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Eagles – Giants: 7 Ruined Narratives

Mark Saltveit - October 20, 2015

The Eagles game worked out the right way, leaving the Birds in first place in the miserable NFC East weeks before I thought they’d be able to claw their way into that position. It was an ugly game, obviously, but it broke a lot of popular theories about this team and the Giants. That’s at least interesting. Here are a few of the failed stories:

1) Sam Bradford was rusty, he’ll get better.

Nope, he’s getting worse. It was intolerable when Bradford threw two interceptions in each of the first two games. Then he kept his slate clean against the Jets and Washington, leading to false optimism. Now he has has returned to Sanchezian double-INT games, and upped the ante with a third tonight.

I’m not going to advocate benching Sam because people forget all of the problems that Sanchez had: besides interceptions, he failed to see wide open receivers (e.g. the Seattle game), and never threw downfield or even outside the numbers. And while he could theoretically run with the ball, the fact that he never did — and his success the one time he did, in the first Dallas game — made his refusal to do so even more painful.

But Bradford was just bad tonight. His long throws have been routinely short all year, and his three interceptions tonight were made worse by the fact that he wasn’t even under any pressure. The Eagles had a hefty lead. It was a battle of wills between Sam trying to let the Giants back into the game, and their stubborn refusal to accept his gift. In the end, New York “won” that epic crap-off.

A lot of you wondered earlier in the year why Bradford didn’t take shots down the field. Well, tonight Sam showed you!

I suppose Bradford could still turn this season around and prove that he’s a legitimate franchise quarterback, but right now, the best thing you can say for him is that he helped the team a lot by not signing a long-term contract when they asked him to.

2. Eli Manning is awesome in Ben McAdoo’s offense.

The praise for Eli and McAdoo was totally out of hand before this game, and up through the first drive which in fact was a thing of beauty for New York. The MNF crew were even going on about Tom Coughlin’s “New Age West Coast offense,” which, yeah, is cutting edge 1985 stuff.

What that offense mostly is, is predictable. The Eagles destroyed it last year in a humiliating shutout, and only allowed one TD drive tonight before they got New York’s number. Sure, the Giants are executing better and improved their offensive line somewhat — Odell Beckham Jr. wasn’t even playing well yet last October when the Eagles faced him — but the Eagles have figured a couple of things out since then, too.

Against the Eagles tonight, Eli Manning was the same old Eli, looking nervous and getting picked off a lot. The short-passing game undoubtedly did reduce the margin of victory, though, since the Eagles’ run defense was a steely-eyed monster and any alternative was was bound to do better. Even the Colts’ Swinging Gate play. Continue Reading

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Lawsuit Alleges Eli Manning and Giants are Lying, Defrauding Jerks

Kyle Scott - January 30, 2014

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A lawsuit obtained by the New York Post alleges that Giants equipment and locker room managers, Eli Manning, and other players were part of a defrauding scheme to sell fake game-worn memorabilia to collectors while, in many cases, the actual items remained with Manning and others.

You can read the entire 77-page suit after the jump, but here’s the gist of it: In 2011, a memorabilia collector, Eric Inselberg, was indicted for memorabilia fraud. He allegedly sold fake Giants items. His case was dismissed in 2013 when his lawyers claimed that Giants staffers had lied to a grand jury in an effort to cover up their own involvement. Inselberg is now suing Manning and the Giants.

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Included in the lawsuit is a 2008 e-mail exchange between Inselberg and [equipment manager] Joe Skiba, in which Skiba appears to acknowledge he created fake game-worn gear at Manning’s request.

“Hey Joe, my buddy was offered an eli game used helmet and jersey. Are these the bs ones eli asked you to make up because he didnt want to give up the real stuff?” Inselberg writes in the exchange.

Skiba — replying from account “jskiba@giants.nfl.net” — writes, “BS ones, you are correct…”

Some of Manning’s alleged fakes were sold through famed memorabilia house Steiner Sports, with whom he had an exclusive deal.

Steiner, believing its items to be authentic, sold them “to unwitting customers and sent them via the mail,” the suit says.

Angry buyers started to complain after noticing that markings on their items didn’t match those that appeared in pictures of Manning’s game-day duds.

But Manning told Steiner they were legit, and Steiner resold returned helmets to other buyers, the suit claims.

Perfect, and likely planned, timing for the suit. The whole Manning clan, and presumably many friends and family, are in North Jersey for the Super Bowl this week, making it instantly newsworthy.

A Giants rep told the paper that the claims are false: “This suit is completely without any merit whatsoever and we will defend it vigorously. We will not otherwise comment on pending litigation.”

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The Eagles Marketing Department is Trolling Eli Manning

Kyle Scott - October 27, 2013

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Yes, Philadelphia, We Did Get to Experience Another Championship with Our Athletes… on Twitter

Kyle - February 5, 2012

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The unhappy campers are above. 

And now the Eli lovers…

JVR was tweeting about the two-time Super Bowl winner, and took some heat for it. 

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Yes, "what a clutch."

The always-entertaining halftime show caused Twitter to explode. Madonna's performance saw an average of 8,000 Tweets per second for five minutes.

Reactions to Madonna's performance from the Philly sports scene are after the jump.

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