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Brady is guilty but won’t be punished

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Removing the Tom Brady suspension was the correct thing to do, the legal thing to do. Tom Brady did beat the NFL, but not because Brady is innocent. Brady beat the NFL because Goodell mishandled the case. Brady is guilty, but legally the NFL screwed the pooch.

The court ruling (which you can read for yourself), says that the facts stand. Brady probably knew about the deflated balls. Brady did interfere with the investigation.

Yet, despite his guilt, Brady’s punishment goes away. The judge provides three reasons for removing the suspension:

(A) inadequate notice to Brady of both his potential discipline (four-game suspension) and his alleged misconduct; (B) denial of the opportunity for Brady to examine one of two lead investigators, namely NFL Executive Vice President and General Counsel Jeff Pash;
(C) denial of equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes.

What does it mean?

(A) Gooddell gave Brady a 4 game suspension because deflating footballs is like using performance enhancing drugs. If you just said, “wait a minute shooting up with roids is totally different than deflating a football” then you get it. The judge said that Brady had no reason to suspect that deflating a ball would net a 4 game suspension like using roids would. By law, the NFL has to make sure that players know what counts as an infraction and what punishment comes with the infraction. The NFL didn’t do that.

(B) The NFL didn’t let Brady’s lawyers talk to Pash, who worked with Wells on the deflategate report.

(C) Goodell talked about the interview notes and how they helped him decide Brady was guilty. Then he refused to let Brady’s defense team see the notes.

So it looks like the NFL needs a good lawyer because they have no clue what they are doing.

Jets beat Giants which is bad but could be worse

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

So the Jets beat the Giants in preseason ball. The\ Jets weren’t going to do much this season anyway, and Sanchez is not a franchise QB, but he was probably going to be their starter. Anyhow, Sanchez was hurt playing in garbage time and their backup Geno Smith looks like a rookie who needs a few more years on the sideline because he has no business being on the field (though you can see some potential there). Ryan put Sanchez in because he wanted to win, but you don’t have to be an NFL head coach to know that your starting QB behind your 4th string offensive line is a bad idea.

The Giants were hurt by injuries as well – Stevie Brown was probably starting the season at safety, but it looks like his non-contact knee injury will keep him out for a while.

Eli Manning looked rushed in the pocket, and he didn’t seem to move around in the pocket to buy extra time the way we’ve seen him do in the past.

Weekly WTF refs? thread

Monday, October 29th, 2012

The spot of ball after Bradshaw’s run with about 1:30 to go left Coughlin and us fans irate. I’m not sure if he definitely got the first, but at the very least it was so close that it would only have been inches and forced a measurement. The line judge spotted it an entire yard short. Inside 2 minutes, the official in the booth needs to review that. An understandable error from the on-field official maybe he thought Bradshaw’s knee was down before he stretched across the 33. But the call on the field was clearly bad from the replays so wake up replay booth guy.

One sided officiating:

Dallas CBs got to do whatever they wanted to Giants receivers but Giants fans had to deal with potential heart attacks when the refs threw a flag on Prince near the end of the game. Even though it was offensive pass interference, you just knew the refs were throwing the flag against the Giants. Thankfully they huddled up and decided not to make the fix as obvious as that call would have made it. (joke – I’m not a conspiracy guy – I just think the refs suck) One set of rules for Scandrick playing the slot and another for Hosley. Same with Claiborne and Prince.

Amukamara had been warned earlier by an official that his coverage was teetering on the edge.

“I was warned, but I’m an aggressive corner, I like to put my hands on them,” Amukamara said.

He was sure that on the play that produced his puppy dog face, he did not interfere with Dallas receiver Kevin Ogletree.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Amukamara said. “He was the one grabbing me. “The ball was overthrown and we were both touching each other. Usually in that situation the call does go to the offense. Thank goodness they reversed it.”

Equally mind boggling = Hosley’s first illegal contact. He initiated contact within the 5 yards, but then was practically attacked by the receiver who nerly took Hosley’s helmet off. And yet the call was on him?

Several very bad missed holds in Dallas’ backfield, Cruz especially victimized.

The clock: We want to give them a TD but that would be too obvious since Bryant was clearly out of bounds. Let’s put some extra time on the clock instead so Dallas can run more plays. WTF? There were 6 seconds when Bryant landed out of bounds so why move the clock to show 10 seconds left?

Monday night football Broncos vs. Chargers offensive pass interference

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

So the regular refs, including Jeff Triplette, are back and the officiating is still terrible. A brilliant Broncos comeback could have been ruined by a horrible offensive pass interference call against Denver late in the game. This negated a long completion and probably took points away from Denver because i don’t think Decker was down by contact. So that was a touchdown in my book. According tot he professional refs we have back on the field it was something else.

The terrible offensive pass interference call on Decker certainly gave the Chargers the ball back when they didn’t deserve it. Luckily, this call didn’t decide the game, but it could have and it was bad. Can’t the NFL do something to make sure these kinds of mistakes don’t change the outcome of a game?

