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Monday, September 18, 2006
  The highs and lows of football season...
Yesterday, I experienced both the highs and the lows of what felt like an entire football season in one game.

I was hanging out down the street watching the Giants/Eagles game. I had every intention of giving my buddy who's an Eagle fan all kinds of grief during the game. It wasn't working out for me. Before I knew what was happening MY Giants were down by 3 scores. It was 24-7 and there was less than a quarter to play.

I'd already left the bar...I was so disgusted with the way MY Giants were playing. On my drive home I was thinking...why do I even wear this crap if they're gonna play like that? I had on one of my 5 Giants jerseys yesterday. I almost took it off and threw it out the truck window I was so pissed.

I got home, changed out of my Burress jersey and the Giants scored...hmmm maybe there's something to this...I went and found a different jersey...number 10...Eli's number....I put that one on...the Giants scored again! Not only were the Giants scoring but the defense was stopping the Eagles. All of a sudden it was a football game again.

With 7 seconds left My Giants tied the score and sent the game into overtime. Then, right as Eli was about to get sacked for the ninth time in the game he sent up a prayer. 25 yards down the field was the 6'5" Plaxico Burress being defended by a guy that's no taller than any of the women in my house...that's not much more than 5' for those of you that don't know...he lept up...caught the pass and rolled into the end zone for the game winning score.

I'm pretty passionate about my football team. I've been a Giants fan for about as long as I can remember and I've seen way to many bad beats by the Eagles over MY Giants way to many times over the years. This one may make up for a lot of those bad losses over the years.

It's amazing how much your emotions can swing when you're watching a football game...or should I say, it's amazing how much MY emotions can swing when I'm watching a football game. I went from almost wanting to quit watching football to almost doing backflips in my living room! All in about a half hour yesterday afternoon. Trust me, backflips at my age wouldn't be pretty, they would be amusing though.

The question I'd like to see answered today is how many Giants fans actually missed the comeback of the Giants yesterday because, like me, they were disgusted with the teams performance in the first three quarters.
 
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