Posted on: November 10, 2008 12:33 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2008 12:46 pm

Jumping to weird conclusions with Big Blue

There's talk about how the Giants are the best team in the NFC.

There's talk about how the Giants are the best team in football. Brandon Jacobs

Both maybe true. But the one thing that is fo-sho, is that the Giants are the best team when it comes to leaping over defenders.

(Eric, I didn't realize that was an accomplishment worthy of praise?)

It sure is. Particularly when two of the biggest offensive skill players for the Giants are doing it.

Kevin Boss, he of 253 pounds, caught a pass in the second half from Eli Manning turned with the ball and saw 206-pound Quintin Mikell.

This is an opportunity 999 out of 1,000 tight ends would use to crush a man 50 pounds lighter. Just ask former Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey what he would do.

But no, Boss turned with the ball and hurdled the tackle-attempting, six-year, former Boise State product. And he did it cleanly. Mikell's helmet didn't appear to graze any part of Boss's legs or groin, meaning Boss elevated upwards of 4-to-5 feet off the ground.


But then I come to work, pop open the Giants-Eagles recap and the lead photo is of Brandon Jacobs jumping over another Eagles defensive back, all 5-10, 185 pounds of Asante Samuel. How I missed this during the game, I don’t know, but Brandon Jacobs weighs 79 pounds more than Samuel and is 6 inches taller. Again, primo opportunity to knock the snot out of an Eagles defensive back.

But no. The Giants, a team that's mastered the mechanics of run blocking and pass rushing, is now devoting energy to tackling the laws of physics. That’s the sign of a championship contender, my friends.

(Enter "leapfrogging over competition" line in t-minus 5, 4, 3...)

While the Giants leapfrog the competition figuratively and now, literally, it's important to note that the leapfrog isn't a precursor to any sort of success.

(When was that correlation EVER made?!)

Just ask how Knowshon Moreno how his Bulldogs fared after his famous Chippewa Churdle.

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Posted on: September 22, 2008 5:44 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2008 12:11 pm

Sav Rocca: Not just a cool name, also a good P

Sav Rocca. Say it with me, Sav Rocca. It's a friggin' blast to say it. One more time --  Sav Rocca.

(That's great Eric, but why are we saying "Sav Rocca" over and over again? And who is this guy?)

We're saying his name because if you didn't watch the Eagles' gritty win against the Steelers, or don't tune into much Eagles football on Sundays, you may not know this guy. Heck, I do watch a lot of football and do watch the occasional Eagles game and I admit ignorance. You should know this guy. Well, you should if you enjoy the punting game. Rocca vs. the Steelers last season

A punter can't single-handily do anything to win a game, but Rocca sure tried. Punt after punt he kept the Steelers offense from having a short field. He pinned the Steelers deep on three of five punts. Here's how it breaks down:

  • Pittsburgh started on its 10-yard line
  • Fair catch (39-yard net)
  • Fair catch (net of 59 yards)
  • Pittsburgh starts on 6-yard line
  • Pittsburgh starts on 7-yard line

Note in particular those last two. They happened when the game was close, and late. The Steelers offense needed some momentum, anything, following a strong defensive stand vs. the Eagles offense. But Rocca came in and stuck 'em inside their own 10-yard line on two straight punts. That's a punch to the gut.
Remember when Hulk Hogan's running leg drop would signal the end of opponents' day in the ring? This is nothing like that, but coming up with analogy about Rocca's leg powers was taking too long. Point is, Rocca's leg is a legitimate weapon for the Eagles and with Brian Westbrook limping around the stadium Monday, the Eagles are going to need weapons.

Plus, the guy has a great name. Sav Rocca, say it. I bet you can't do it without using some sort of Italian accent, probably with a New York flair.

Funny thing is he's Australian. He's the latest in what's becoming a pipeline of Aussie Rules stars turned NFL punters. It started with Darren Bennett in the early 1990s with the San Diego Chargers and the league now features three former Aussies -- Rocca, Ben Graham (Jets), and Matt McBriar (Cowboys). But the influence is bigger than that. From Bennett's days in San Diego, a sort of behind-the-scenes trade swapping began. Now the style of Aussie punting called the drop punt is widely used by punters hailing from the Northern Hemisphere.

The deal with the drop punt is this: screw the spiral, kick the ball end over end. This cuts out the odd bounces, and the ball sticks better to the ground. According to the Wall Street Journal, punters Hunter Smith, Mike Scifres, Daniel Sepulveda, Shane Lechler and the Aussie trio are all toying with the drop punt in one way or another.

So next time you watch the Eagles, and are dropping your best Saaaav Roccccca, remember to throw a "mate" on the end of it.

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