New York State of Mind! GO TEAMS!!!
~ Amy Lignor
As soon as you believe New York is down, the entire city stands up to prove you wrong. This is that city that houses history; this is that city that will provide you with ‘Patience’ and ‘Fortitude’ on the steps of the most incredible library in the world, and then prove to you every minute that those are two gifts that the people of New York own.
Doesn’t matter what you say. Doesn’t matter what experts with their stats say, or how they call the ‘end game’ as soon as the bloody season starts. Any NFL fan will tell you that right now, considering the experts have basically been wrong since Game 1 when it comes to the best teams in the league and who will get to the Super Bowl. New York City had a mighty night that everyone in the world stood up and cheered for…no matter what sports team they happened to like.
No… one of the best was not actually playing a home game, but you can bet that millions were watching television, or watching their iPods, or listening to their radios, so they could see and hear the New York Yankees ‘captain’ look like a movie star in a blockbuster tale, while also not missing out on having some ‘Eli’ while he pummeled the Washington Redskins. Everyone witnessed BOTH of New York City’s favorite teams score and score big.
Derek Jeter is gone, but not forgotten. In fact, I can guarantee the minute next season rolls around for baseball, people will actually be weeping that the Captain isn’t there to lead them and give them hope for another parade to be held in Manhattan for their World Series champions.
But if you’re going out – go BIG! Jeter showed, yet again, that he knows what he’s doing on that diamond. He walked-off on his career by hitting a walk-off single, and causing a celebration that truly mimicked that World Series moment. The Yankees won in the ninth – and without Jeter there they would not have. The man didn’t sob, but he choked up. He left the rest of us to cry, wishing to God he would play another, oh…say, ten seasons just for fun before retiring. Just ten, we’re not asking for a lot.
And in Washington, D.C. the experts with their stats called this game for the redskins…almost ALL of them did. RGIII is out (again), and Cousins was being praised up and down, left and right for his abilities. They were jumping on bandstands. What happened? Well…GIVE ME SOME ELI. As Jeter was making his history, Eli Manning was leading the New York Giants and letting everyone know – including those completely mixed-up ‘experts’, that he was still right here. The two-time Super Bowl winning QB has learned the new system, and threw that football like it was coming out of a cannon. Short throws, long tosses – BAM! – these throws were beautiful. And then, on one, he just saw an empty meadow frankly, and walked the ball in himself. He was even taken out in the 4th because, come on, once you’re up 45 to 14 you don’t really have to risk your neck. Yes, they are 2-2. However, perhaps if the experts see the game, they can remember that Seattle is NOT the only team in the NFL that should be talked about.
Perhaps it was just a supernatural New York event where the gods and goddesses wanted people to remember what New York City represents and produces in the form of sports teams and sports leaders, but I’m going to go with the fact that New York just plays real well. And when they have a hard time, or lose a game, they are pushed into the basement immediately. Interesting, considering that Eli DOES have two Super Bowl rings. Yes, I know his brother is heralded as an archangel – but he only has one. That is a memorable stat that no one seems to bring up.
Kirk Cousins, by the way, is now being slapped. Come on, experts. You cannot twist and turn. You can’t like one guy one minute then completely say ‘I’m worried’ after one bad game. People have bad games…they still get to the Super Bowl and win. Ask Eli.
So here is a shout out to New York! Here is a fond farewell to Derek Jeter (please rethink retirement, Captain. We’re begging you. When you turn ninety, absolutely step away…but you’re nowhere near 90 yet).
Eli Manning is there. The Giants were learning a new offense. Got it!? The pre-season is just that, the pre-season. All teams are working out their kinks from their restful summertimes, so give Brady, Rogers, Kap, and all the ones you ‘used’ to like at the beginning of the season, a break. No one is done yet, guys. Oh, and by the way, Seattle did lose a game already out of their first three, as well. I wonder if someone over there had a bad day. Hmmm…
Bring on the rest of the games. Eli, you know you can do it. You’re climbed that mountain before. And when it comes to baseball, although it would have been lovely to see Jeter complete his career with the World Series winning smile pasted to his face – either way, it was a stunning moment in sports.
Experts…please take your ‘analytics’ somewhere else. Frankly, it seems that YOU are the people who are playing ‘fantasy’ football…without a net.