A Successful 2010 Playoffs for the Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics has made the most of the 2010 Playoff Run

It has been quite an odd end to this NBA season. Everyone back in February or March had to assume the Boston Celtics were just too darn old and didn’t have the legs to last against the younger Orlando, Cleveland and Atlanta squads. Although, here they are in the Eastern Conference Finals, as well as three wins away from possibly punching their ticket to another NBA Final appearance, which would be their second trip in three years. Yet, do they even stand a chance against the Magic? I say, yes they do.

Before predicting a score or a possible series sweep, lets consider this entire playoff run, as well as understand the question, what has been the key to making the Green and White so successful.

Miami vs. Boston: This was the perfect matchup that the Celtics needed to boost their crowd’s confidence, as well as the teams too. Yes, the Celtics looked tired and not the squad that had won an NBA Championship in 2008 over rival Los Angles Lakers, but seriously, playing against Miami was the perfect opponent in the opening round.

Having a healthy Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen’s shooting and leadership of Paul Pierce still in place, the Celtics rolled over the Heat in Games 1 and 2 at the Garden.

In Miami, the Celtics resorted back to their old ways of playing sloppy basketball and not showing any sign of true teamwork. Clearly they were fortunate enough to have “The Truth,” Paul Pierce, notch a game winner at the buzzer to make the series, 3 games to none (3-0). If Pierce hadn’t sunk the final shot, Miami would have figured out a way to win this 2-game home stand easily and force the series to a 2-2 tie.

D-Wade talked to his hand here and during game 4 against the Celtics

In Game 4, it was again an aging Celtics team that looked tired and restless. Garnett was the only player that brought back images of an aging Bill Russell from the 1969 NBA playoffs. His fight and swagger kept the game close, but it was D-Wade and his “magical hand” that kept the Heat alive for only a day and a half. It was clearly a monumental day for Wade, but also just one of those games that hurt every member of Celtics Nation. Clearly Garnett was the reason behind leading this squad to victory in Game 5, which is why they had defeated the Heat, 4 games to 1 and was ready to take on the best team, Cleveland.

Cleveland vs. Boston: The Cleveland Cavaliers on paper are scary, horrifying and cause nightmares for opposing teams and coaches. Excluding the “King,” (LeBron James), the roster consists of key guys, such as Mo Williams, Shaq, Antawn Jamison, Anthony Parker, Anderson Varejao, and Delonte West. This team seemed over powering and possibly a squad that could challenge any country or the entire NBA Western Conference, but before booking hotel reservations for a Kobe-LeBron Championship, they had to keep their attention locked on round 2 against Boston.

Simply, two players emerged from this series as key players. One was Rajon Rondo, a Boston Celtics guard that received a great deal of criticism last year for showing up late or acting immature toward his teammates and coaches. Rondo’s play had to have caused chaotic excitement on Causeway Street, (street outside the Garden) following Game 6, but overall, his leadership surely wasn’t questioned throughout this entire series.

The other player was Mo Williams. His leadership and energy were clearly what kept Cleveland and Boston in a dogfight during the first four games. Williams would be an important asset in Games 5 and 6 too, especially since LeBron seemed bothered by his elbow or lack of headline news surrounding trade rumors.

Forget LeBron, this entire series belonged to Mo Williams and Rajon Rondo. The play of both guards were highlighted greatly throughout this match-up, but in the end, the Celtics prevailed as the better team. Were they lucky to win? Who knows! It just seemed after four interesting games, (1-4); the Celtics had an easy path to victory during Games 5 & 6.

Orlando vs. Boston: Orlando is probably the best team remaining, but not that good of a squad compared the Celtics.

Following Game 1 this past Sunday, the Celtics just seem to be the better team. They have more veteran leadership and experience compared to Dwight Howard and Vince Carter. The Celtics know what it takes to win, which is stopping Dwight Howard in the paint, slowing down Vince Carter and containing every three-point attempt. Also, from re-examining Game 1, it just seemed the Celtics played better defense too, which needs to continue tonight, as well as throughout the rest of the entire series.

Defense wins championships, which we learned two years ago when the Celtics de-railed the Detroit Piston, which were far more a better team than the 2010 Orlando Magic.

If the Celtics are to win this evening, which I believe they will, then how can you not think the Celtics could possibly close this out in Boston on Saturday and Monday? I like the Celtics to win this series in 5 or 6 games, but I am thinking 6 is the better number.

Garnett and Rondo have been major factors for the Celtics this spring

The Success: All in all, the reason the Celtics have been so successful is because of their defense and leadership. Garnett has been an incredibly important asset, but also Rondo and Tony Allen too. Don’t forget about Sheed, which varies at time, but also Pierce and Ray Allen. If Kendrick and Big Baby Davis can keep themselves from losing their emotions, they too can contribute in the appropriate way to add to this success.

The Celtics are clearly bound for possibly the 18th NBA Title in Franchise history, but need to continue playing defense, team-basketball, as well as working together. If all three of these things occur tonight and the remainder of this series, then the Celtics will once again be crowned the 2010 Eastern Conference Champions.

A Weekend of Rivalries: Which One Is The Best this Weekend?

It is in fact Friday, which means the weekend can begin! This one should be a fun one, especially how this evening kicks-off a triple-header of games for the local hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.

Lets have good old Noontime break these down into different categories and help you decide, which is the best contest to watch.

The Matchups: Red Sox-Yankees (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), Flyers-Bruins (Friday) and Cavaliers-Celtics (Friday and Sunday).

Oldest Rivalry: Hands down… Boston vs. New York.

