Thanksgiving has arrived and the Giants’ playoff yearnings have been devoured.
Andre Brown gingerly walked into the interview, his left hand rubbing his sore lower back. Against substantial odds, the New York Giants’ running back made his return from a broken left fibula this past Sunday to carry the ball a career-high 30 times for 115 yards to lead his team to a 24-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
The words and actions of the two men who, more than anyone else, carry the burden of the Knicks’ fortunes this season were ominous. “It was embarrassing,” said Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks’ dispassionate 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. “We didn’t compete … and that’s unacceptable,” maintained an unmistakably disturbed Mike Woodson. Anthony and Woodson, circumstances and objectivity be damned, will bear the brunt of the blame if the Knicks plunge back into the state of mediocrity in which they were stuck for the better part of the past two decades.
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Playoffs for the Giants
No one, not even the most idealistic among Giant haters, could have possibly imagined that a team many NFL observers picked to win the NFC East before the season began wouldn’t earn their first victory until Oct. 21.
There comes a time when reality stems idealism. For the Giants, who two weekends ago still held a glimmer of hope that they could somehow fight their way back into contention for the NFC East title, the truth unforgivingly visited them last Thursday night in Chicago. After a late fourth quarter drive by the Giants ended on an errant pass from quarterback Eli Manning to tight end Brandon Myers, cementing a 27-21 loss and 0-6 record, the voice of truth authoritatively informed the dispirited team that their postseason ambitions had just died.
The normally resolute head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin, a future Hall of Fame inductee, stood before the media on Sunday afternoon with an aura of resignation.
It may have been hyperbole, but defensive lineman Justin Tuck warned, “If anyone turns on our coach, I would be the first one to punch him in the mouth.”