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More of the Same?

More of the Same?

by J.D.Cook

It’s been a rough couple of years since the Giants were last in the Superbowl. First we failed to qualify for the playoffs with a winning record of 9-7 in 2012. Then we had our first losing season in eight years in 2013. Finally things looked like they hit rock bottom last year when the team went 6-10. The Giants hadn’t been that bad since Coughlin’s first year as head coach. The worst part of watching these past three years has been seeing the team in situations the pre-2012 squad would have triumphed in. This isn’t the same crew that could drive a game winner down the field for a win or get a defensive stop when it’s necessary. That said there is hope this year.

Last night’s game against the Cowboys was one of the most exciting Giant’s games I’ve seen since their good years. Unfortunately, that all got washed away by one astoundingly stupid play. With 4th and Goal and needing a touchdown to put the game away, the Giants elected to…kick a field goal. The drive before Romo had proven virtually unstoppable and it was clear that he was going to be in a similar mode with the game on the line. Had the Giants went for it on 4th and goal and failed to get the score, Romo would have had 99 yards to drive. Instead the Giants not only kicked the field goal, ensuring Romo would be in a due or die scenario, and they also decided to kick the ball short in a bid to waste clock. When the kickoff was over the Giants had essentially spotted Romo 30 yards of field position. The rest is the stuff of Giants fan’s nightmares.

Now about that hope I mentioned. Steve Spagnolo’s Defense looked surprisingly spry. If his front four get some push they could make some serious noise. The offense failed to score but they converted on multiple 3rd downs and were without Victor Cruz, who will hopefully return soon. When he does the Giants might have an impressive offense. I don’t think it would be crazy if the Giants ended up 9-7 this year but maybe I still have a bit of that season opening optimism.

Up next: The Falcons.

 

New York Giants Blog by J.D. CookThe Giants Blog is published every Monday during the NFL season while the New York Giants remain viable contenders (which in 2011 was right to the end and their Super Bowl championship). On the weeks when the Giants have a Monday night game, the blog will be published on Wednesday. The blogs are thoughtful (albeit heavily biased) analysis of the Giants’ performance from our editor-in-chief and Giant fanatic J.D. Cook.

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If I Was Commissioner

If I Was Commissioner

by Tuesday Morning Tailback

Special guest post by J.D. Cook

The League seems to be in a constant state of controversy lately. Whether it’s Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson or the recent “deflategate”, we can’t help but think the Tuesday Morning Tailback would be more suited to run the league then those in power at the moment. With that in mind here are some of our solutions to solve some of the leagues current problems.

4 Point Plan to Improve the NFL

1. Zero Tolerance Rules for Substance Abuse or Conduct Unbecoming of a Player

This would include (but not be limited to) child abuse, dog abuse, spousal abuse, shooting self with gun while at a nightclub or even shooting others. Playing in the NFL is above all else a privilege and if you bring shame to the game you don’t belong in it. The same goes for the recent deflate gate situation. If it turns out to be 100% legitimate then someone should be sent from the league in the Patriots organization as this would mark the second time in seven years that the team has been caught trying to cheat. Fines don’t seem to have had any effect on players or organizations and have proven themselves as nothing more than jokes to the players who make millions of dollars.

2. Reduce Pass Interference Penalty to 15 Yards

This maximum penalty should be implemented so as to not unfairly impact a football contest. There are so many times in the NFL season that a controversial pass interference call gives a team a go-ahead touchdown that you’d think the NFL would have already changed this rule. Making it yard penalty instead of a spot penalty insures that teams don’t attempt hail Mary’s at the end of games or half’s in an effort to draw a pass interference penalty in the end zone. 15 yards is still a huge chunk of yardage and no intelligent cornerback would willingly take the penalty and give their opponent a first down with it.

3. Restore the Classic “Sudden Death Overtime”

Or move completely to College Football Overtime rules. One of the reasons the Tuesday Morning Tailback started was in opposition to the change of overtime rules in the NFL This was done quietly without much fuss and no decision has irked me more. Sudden Death is responsible for making the NFL America’s game after the fantastic 1958 championship game and it was unceremoniously taken out back and shot without so much as a goodbye. In its place we’ve been given a half assed overtime that neither pleases football conservatives or those calling for college rules. Appease one group and move on.

