Good morning, New York Giants fans!
Barkley and Mayfield each have their supporters for the Rookie of the Year Award. They have a friendly wager on who will win the honor, which will be announced Saturday night.
Barkley told Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot that there is a chain riding on the outcome of award:
“It’s for a chain,’’ he said. “The loser’s got to get someone else a chain. We get to pick the chain and we get to have fun with it because obviously everyone’s talking about who’s going to win, and at the end of the day we’d love to see each other win, but we’d also love to see ourselves win too, but we made a little bet with it just to show how friendly we are that it’s bigger than just the award.’’
“I know everyone is saying a quarterback should have been taken before me,” Barkley said on the Rapsheet & Friends podcast on Westwood One this week. “And you know, they’re not wrong. That’s their opinion. They can have their opinion. But some people believe I should have been taken at that pick. And they’re not wrong, either. They can have that opinion.”
“But at the end of the day ... ” Barkley continued, “I got to go out there and try to have success the (best) way that I can ... not to prove anybody else right or wrong.”
Amazing. Fans who comment on websites could actually learn something from that comment. People can actually have different opinions without someone being right or wrong. Who knew?
Barkley was making the media rounds on Friday. Here are a couple more Barkley headlines.
Warner has been where Manning is now. He seems to think Manning might be better off finishing his career with another team.
“I don’t think the question is whether Eli can still play," Hall of Fame quarterback and current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner said Wednesday. "I think the bottom line is, can they still play the way that fits his skill-set. If they can, I believe he can play for a couple more years if he wants to. But, if they’re not going to play that way, and they can’t protect him the way that they did earlier in his career, maybe it’s time to go somewhere like his brother did, and find a better fit, so he can still have success.”
The fans who spoke to NJ Advance Media’s Ryan Dunleavy at the Super Bowl appear to be ardent Manning supporters.
This one, from good friend Patricia Traina, is an insightful read.
Dwayne Haskins grew up in Highland Park, N.J. and “would love” coming home to play for the Giants.
“I grew up watching Eli Manning back when he had [Jeremy] Shockey and [Amani] Toomer and Plaxico [Burress]. I loved that team.’’