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Love Actually

By Tom Mackie

When a new coach is hired there’s that period of bliss amongst players and fans. The sense of excitement and hope are palpable. This honeymoon period is the expected norm since coaching careers rarely end well, even for the greatest of coaches. As years pass, and time and losses mount, adding to lines and creases on their faces, the inevitable comment rises from the smolders of aging coaches – the game has passed them by. 



Can’t miss playmaker:
After the Super Bowl, no one is overlooking 
new Giants RB Shane Vereen

By Tom Mackie

It’s easy to miss Shane Vereen. Whether you’re a reporter trying to find him in a crowded locker room or a safety attempting to corral him in space after catching yet another pass, the barely 5-10 Vereen is hard to snag. 
Just ask the Seahawks supposed “Legion of Boom.” In last year’s epic Super Bowl, the highly touted Seattle secondary was unable to stop the diminutive Vereen. Showing more moves than his famous cousin Ben, Vereen was the Patriots leading receiver while setting a Super Bowl record with 11 catches by a running back for 64 clutch, chain-moving yards. 




Secondary connections
The Giants new secondary is a mix of proven vets 
and hardworking new faces 

By Tom Mackie

When you go 6-10, like the Giants did last year, there’s plenty of blame to go around. Defensively, the Giants performed like Lilliputians. They gave up the 4th most yards per game in the NFL and the 10th most points. Overall, they ranked 22nd in total defense.
Now with the G-men trying to erase the 2014 season from their minds, they must do so by piecing together a new secondary. While the Giants pursued Patriots Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty, they lost three of their top safeties in the process: Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps and Stevie Brown. Of course, unless you somehow




Air Force!
The Giants are loaded in the passing game. But is it
enough to soar to the Super Bowl?

By Tom Mackie

The NFL is all about numbers. Be it passing yards, TDs, sacks, completion percentage,
interceptions, or yards after the catch. Numbers rule.
This is never so true than with the record-breaking numbers the Giants passing game
could put up this season. For starters, the Giants have the NFL’s biggest rising star in
Odell Beckham, Jr., whose number 13 is the #1 selling jersey in the NFL. In just 12 games
last year after, Beckham dropped more jaws than Sofia Vergara on a bikini runway.
Beckham’s now legendary, one-handed TD catch along with his 91 catches for 1,305 yards
and 12 scores garnered him Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl honors.





Broncos Ring of Fame: Still Rings a Little Hollow

With the announcement of Broncos receiver Rod Smith as the 23rd Bronco in the team’s Ring of Fame, it’s time to take a closer look at this Hall of Fame for Broncos.

In 1970, the Kansas City Chiefs established a team hall of fame to honor those who made outstanding contributions to the franchise's success. Since then, the Chiefs have inducted a player or coach every year except one – that’s over 40 Chiefs. The San Diego Chargers began honoring their best in 1976, again with at least one inductee per year. Today there are more than 35 Chargers in its hall of fame.


Who’s Next?

With the 2012 Hall of Fame preliminary list announced, Broncos
fans ask the obvious. 

The Broncos are on a roll! In 2004, after 45 years of existence, John Elway became the first Bronco inducted in the Hall of Fame. Four years later, tackle Gary Zimmerman
became the second. Then last year finally, The Franchise Floyd Little. Now that Shannon Sharpe has bulldozed his bust into Canton’s door, who will be the next eligible Bronco to
sport the mustard jacket? 

Instead of blathering on with speculation and considering guys who are not yet eligible (the Tom Nalens and Jason Elams, etc.), let’s cut to the chase by asking the man who has
presented Broncos



Last Updated: August 17, 2015




Still Waters
Throw Deep

By Tom Mackie

At first glance, Giants QB Eli Manning comes across as a preppy Huckleberry Finn:
Affable, good-natured and usually sporting a nicely pressed collared shirt. In fact, the first time Manning addressed the New York media after being the first pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, the wide-eyed youngster with the awe-shucks smile seemed like the media blitz and bright lights of New York might be beyond his comfort zone.

However, beneath his innocent outward demeanor, Manning had just revealed a steely determination.

How else could this young southerner have pulled off a John Elway a few hours earlier by refusing to sign with the team that drafted him #1 overall, the San Diego Chargers?

Like Elway, Manning tossed a heap of unwanted pressure on himself when he forced
a trade sending the Giants pick, Phillip Rivers, to San Diego.

For that memorable move, Manning forever linked himself to Rivers, as well as to the other QB selected in the 1st round that year, Ben Roethlisberger.

Manning went 1-6 in 7 starts as a rookie completing just 48 percent of his passes, while splitting time with Kurt Warner who had been jettisoned from the Rams after back-to-back poor seasons. The dastardly duo combined for a 6-10 record for the Giants.

But just as folks were thinking that this young Manning was no Peyton, Eli showed his mettle his second season by leading the Giants to an 11-5 record and winning the NFC East. Manning threw for 3,762 yards and 24 TDs. Yet, in comparing his season
with other QBs from the 2004 class, Manning was outdone by Roethlisberger who guided the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks in his second season.


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