Honeymooners fans may remember when Ralph Kramden uttered the words,
“Be nice to the people you meet on the way up, because you meet the same people on the way down.”
As the New York Giants get ready to host the Dallas Cowboys later this afternoon, they may want to be mindful of what Wade Phillips said after after Eli Manning autographed our new stadium shortly after their 33-31 comeback win over the Cowboys.
“In this league, what goes around, comes around.”
Phillips was right. After the Giants 5-0 start they were riding high while the Cowboys continued to search for an identity and for a little respect.
Now, the writing is on the wall for the Giants. Not on the wall of their soon to be demolished stadium, but on their fate for the rest of the season. They are playing for their playoff lives and have fallen on hard times. They could have used an easy matchup to help turn their fortunes around, but instead they are now faced with the juggernaut that is the Dallas Cowboys. The Silver and Blue are rolling into New York ready to pave the street with the Giants on their highway to some post season glory. Time changes everything.
The Giants are yesterday’s news. Eli Manning has become ineffective and insignificant since he put his John Hancock on the hallowed grounds of Cowboys Stadium. He thought that his gesture would curse the Cowboys, but instead it became his and his team’s death knell.
After today’s game, the Giants’ season will in effect be over. The Cowboys on the other hand, will be focusing on getting ready for what is bound to be an exciting post season that offers them a chance at a sixth Super Bowl trophy.
The Giants did a lot of chirping and boasting one third into this season, but lately they spend most of their time pointing fingers at each other and playing the blame game. Last year Plaxico Burress may have shot himself in the leg, but this year it was Eli Manning who shot himself in the foot with his big mouth, and in the process he shot his teams playoff chance to bloody hell.
Ahhh… There’s nothing better than seeing a division rival implode before our very eyes.