Two things. Number one, how its amazing to be back on the laptop and blogging again as I don’t know if people reading this have followed my case but I’ve been on-off in hospital for 2 months. Watching the NFL on a smartphone was a tough ride but I got through it. Number two, what a game to come back to, Giants @ Bears, a divisional rival against a conference… The ultimate “Daddy or Chips” rears its ugly head again. The quick synopsis of this game was how the New York Giants with the same team that won one Superbowl in the last 5 years (2011 XLVI) and won another with a fair number of those same players in another Superbowl ten years ago (2007 XLII), but they enter 0-5. The Chicago Bears enter 3-2 after starting 3-0 but games after those wins against the Bengals, Vikings and Steelers, came back-to-back loses against the Division Rival Detroit Lions and Conference Rival New Orleans Saints.
This was labelled as the game that could possibly restart Big Blue’s season as if 0-5 was unthinkable, 0-6 was simply crazy-talk. As much as I dislike hyperbole it really was a nutty thought as the Giants are honestly better than this. I personally contribute it all to their Offensive Line, that O-Line that keeps their Quarterback (QB) Eli Manning upright, clean, a master of time in the pocket and master of the pass. But this season has been different, unfortunately tackle David Diehl (WK1), center David Baas (WK2), guard Brandon Mosley (WK3), guard Chris Snee (WK4), and those were the initial knocks, probably more since. The “O-Line’s for Dummy’s” cheatbook would say “never get old together and never get injured together, a lot of a five man O-Line were injured together and now there’s talk of retirement for members of a Pro Bowl O-Line.
I find it hard to ever root for a divisional rival so I thank my mum for teaching me “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. Well I could say something nice, Brandon Marshall is a serious “Sultan” for his awareness of Personality Disorder. But just to see a divisional rival is never fun, I mean how Gord went with us to Wembley to watch the 49ers (divisional rivals to “his” Cardinals) was mammoth. I like me the American Football but am I self-centred? It was a good game though as England witnessed Tim Tebow’s 1st NFL TD, that Vikings game clearly came too soon as I was still in hospital the week before. Either way this season has to already be seen as “panic button” as yes the Giants are still some 2 or 3 games out of 1st place in a vanilla NFC East. This Giants team may be in an “ok” position though they haven’t won a game. The Bears are currently leading the way as 4-2 vs. 0-6… That’s-that-then as there’s something to ponder.