BOO-hoo. Cry me a river.
It’s been such a horrible season for the Giants and Jets that it made their beginning quarterbacks cry.
To not be insensitive, however superior analytics reveal that Eli Manning breaking down over getting benched and Josh McCown breaking down over breaking his left hand, has set an NFL file. After my in depth analysis, it’s the primary time in NFL historical past that quarterbacks from the identical metropolis cried in the identical season.
It’s a file which will by no means be damaged. Hey, Joe Namath did cry at a 1969 press convention to announce he was retiring just a few months after Tremendous Bowl III as a result of Pete Rozelle mentioned he may both play soccer or personal Bachelors III, a bar with unsavory varieties hanging out. If he selected the bar, Rozelle mentioned he can be suspended. A tearful Namath opted to be a saloon keeper and retired. One month later, he realized on the age of 26 he nonetheless had a whole lot of good soccer left, so he ended his retirement and offered He didn’t cry.
Fran Tarkenton was the Giants’ QB on the time. He didn’t cry in 1969, even when the Giants have been 6-Eight and the Vikings, his former staff, made it to Tremendous Bowl IV with Joe Kapp at QB.
Thus far, with their seven victories, the 2017 Giants and Jets have tied the worst mixed season because the NFL went to 16 video games in 1978. That covers 40 seasons and an entire lot of dangerous soccer together with the Giants 4 Tremendous Bowl titles. In fact, there’s so many different occasions Jets and Giants quarterbacks might be excused in the event that they cried, though there may be so indication anyone rushed over with tissues.
How about when Richard Todd threw 5 interceptions within the 1982 AFC Championship Sport? Or when Phil Simms broke his foot within the 14th sport of the 1990 season and the Giants went on to win the Tremendous Bowl with out him? Kerry Collins didn’t even cry after he threw 4 interceptions within the Giants’ Tremendous Bowl loss to the Ravens. Mark Sanchez held it collectively after the Butt Fumble. And Geno Smith maintained his composure after he received smacked within the face and had his jaw damaged by teammate IK Enemkpali in a 2015 locker room dustup.
Not even the good Y.A. Tittle allowed tears to combine with the blood dripping down his face within the iconic 1964 picture of a sport in Pittsburgh.
So, Manning and McCown, the M&M boys, stood in entrance of the cameras and let free.
It reveals the eagerness and emotion of the sport. Manning was upset after Ben McAdoo informed him he deliberate to start out him in opposition to Oakland on Dec. Three with Smith beginning the second half, a plan which Manning rejected and countered by telling the Giants former coach simply to start out Smith and he would sit this one out. It ended his beginning streak at 211 video games, second longest in NFL historical past for quarterbacks behind Brett Favre.
Manning cried by his locker when he mentioned how a lot it damage that the one job he all the time wished was being taken away from him, though because it turned out, it was only for one sport.
McCown is 38 and along with his eighth staff. He was having a profession 12 months. His uncooked emotion on the press convention podium after the sport in Denver on Dec. 10 confirmed simply how essential enjoying soccer meant to him, how a lot his Jets teammates meant to him and the way he might need taken his final snap within the NFL if he decides to name it quits.
Okay, but when “there is no such thing as a crying in baseball,” as Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) put it so passionately and eloquently in “A League Of Their Personal,” how can there presumably be crying in powerful man soccer?
The tears of Manning and McCown exemplify what has been one of many worst seasons in New York soccer historical past.
The Giants are 2-13. They’ve set a file for many losses in a season within the 93-year historical past of the franchise. They’ve misplaced 12 video games in 5 different seasons, twice when the seasons have been 14 video games.
Whereas the Giants have been thought of Tremendous Bowl contenders, the bar was set so low for the Jets that their 5-10 season is being hailed as one of many nice teaching jobs within the trendy historical past of American sports activities. After gutting their roster of overpriced and underachieving gamers, the Jets-Browns sport within the opening week was designed to establish which staff would go Zero-16.
Mission achieved: The Jets received the sport and the Browns, the one staff to lose 15 video games in two seasons, are one loss away from the second Zero-16 season in NFL historical past.
If the Giants lose to Washington on Sunday — and why wouldn’t they? — and the Jets lose to the Patriots, with or with out the assistance of mission management on the NFL replay command heart — they are going to have totaled seven victories in 32 video games, a mixed successful proportion of 21.9%, tying the worst they’ve ever executed in additional than 20 years. Again within the remaining dysfunctional finals seasons of Wealthy Kotite and Dan Reeves in 1996, the Jets have been 1-15 and the Giants have been 6-10. Within the days of the 14-game season, the Giants and Jets twice mixed for less than six victories. In 1976, they have been Three-11. In 1973, the Jets have been Four-10 and the Giants have been 2-11-1.
It’s going to take greater than the quarterbacks crying to interrupt the file.