4. Restore a Sense of Football being a Blue-Collar Sport

Start by reducing ticket prices so that regular fans can make NFL games more than a once in every five year occurrence. Although there are still some teams that seem to have a blue collar fan base there are teams like, the N.Y. Giants, who have shunned those fans in recent years by hiking up their ticket prices and making football games exclusive celebrity driven affairs. The Blue Collar fans are the ones who actually live and die for NFL teams and they are the ones who should be filling NFL stands in favor of people who only go to games on Sunday for team buffets.

Those are my sure-fire solutions to fix the N.F.L. but we don’t just critique the NFL we also critique the NFL Media, so with that in mind we have some other ideas on how to fix their problems.

2 Point Plan to Improve NFL Media

1. Do Not Create Undeserved Hype for a Team

Just because it has a large fan base and viewership (Dallas Cowboys), over hype can negatively impacted the team itself as well as fans of every other team. It seems like every year the Dallas Cowboys are the team to beat and we’ve really had enough. I’d much rather hear about any of the other 31 teams in the NFL then Dallas on a daily basis. The Cowboys themselves would also probably love to be relived of the constant inflated expectations. They might even prove to be the team the media says they are when they aren’t saying it all season long. Every other team and fan of those teams hears the hype and wants to beat them that much more. Along with that a recent study showed that the Denver Broncos and not the Dallas Cowboys were ‘America’s Team’, or at least their favorite. So why do we keep getting hit on the head with the Dallas Cowboys!?

2. Stop Celebrating the Prima Donna over the Hard Workers in the NFL

Every year it seems like the biggest loudmouths become the talk of the media. While quietly great players are left in the dark. I’d rather hear an inspirational story about someone I don’t know as well then a report on what antics a loud mouth is up to any day of the week. Last year the media made Richard Sherman into a household name because of inflammatory comments rather than his very good play on the field which actually wasn’t very good on the play he received so much praise for.

Ah it’s all going down the toilet. Hire the Tuesday Morning Tailback and maybe we can still manage to save this thing with a football shaped plunger.

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Tuesday Morning TailbackTuesday Morning Tailback is a weekly article during football season which take a critical look at the NFL. We do this from the base belief that NFL football is the greatest game in the history of mankind, but some recent policies and the overall direction of the league has chipped away at this greatness. Our primary goal is to spark debate on these subjects, so please leave your own opinion on this article in the comment box below.

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Giants 2014 Season Wrap Up

Giants 2014 Season Wrap Up

by: J.D. Cook

There is only so much one person can write about a losing season. I learned this truth last year when I blogged about the Giants entire losing season. It was kept interesting by the fact that although we started poorly, we went on a late season run at the playoffs that came close to actually happening. This year there was no such magic to be had. We went on a longer losing streak that took us from in the heat of the playoff race straight out of it and then off a cliff for some good measure. So in that spirit I decided to write one final Giants blog about the second half of the Giants 2014 season and where they should go from here.

The Positives
Odell Beckham Jr., he provided a spark to the offense that propelled it on a late (if pointless) winning streak in December. The defense still looked pretty decent this year and I think the Giants have a solid secondary. The special teams also played a pretty good year as there were only a few instances of mistakes involving kick offs, kicks or punts in general. (This past week excluded, of course). Josh Brown actually had the highest success rate in terms of making field goals (92.3) of any Giants kicker in history. Eli Manning also had a fairly good year in terms of statistics throwing one less interception then his brother Peyton.

The Negatives
The Giants lost to every challenging opponent they faced this year. Starting with the Eagles they went on a seven game losing streak that made the 2014 season even worse than the 2013 season. The offense looked completely useless at times and the Giants run game didn’t factor heavily into any of their contests this year. The defensive line failed to get enough sacks or pressure to make many big stops.

Two Minute Drill

Although I am fine with the Giants deciding to keep Tom Coughlin as their coach I am not sure how the team will improve next year. I don’t think installing a new offensive coordinator would be the correct move either but it’s hard to think someone shouldn’t be let go after the Giants failed to improve after a terrible 2013 season. Beckham Jr. looked great this year but who knows if he will be as effective next year or fade as he gets older like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Perhaps Beckham Jr’s dominance this year will lead to a resurgent Cruz next year. If the Giants improve their defensive and offensive fronts and add a tough running back they should be back in contention next year. That said…I was hopeful going into this year after a dismal year before. I hope I’m not writing this same blog next year.

