Monday, February 6, 2012
The other thing I love about Coughlin is he is the polar opposite of his loudmouth neighbor, Jets coach Rex Ryan, who guarantees victories his teams cannot win and instills discipline like a public school substitute teacher. Neither Coughlin nor Manning are glitzy, New York celebrities. In fact, I think Eli has turned into more of a hick while in New York than when he was in college, but that's the beauty of his country-ass demeanor. He doesn't get caught up in the hoopla and never loses his composure. Sometimes you need a good ol' boy to set things straight in the big city.
Much was made of Tom Brady's wife Gisele whateverthefuck her last name is, some Brazilian "super" model (what constitutes a supermodel I'll never know) who apparently knows so much about football she had the audacity to criticize Brady's receivers. True there were more than a few dropped passes in the game, but that last one by Wes Welker was unfair. He makes catches like that all the time, but therein lies the problem. He makes tough catches look routine, and in all fairness that was a difficult one. And if Gronkowski were healthy, maybe he would have made this catch, but the reality is it was a poorly thrown Brady interception under extreme pressure-
And Eli Manning, who is 8-0 on the road during his last two Superbowl runs and was again voted MVP of the game. What makes this performance legendary? Just watch his pass to Mario Manningham. Without that catch, there is no Superbowl for the Giants. This is what all great quarterbacks have in common-transcendent plays when it matters most.