New York Giants: Eli Manning Is Under Fire Heading Into Week 4
The Panthers set a team-record with seven sacks of Manning in Week 3. Three came courtesy of Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy. Hardy, who also had eight tackles, manhandled Giants left tackle Will Beatty, the man who was paid a premier blindside blocker’s salary over the offseason. As I watched Beatty chase Hardy all Sunday, I could think of 38.75 million reasons why he wasn’t worthy of that type of money. But, hey, all touchdown-nullifying, momentum-killing holding penalties aside, Beatty wasn’t the only O-lineman to turn in a crappy day’s work. Center David Baas was just as pathetic, and Chris Snee is really starting to show his age. And don’t forget about the rookie Justin Pugh, who is starting out on the right edge. Is it too hardsh to give F’s across the board to the OL? Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) September 22, 2013 Throw in an unstable backfieldwhich currently features an injured fullback, an off-the-couch version of a former Super Bowl star and a second-year locomotive that just can’t get on trackand you can probably hear the sound of Eli’s bones crunching as you read this. Don’t worry, folks, David Diehl is coming to the rescue: Interesting tidbit from Giants source: @davediehl66 “having special splint made for finger to get him out on the field by this weekend.” But seriously, it only takes one hit. Like the one on Tom Brady in September 2008 . Or the one that ended Brett Favre ‘s career-start streak at 297 in December of 2010. Yet Manning is willing to take on more. He keeps talking about a ” spark ” that the team seems to be missing (via ESPN New York). Although he’s already averaging nearly 40 attempts per game, Manning believes he can do more.
Washington & Wall Street: Trouble Ahead for New York City
Yet avoiding hard choices is precisely how Mayor Bloomberg has managed to direct the affairs of New York City and even increases services without significantly raising taxes. The efficient, pro-business facade maintained during the Bloomberg years is now about to disappear, revealing a local political equation that is unfamiliar to most residents and considerably to the left of even New York States liberal political center. The Democratic front-runner for Mayor is Bill de Blasio, a socialist from Brooklyn, who lives in a $1.1 million row house in Park Slope. George Orwell reminds us in the classic book Animal Farm that some animals are more equal than others. De Blasio certainly fits that mold. He takes his political queues from the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Keep in mind that De Blasio has never had a real job and is a professional politician who says that fighting for equality was his lifes work. No surprise, then, that President Barack Obama, who himself has never had a real job, endorsed his candidacy. De Blasios big idea: free universal prekindergarten for all children, paid for by a tax on those New Yorkers earning more than $500,000. His most interesting claim to fame is his past support for Nicaraguas Sandinista party. Given his avowed socialist world view, it is no surprise that two of his opponents expressed alarm about his political beliefs. Its pretty obvious we think very, very differently about the way the governments of the world should work, Joseph J. Lhota, the Republican Mayoral nominee, said at a news conference, adding: In his own words, he called himself a democratic socialist. Its really unfortunate that thats the level that weve come to in this city. Adolfo Carrion Jr., the Independence Party candidate for mayor, was even more pointed in a statement to The New York Times, accusing Mr. De Blasio of propping up a brutal dictatorship in Central America, and asserting that his political philosophy was inspired by Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. What ever happened to Fiorello La Guardia, New York Citys Mayor from 1934 to 1945? New York voters who are surprised by the radical views of De Blasio and other local Democratic politicians in New York City can thank Mike Bloomberg. The Mayors national media presence and disdain for local politicians nicely cloaked the left-wing menagerie that is the New York City Council.