 

New York Giants Blog by J.D. CookThe Giants Blog is published every Monday during the NFL season while the New York Giants remain viable contenders (which in 2011 was right to the end and their Super Bowl championship). On the weeks when the Giants have a Monday night game, the blog will be published on Wednesday. The blogs are thoughtful (albeit heavily biased) analysis of the Giants’ performance from our editor-in-chief and Giant fanatic J.D. Cook.

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Seahawks Rain on Giants

Seahawks Rain on Giants

by J.D. Cook

The Seahawks looked terrible in the rain this week. Russell Wilson couldn’t complete a pass and their running backs were fumbling up and down the field. So all I have to say is the Giants lost to this terrible team to illustrate just how bad they are playing this year.

The Positives
To be fair there were a lot of improvements this week compared to their horrid loss to Indianapolis last week. The Wide Receivers seemed to understand that the loss last week was squarely on their shoulders and they seemed to catch almost everything this week. Parker had an especially good turn around and Odell Beckham Jr continues to look like a real N.F.L. talent. The Giants secondary looked fantastic as well.

The Negatives
Unfortunately none of that matters when the Giant’s defense can’t stop a single run. The Seahawks wanted to give the game to the Giants on a silver platter but the Giants wouldn’t take it. Instead they gave up record rushing yards to Seattle’s offense.

Two Minute Drill
The Giants look like their proverbial goose is cooked this year. They haven’t won a single game in a desperate stretch of contests that aren’t over yet. They still have to play the 49ers and the Cowboys in the next two weeks before things get any easier. If the Giants don’t win one or both of those games they will most likely be eliminated from playoff contention shutting the door on a very mediocre 2014 season. At that point I’m curious to see if Tom Coughlin will retire and where the Giants will go from there.

 

New York Giants Blog by J.D. CookThe Giants Blog is published every Monday during the NFL season while the New York Giants remain viable contenders (which in 2011 was right to the end and their Super Bowl championship). On the weeks when the Giants have a Monday night game, the blog will be published on Wednesday. The blogs are thoughtful (albeit heavily biased) analysis of the Giants’ performance from our editor-in-chief and Giant fanatic J.D. Cook.

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Brutal Truths

Brutal Truths

by J.D. Cook, guest “Tailback”

I like to think of the Tuesday Morning Tailback as a feature that says the things that sports journalists cannot. On Big Blue Bullfrog, we aren’t bound by political correctness, donations or trends! We just tell it like it is. So here are some brutal truths and opinions that you won’t find anywhere else.

The NFL’s History is Dying

Last night, the Colts and Giants played and, although the contest barred no similarities in terms of game-play, it did remind of the famous 1958 Championship game that put the NFL on the public’s mass radar. How times have changed since then…now sudden death overtime, the very thing that made that game so classic, has been disbanded by Roger Goodell‘s ‘progressive’ thinking. How long will it be until the game we all grew up with no longer resembles the one that we grew up with?

It Already Does
Because Goodell has essentially outlawed kick returns by moving kickers up on kickoffs one of the most exciting aspects of the game is diminished to the point of having little impact. You are lucky if you see one or two good returns in a game. This was done in the name of safety but common sense and a lifetime of watching football make me aware that injuries happen in the game no matter how many precautions are taken. It’s part of the game.

Goodell Hates Kickers!

Seriously…everything I’ve heard him say and many of his decisions that have indicated that he does not see the kicker as a vital NFL position. Hence why they can no longer win games in overtime or have an impact on starting position on kick offs. This wouldn’t bother me so much if Goodell would just axe kickers instead of constantly trying to do it so half assed. If you don’t want kickers to determine winners in overtime…make it sudden death without kicks. If you don’t want people getting hurt on kick offs then just have one team punt to the other.

Adrian Peterson will Probably Return to the League

I don’t know how these players get away with the things they do. Does talent on the football field translate to a free pass off of it? I’m a dog lover, so I still can’t understand how Vick is playing in the NFL again. This is shameful and I hate to be Mr. No-Forgiveness but if you play in the NFL you are held to a higher standard and if you beat your child with a hickory stick to the point of injury, you should immediately loose the right to play in that league.

