumbler - NYTimes.com
For all of Coughlin’s pleading consternation about fumbles over the years — most famously with running back Tiki Barber and most often with subsequent backs like Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw (who fumbled against the Eagles, too) — the biggest culprit, quietly, has been Manning.
Indeed, Manning has seven fumbles, one more than Bradshaw. The article also mentions that Eli has 59 fumbles in 99 games while his brother Peyton has 57 through 202 games. Yikes. I wonder what the conversation will be at the dinner table Thursday. "Hey, Eli," will say Peyton. "Pass me the potatoes, and DON'T drop them."
New York Giants' Eli Manning must prove once again whether he is truly an elite NFL quarterback, like his brother - ESPN New York
It's time for Eli Manning to prove once again whether he is truly an elite QB. That's because the Giants haven't suffered the one injury that would truly end their season. Manning might be throwing too many interceptions and diving when he should be sliding, but he's still healthy -- and as long as the franchise quarterback is standing in that pocket, the Giants' season continues to breathe, no matter who is blocking in front of him and who is catching his passes.
Giants DT Chris Canty rips Eagles guard for two 'dirty' blocks | NJ.com
"I don’t play that way. I never have," the Giants’ guard and tackle said. "There’s a difference between cutting somebody and cutting somebody from behind late like that and going after somebody’s legs. I think it was a dirty shot. If you’re out in the open and cut somebody from the front, that’s legal, when you see them coming. But when their back’s to you, we all know that’s blatant." Attempts to reach Herremans through the Eagles’ media relations department were unsuccessful. Herremans was able to get in touch with Canty after the final whistle. "I said something to him. He wanted to speak to me after the game," Canty said. "I said, ‘There’s no place for that, no excuse for what you did. It’s not acceptable. It’s not.’"
One thing that kind of slipped through the cracks after Sunday's game were those two penalties on Eagles' guard Todd Herremans. He was flagged for clipping and for an illegal chop block on Chris Canty. The article says the first one was called tripping but should have been a clip. I remember it as being called a clip, because I also remember not having heard that called in about 20 years. Can anyone clarify? Anyway, Canty is not happy, and it should be interesting when Herremans visits the Meadowlands in a few weeks.
Ascending Jaguars are in postseason hunt | jacksonville.com
There surely won't be any knocks on the Jags here this week. And well there shouldn't be as they are 6-4 and leading the AFC South. Well, they're tied with Indy but technically ahead of them because of that ridiculous 59-yard field goal by Josh Scobee that knocked me out of my survivor pool. Ugh. Anyway, our own Ed Valentine had this to say about the Giants' desperation for a win Sunday.
And now, as Ed mentioned Tuesday, he is blaming me for the bad luck the Giants have suffered these last few weeks. Let me say for the record that I am not a witch and I am not bad luck. However, I did read up on how to break the spell that seems to have coincided with my being brought on board.....
Voodoo reverse a hex spell | Doktor Snake's Voodoo Spells And Conjure Shack
If someone has been poor mannered enough to hex you, you might like to send their bad work back to them with this voodoo reverse a hex spell.You’ll need a skull candle, which you can get from spiritual supplies stores. You’ll need to get everything ready in advance as the working is done at the stroke of midnight. This is what you do. Burn some Jinx Removing incense and anoint the skull candle with Uncrossing oil. Light the skull candle as the clock strikes midnight.
Remove Curse And Stop Bad Luck
Curses are no fun.They can ruin your life.You can remove a curse. I call the process Remove Curse or Reverse Curse. There are many kinds of curses from the everyday anger we project on someone or something else to the professionally constructed and projected curse from someone practicing black magic. Sometimes we do not even recognize we are cursing or that our own cursing is what most leaves us open to being cursed.
How to Get Rid of Bad Luck
If you’re going to learn how to get rid of bad luck, scroll no more – here you will find aggressive, slightly bizarre strategies for reversing your luck and reclaiming your mojo.
This one is particularly hilarious. I mean, look at the guy who is writing the blog. He also mentions having intercourse with an ugly person as one of his methods. That of course, is something former baseball funnyman Mark Grace used to talk about. See below ...
The real definition of a 'slumpbuster' - Kansas City News - Plog
(Mark) Grace cured his hitting woes and losing streaks by, well, here's exactly how Grace defined a "slumpbuster" on a 2003 episode of Jim Rome's TV show, Rome is Burning. "A slumpbuster is when you have to take one for the the team," Grace said. "It's finding the biggest, nastiest, fattest broad, and you put the wood to her to come out of your slump. Also known as 'jumping on a grenade for the team.'"
Funny that Grace mentions the word "grenade," as that was the word Ed mentioned in his Kudos and Wet Willies Monday morning. Coincidence? I think not.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, guys!