I've always had nothing but respect for the entire Manning family, and it goes beyond football. I've listened to Archie speak before at a little function in Columbus, Mississippi several years back. I grew up around Saints fans for the most part, and was around to watch Archie have to run for his life during his days with the Saints.
I've always said the most impressive thing about Eli was the added pressure he had to live up to. Not of being the #1 overall pick and the face of an NFL franchise in the largest media market, but living up to a last name. Always being compared to his brother, and his father. Of course, he had to do that even at Ole Miss where his dad played.
Eli Manning became an elite quarterback in the playoffs in '07, and has been ever since. Eli is a silent assassin. Don't ever let his golly-shucks outward demeanor fool you, that's to appease Mrs. Manning.
I wore a Giants shirt today. Still am. Damn proud of it too.
But when the trumpets blew again and the knights charged, the name they cried was, "Stannis! Stannis! Stannis!"
2 conference titles (not "near misses"), 2 actual SB appearances and 2 SB wins in 4 years and 3 days = the only legitimate elite team (and elite QB) in the New York Metro area. Oh, did I mention, the only legitimate elite HC also?
No teams taking knees to gift backdoor entry into the playoffs; no dead teams walking. The Giants did it the old fashioned way: they earned it!
Them's the facts: anything else is just deflection, spin and denial
(My dad was a lifelong fanatical Giants fan who idolized YA Tittle, Kyle Rote, Frank Gifford, Alex Webster, Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli, etc. From years and galaxies removed, I can feel his smile warming me up as I type this)
Last edited by Vaark; 02-06-2012 at 12:00 AM.
Eli is a winner.
Props to Eli for coming through when it counted!
Just win Phin baby!