Hail to the Redskins…

How much longer will I be able to say that? While I can see both sides of the controversy I tend to side with people who defend the name. It’s existed for 82 years and there were few to no calls to change it prior to the recent flare up of it as a ‘hot topic’.

Hot Topics Suck

On that note remember only just a couple of years ago when the sports media tended to focus on sports? Now it seems like everything is discussed and looked at from every angle – except football. Dare I say that Sundays are AN ESCAPE! We don’t watch the sport to be bludgeoned with political correctness or opinions! We watch it because we want to see our team compete with another one for pride, bragging rights and sheer entertainment.

The NFL is NOT the World Cup!

A few years ago the NFL tried something called NFL Europe. It started some minor franchises overseas and it was an interesting concept. It failed pretty fast though. So why on Earth are Goodell and the NFL so obsessed with pushing games to London? It is okay for the NFL to be America’s Game! If the head honchos in the N.F.L. are so obsessed with diversify and becoming multicultural, why don’t they open franchises in Canada, Mexico or any other countries that are on our side of the pond?

The NFL’s going down the toilet but don’t be mad at us, we’re just reporting what we see while it does.

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Tuesday Morning TailbackTuesday Morning Tailback is a weekly article during football season which take a critical look at the NFL. We do this from the base belief that NFL football is the greatest game in the history of mankind, but some recent policies and the overall direction of the league has chipped away at this greatness. Our primary goal is to spark debate on these subjects, so please leave your own opinion on this article in the comment box below.

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Sue Jerry Jones

Sue Jerry Jones

by J.D. Cook

I’ve seen this game before. That’s why I started writing this in the 3rd quarter. Once Larry Donnell fumbled and Dallas turned it into a touchdown it was clear this game was over. It’s really frustrating that the Giants keep falling into the same narrative stretching back to last year at least. I’ll explain more below.

The Positives

The Giants offense managed to score points this week so that was a welcome improvement. Daniel Fells touchdown was a thing of beauty early in the game. Odell Beckham Jr. also looks like a legitimate threat on offense but his quick jump into touchdown dances after scoring makes me think he care a little too much about his image and a not enough about winning. Darn, even the positives section of the blog has negatives today…might as well get onto them then.

The Negatives

I spoke above about the same narrative taking place. That narrative is that when the Giants get hot on offense and score the defense can no longer get any stops. The reverse is true as well because when the defense is playing hot and getting stops the offense fails to capitalize on them. They just don’t seem able to get a stop and a score or vice versa. I can’t remember the last time the Giants got a clutch win against a division foe when they needed one. It probably hasn’t happened for a year or more. I miss the old days when we’d be down by a score and Eli would drive us down the field to win the game. Is that Giants team totally gone?

The Two Minute Drill

The Giants played a much better game this week but this loss is crippling. We no longer have much of an ability to win the division unless the Cowboys and Eagles go into long losing streaks. All the teams the Giants have beaten this season have been sub-par and we’ve now lost to every good team we’ve played. I have little to no hope that we will come out of our killer stretch of games with a winning record. At this point I’d probably say we will be sitting at home when the playoffs come around for yet another year. I want to end this blog on a positive so I’ll just say that hopefully some fans will sue Jerry Jones for trying to blind the crowd with his ridiculous idea to keep the stadiums windows open.

Adios until after the Bye Week!

New York Giants Blog by J.D. CookThe Giants Blog is published every Monday during the NFL season while the New York Giants remain viable contenders (which in 2011 was right to the end and their Super Bowl championship). On the weeks when the Giants have a Monday night game, the blog will be published on Wednesday. The blogs are thoughtful (albeit heavily biased) analysis of the Giants’ performance from our editor-in-chief and Giant fanatic J.D. Cook.

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New York Comic Con 2014

New York Comic Con 2014

by J.D. Cook

This article can now be found at it’s new home on Comics Movies Games.com.

But check out this gallery of photos from the event while you’re here.

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Past Comic Book Commentaries

Happy One Year Anniversary Susquehanna Comics

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Marvel’s Recent Diversification

X-Men: Days of Future Awesome

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