Some members of the media will have you believe that the Giants players have stopped playing for their coach. While most of them are just stirring the pot, some of them are clueless. The Giants defense showed heart and played well enough to win under their embattled DC Perry Fewell. It was the offense, in particular Eli Manning, who gave the game to the 49ers. With Pugh out, Manning was under pressure all game and until the 4th quarter, the running game was no help. We have seen Eli have bad games but this was almost laughable.

While I long for the days where the Giants would run it four times,if necessary, at the goal-line, I realize at times you have to pass. At that juncture of the game the Giants were running the ball with success at least enough to try to run it in. Even if you don’t agree, calling three straight fades is downright ridiculous. If the Giants  score there, I believe they win that game. I am a huge Eli supporter and always will be, however I firmly believe if Coach Coughlin would have taken Eli out of the game for a couple of series and re-enter the game it would have at least let him gain his composure and maybe, just maybe fire him up. I know in this QB driven league some would say this is heresy, but if a cornerback or an lb was having as poor a game as Eli was having, would they have stayed in the game? Why should Eli be exempt from being accountable for his poor performance – and another question is, if you know you are never going to be benched, you’ll never have any fear of failing. What I always hear from the coach and Eli himself is that he has to get better and can’t turn it over as much. Ask yourself this question: If Phil Simms threw three interceptions during a game would he have been in there under Parcells to throw a fourth? I know the Coach has to be politically correct these days but you also have to instill fear in your players that if you don’t perform you will be replaced.

Fear is the greatest motivator and as far as I am concerned it’s time for the Coach to step up and make a tough decision that to me would make Eli understand he is not above the team and must step up. If Eli continues to turn the ball over and he is allowed to continue then why would we think things are going to get better? This Sunday night the Giant nation needs a win against the hated Cowboys and if Eli is having an off night, it’s time for the coach to step up and hold Eli accountable. Why not try yanking Eli for a series or two? After all football is the ultimate team game isn’t it?

Giants vs. 49ers Pregame Thoughts

Posted: November 16, 2014 by BSRadmin in Football
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This week we’ll see if these Giants have any pride. Can you imagine how pumped Kaepernick is to run the read option against the Giants, who have had no answers to stop or even slow it down? The Giants must show discipline on defense this week or it will be another disaster. Can Perry Fewell put his defense in position to compete this week or will this team give another sub-par effort?

On the other side of the ball, the running game should get a boost depending on how many snaps Jennings will play, but let’s hope Eli stays patient and doesn’t force the ball into double coverage. Once again, I find it amazing that some of the Giants defensive players say they have one of the most talented defenses in the league. Now everyone in the NFL is extremely talented, however when you let a team set a record on you with basically the same play you must be delusional. Let’s put it all together and play hard-nosed disciplined football for 60 minutes and make Big Blue nation proud.

Giants vs. Seahawks Post Game Thoughts

Posted: November 11, 2014 by BSRadmin in Football
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The once proud Giants defense looked like a sub-par high school team on Sunday against an average Seahawk offense.

The rest of the league knows you have to limit “Beastmode” and take away Wilson as far as the read option. For a while it looked promising and then, during a record setting performance by the Seahawks, it all collapsed drastically. I can’t believe at the highest level of football, the best coaches and players in the world, that the Giants had no adjustment to stop the “zone read.”

When JPP was asked after the game, “Were there any adjustments made at halftime?” His reply was, “I don’t know I was in the bathroom.” Now, it’s hard to believe that’s true but judging from the second half it sure looked like the Giants defense had a”shit in” at halftime. I’m sick and tired of hearing about injuries and excuses why, the fact is Perry Fewell had no answers to even slow the onslaught down.

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At times it looked like some of the secondary members shied away from even attempting to tackle Lynch. The tackles and McClain came to play and that was it. The bottom line is the head coach is under the gun here when, to every Giant fan it appears obvious, our once proud tradition of great defense is over as long as Perry Fewell is the defensive coordinator. If it’s the players who are disinterested in the game-plan then my apologies to Fewell. If that’s the case then let’s put some less talented, hungry players out there and get rid of those who seem to be content living in the past or who aren’t disciplined to stay home and do their job. Either way I wish someone would wake this team up because they have been an embarrassment the last two games. I haven’t given up yet but in the name of the great Giant tradition, make some kind of move to wake this team up!

The Curse of the Biebs

Posted: November 9, 2014 by BSRadmin in Football, Misc
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On Saturday night, the players of the Pittsburgh Steelers were surprised at bible study by pop sensation Justin Bieber.

And Pittsburgh’s defensive end, Cam Heyward, seemed just as confused as everybody else, tweeting this Saturday night:

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Looks like the Biebs took a page out of rapper Drake’s book. We can only hope he doesn’t start ‘blessing’ other teams with his presence as the Steelers fall to the Jets 13-20.

Let the angry/conspiracy/hilarious tweets commence…

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New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford announced on Saturday the launch of his new philanthropic organization, The Steve Weatherford World Champion Foundation at Momentum Cycling and Fitness Studio in Momentum, NJ.

He pulled up to Momentum with a group of very excited fans awaiting his arrival. He got out of the car and immediately went up and gave high fives all around. Then he asked the kids if they always did their homework, to which they all unanimously screamed “Yes!” He asks, ok so who can tell me what 11×4 is? A little boy yells 44! Weatherford high fives him and hands him a signed cleat. The boy was thrilled.

