Sunday, January 13, 2008

the Giants WIN; the GIANTS WIN

Is there a better feeling than beating the Cowboys and/or a team from Texas? Sunday's game was another classic, cementing my newfound admiration for Tom Coughlin and Steve Spagnuolo, both vilified in the first two games of the season.

According to No. 1 Giants fan Jack Barletta, the game was "Unbelievable! Nobody gave this team a chance to go this far. People said they'd go out in the first round and I said, 'hey, you beat Tampa Bay and it's only Dallas and Green Bay in your way for getting to the Super Bowl."

Barletta watched the game with another longtime season ticket-holder, Steve Tommessilli of Wallingford, a slow convert to the charms of this year's team but a proud fan today. "These guys played their hearts out!"

The G-men in the past three games have provided football fans with two games for the ages, the Patriots game, when they earned the respect of the league and fired up the fans and players by not rolling over, and this one, surely to be one of the highest-rated games of the year.
It sets up another classic matchup next Sunday, at 6 p.m., when two storied franchises meet in the cold on the frozen tundra in Wisconsin.

For this day, the men in blue shut down the former "America's team," its slippery owner Jerry Jones and talky T.O.

As for Tony Romo, he may lose that carefree smile over the off-season, as the big egos of Texas figure out he's 0-2 in the playoffs. Some are blaming Yoko Romo (Jessica Simpson), and Terrell Owens even shed a tear about "my quarterback" at a news conference. Wow, what a turn of events from when the Giants were 0-2 and then lost twice to the Cowboys.

Fans like me who don't like the recent ascendance of Boston teams are hoping that the Giants get another shot to play in another classic vs. the perfect Patsies. I don't think Tom Terrific will be quite so efficient as he was this week.

What did Java Joe do to prepare for the big game? Not much. My son put on a DVD of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." Oddly appropriate, since it has no use for Texans who have worked to discredit the prophets of global warming just so oil men can make more money (while we go broke).

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