Jeff Triplette is still employed by the NFL.

But Monday night has another important lesson for Giants fans: Eli Manning is 10 times the QB Phillip Rivers is. That guy was a turnover machine tonight.

Giants bitch slap Harbaugh and the 49ers

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Jim Harbaugh deserved to get slapped. Luckily the Giants brought their A game and shut him up. Or at least gave him a beating that ought to shut him up.

The Giants offensive line, with Locklear at right tackle and Beatty at left tackle was great against a tough San Francisco front 7. Manning was not sacked and Bradshaw ran for over 100 yards.

I’d love to give the defense all the credit, but Alex Smith certainly gets some of the blame. The Giants picked him off three times and when you win the turnover battle you’re supposed to win the game.

At any rate, the Giants looked good.The 49ers looked bad. Dallas and Philly lost. A great Sunday.

outrageous, irrational, absurd, incendiary

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Kevin Gilbride

They have great players. They’re tremendous, they’re tough. They have great speed on the outside, Smith is a beast on the inside, he’s strong, he does as good a job of grabbing a hold of offensive linemen and allowing those twists to take place. He never gets called for it so he gets away with murder. That, in conjunction with the ability level they have, makes them as formidable as anybody we go against, and we go against some pretty good ones in Dallas’s and Philadelphia’s. They’re as good as anybody up front.

Some whiny bitch in the 49ers organization

Kevin Gilbride’s outrageous, irrational statement regarding Justin Smith’s play is, first, an absurd analogy. Second, it is an incendiary comment targeting one of the truly exemplary players in this league. It’s obvious that the Giants coaching staff’s sole purpose is to use their high visibility to both criticize and influence officiating.

This was a statement released by 49ers PR.

By the way, the officiating still sucks now that the regular refs are back.

Giants crush Panthers with help from the lines and backups

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Ramses Barden and Andre Brown stepped up for the Giants but they were able to thanks to strong play from the offensive line. The defensive line did it’s job as well, so our secondary was able to be pretty aggressive out there. Of course Carolina is fairly weak so the Giants basically did what they ought to have done – great to watch but not exactly epic to beat the Panthers.

Meanwhile, Corey Webster says the game will be better when we get the old refs back. I dunno. I don’t miss the old guys. They were pretty shitty so I don’t think they should have gone on strike in the first place. These guys might be a bit worse but on TV it doesn’t bother me.

Meanwhile, the NFL sees lots of dirty / fineworthy stuff in the Giants – Bucs game. Good thing we won or the Giants getting fined for the kneel down antics would be tougher to swallow. KP hit a defenseless player in the head but the didn’t launch and didn’t lead with the helmet. But he has been fined before.

Giants lines vs. Tampa Bay lines

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

In week 1, the Giants offensive line was poor. The Buccaneers defensive line dominated in week 1. This means our offensive line is going to have to play a whole lot better or it’ll be another long day on offense.

Now the defensive line is supposed to be our big strength. And while our defensive line had some moments where individuals beat their man, overall Dallas was able to pass and run. With the passing it’s easy enough to blame our injuries but still, we didn’t stop the run and who do you blame that on?

Can the Giants stop the Bucs from running? It will take some improvement because they do have a decent running game.

So play better than week 1 guys!

Giants vs. Jets preseason highlights

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

While the Giants first team offense struggled, our defense was great. Still some nice ctahces by Cruz that are fun to watch:

Giants 2012 Super Bowl champs

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

So I left my beach on Waikiki Beach and headed back to my room to change into shorts and my LT jersey. Then I walked most of the way back to the beach to check out Duke’s, the bar in Outrigger Waikiki that someone had recommended. I didn’t see any TVs with the Super Bowl on. So I headed most of the way back to my hotel to another bar I had passed where people seemed pretty into the game.

So I sit at the bar and hear a few guys behind me cheering for the Giants. So I turn around and ask if I can join them. One dude’s Canadian so i don’t know why he was rooting for the Giants but the rest were Denver fans and since New England had just destroyed Denver in the playoffs, they were rooting for the Giants. Doesn’t matter why, they were rooting for the right team and they were good company.

The game itself? What more could you ask for? I couldn’t hear the announcers but half the time that’s a bonus anyway. I was hoping the Ginats would run the ball a bit more, especially at the end. But Manning showed why he’s the Giants highest paid player. The defense held the Patriots to 17 points.

Which brings me back a few years to Jan 30, 2008. “We’re only going to score 17 points?” Brady said chuckling. “OK. Is Plax playing defense?” The Giants won 17-14 in Super Bowl 42.

Well, in 2012 the Giants were all playing defense. Good tackling. Big games from Justin Tuck. Good game from Chase Blackburn (great story there), good games all around really.

Interestingly, luck was on the Giants side. Usually they have to overcome bad luck but today they could just focus on beating the other guys. Two fumbles they recovered. A big drop from Wes Welker. Or just a bad pass by Brady. Both really.

Anyhow, I’m on vacation. More on the game later.