Couldn’t have been a better start to the day.

Weatherford’s foundation directly benefits the many charitable initiatives Weatherford serves – from his Rush the Punter and Kicks for Kids programs in his home town of Terre Haute, Indiana  to his New Jersey based Project Prom campaign, which benefited high school victims of Superstorm Sandy, his health and wellness involvement with Wellness in the Schools and Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, and helping underprivileged children with Second Chance Toys.

“I am so excited to be able to formalize my charitable work under the umbrella of my new foundation, which will serve to support all of my philanthropic efforts,” says Weatherford. “Our focus will center on family and fitness.”

 

 

With the start of the 2014 NFL season — and, of course, Fantasy Football — sports fans nationwide will be tuning in to check out how their teams and players are performing.

That feeling when one of your key players gets injured has to be one of the most nerve-racking moments. A million questions run through your mind, is he out for the game? half the season? the whole season?

To answer your question(s), here are the most common football injuries and their average recovery times:

  1. Head injuries
    Some of the most dangerous and brutal injuries to watch — and to sustain for that matter — are those to the head. Ranging from mild to severe, head injuries can put a player out for a few days to a few months, depending on the severity of the damage. If your player gets a mild concussion, he may only be out for under a week, but if it’s a traumatic brain injury, your player will most likely not see the field for a few months.
  2. Ankle injuries
    A strain can be caused by pulling a muscle or a tendon, and with the amount of strenuous movements that football players go through in practices and games, strains on the ankles are all too common. Recovery periods for this type of injury can last between two to six weeks.
  3. Shoulder injuries
    According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, shoulder injuries are the fourth most common football injury. Whether it’s blocking a tackle or diving for a football, the two most common types of injuries are shoulder dislocation and shoulder separation. Dislocation injuries are usually the result of a fall or a hard tackle and have a recovery period of three to twelve weeks, while shoulder separations take a little less with a typical recovery period of six weeks.
  4. Leg injuries
    An incredible amount of a player’s strength and prowess come from the legs, which is also why they may be susceptible to more injuries. Hamstring injuries account for the most commonly torn muscles in football and can occur if a player exerts a lot of energy and the muscles are not warmed up or fatigued. Contusion injuries can occur from blunt force trauma and, as a contact sport, football churns out this type of injury all too often. Both hamstring and contusion injuries take approximately one to six weeks to heal.
  5. Knee injuries
    Abrupt changes in direction as well as the almost-every-play tackles can wreak havoc on a player’s joints, muscles, and ligaments. ACL, MCL, and meniscus tear injuries are some of the most common knee injuries. ACL injuries are often non-contact injuries that occur during sudden rotating motion. MCL injuries arise when there’s been a particularly brutal force to the outside of a knee, and meniscus tears often happen during a tackle where there is a twisting motion, usually with the foot placed firmly on the ground. MCL injuries and meniscus tears can have a recovery period ranging from one to six weeks, while ACL injuries, depending on their severity, can have a rehabilitation period of up to a lengthy nine months.

Hopefully your favorite players experience none of these injuries, but if they do, we wish them a speedy recovery! Good luck this season.

 

 

 

Each football season, there’s the risk that goes through each football player’s mind: the risk of an injury that could prevent playing time.

For New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, this risk recently became very real. Weatherford tore four ligaments in his ankle, an injury that is detrimental to his position.  Dr. Tehrany, of Manhattan Orthopedic Care, used his expertise to comment on Weatherford’s injury:

“Weatherford’s injury seems mild based on the way he injured the ankle. Unfortunately, the MRI scan is not 100% accurate in cases of torn ligaments. The initial physical examination and follow-up exams will be crucial. Torn ankle ligaments are classified as mild, moderate, and severe. He will need plenty of RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) as well as physical therapy.”

Even though the leading orthopedic surgeon can’t be sure exactly when he will be fully recovered, it’s clear that he doesn’t think Weatherford should take his injury lightly. Time and patience will be key in this case.

To avoid these types of injuries, here are some precautionary measures an athlete can take:

  1. Don’t push a smaller injury.
    When a player is mildly injured on the field, the best way to make sure
    that the injury does not turn into something much more serious is to give the injury rest. It is important to
    get any and all injuries checked before proceeding with playing time.
  2. Stretching.
    Before each practice and game, every football player knows that the secret to
    preventing an injury is stretching each part of the body. Even 15 minutes of stretching can go a long way
    for avoiding injuries.
  3. Knowing whether to heat or ice a small injury.
    Manhattan Orthopedic Care warns not only football
    players but all people with an injury to research and know that ice is better in the first 24-48 hours and
    heat after in order to aid with pain relief.
  4. Warm up and cool down.
    Small exercise activities before and after playing time allow muscles to
    get ready for playing and increases blood flow.
  5. Stay hydrated.
    During any physical activity, it is extremely important not to underestimate how much
    fluid that a body needs. Continuously grabbing for a sports drink or water can keep the body going and
    avoid an injury.

At the end of every football player’s day, the secret to success is staying healthy and active. Through these measures, a safer and longer lasting game can be on the rise.