Celtics-Cavaliers will be fun to watch, especially if LeBron's elbow is okay!

Most Enjoyable Rivalry: For me, being a basketball guy, I am going to say the Cavaliers-Celtics. This isn’t a rivalry that compares to Lakers-Celtics, but ever since LeBron has turned Cleveland into an NBA city, this rivalry has been exciting.

Also, who doesn’t love the fact that a few old guys, such as Garnett, Allen, Pierce, Wallace and Finley can compete against Shaq, LeBron and Mo Williams? I think this one is the most enjoyable of all three contests this weekend, especially since I will be in attendance for Game 4 on Sunday, will be Cavaliers-Celtics.

Lets Talk History: Every die-hard sports fan knows that indeed, Sox-Yankees is possibly the greatest and oldest rivalry in the books. Trust me, ever since Boston let go of the Babe, the Hub, as never been the same. Ruth helped the Yankees turn into a baseball dynasty, which led to multiple years of dramatic finishes for the Sox that never resulted hoisting their sixth championship, until the year 2004.

Tonight, I never get too amped or excited when the Yankees and Sox meet, especially still this early in the season. Of course, it’s Sox-Yankees, but its not truly their time until late September and early October. Besides, we know that the best time to watch these two clubs go at it is during the fall when they compete for World Series glory.

A Good Story: I think it would be an awesome story to read tomorrow about how the Boston Bruins, a team that suffered from injuries and an identity problem all season, closes out their semi-final round series this evening against the Flyers in Philadelphia. Now that the Bruins are hurting again, a little rest would be exactly what the doctor ordered.

The Edge: Again, I am a basketball guy, but as of recently, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching playoff hockey, so if you are in need of a good dose of sports this evening, I suggest, Bruins-Flyers to begin your evening.

If The Bruins play "Big-Bad Bruins Hockey" They will Sweep the Flyers!

Predictions: The Yankees are coming in on a 4-game winning streak, but so are the Sox too. I like the Sox to win at least 1 game, but feel the Yankees will take 2 out of 3 this weekend, which will extend their series lead to 4-1.

As for the Bruins, their injuries scare me, which makes me think they will lose Game 4, but rebound at home on Monday and take the series in 5. If they get out to an early lead, as well as continue their physical play, then they sweep the Flyers this evening.

Lastly, Celtics will win Games 3 and 4, which will make them 13-1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston in the playoffs.

The Joy in Predicting Sports

Joe Namath said the Jets would win! He Even Predicted It too!

In life, nothing is scripted, everything is just…. Well I would say the word “just.” We can’t tell the future or answer the question, “Will I get an ‘A’ on this Science project,” but we can have fun by making a little wager or gamble once in a while, right?

I am talking about predictions people… predictions!

Who doesn’t enjoy making a prediction? Who loves stating to opposing team’s fans, “My team is better than your team?” That is a prediction, especially a BOLD one too!

This past week, a Noontime Sports fan asked me, “What will the score of the Bruins game be tonight”, approached me?

I paused, thought for a few seconds and responded, “4-2 or 2-1.”

My friend smiled and exclaimed, “Lets see if you are right again!”

What this friend is alluding to is how I predicted the Boston Bruins-Philadelphia Flyers Game 2 of the Semi-Final round score correctly.

Being the savvy cool guy that I am, I wrote on my Facebook wall, “The Bruins will win, 3-2 this evening.”

It wasn’t exactly in those words, but I also predicted that the Boston Celtics would even their second round series with “Team Bron Bron,” (Cleveland Cavaliers) and the Red Sox would lose their fourth game in a row after a lousy weekend performance in Baltimore.

My prediction result… (Drum Roll Please!) …. Two out of Three of the games  were correct!

In sports, we always have to make predictions, otherwise, why watch, right? Who doesn’t love calling their friends before the big game and screeching over the phone the following:

“MY TEAM IS GOING TO WIN. WOOO!!”

I love doing that to my friends, especially since some of the teams I choose to support or root for these days aren’t always favored or the best.

For example, it is rather tough being a Dallas Cowboys fan in the Northeast and having everyone tell me, “Tony Romo is AWFUL!” Yet, I keep predicting that better days for him and the Dallas Cowboys are coming. Besides, didn’t 2009 prove anything or support my prediction?

Predictions are what make games fun, right sports fans?

Come on, the famous prediction that we always joke about is the one with Joe Namath in 1969 prior to the Super Bowl III kick-off against the highly favored Baltimore Colts. His statement was just the first of many to allow the sports media world to learn to listen to what the athletes say off the field, not just on it or in the locker room.

How about a few years ago when Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Anthony Smith immediately predicted victory against the undefeated New England Patriots. He explained to the media, “Yeah, we goin’ to win.” His comments were perfect bulletin board material for Coach Belichick and the rest of his New England Patriots. End result … Patriots win by a score of 34-13.

Yet, what Smith and Namath have in common is the boldness to strike up a conversation and cause drama in the sports world. Come on people, we all love hearing these crazy and bizarre comments? Or am I just being crazy by writing that predictions are important in sports?

How about those sports writers that decide every year who will win the American League East, isn’t that fun?

How about those that Tweet on their Twitter accounts that their team is better than the other one?

You see, predictions are fun. I know that I maybe riding a hot streak with some recent predictions, but I do need to own up to saying that the Patriots were going to win the Super Bowl this past season. Yeah… that didn’t happen, but again, predictions are fun and what make sports truly entertaining.

So, why don’t you make a prediction. Facebook it or Tweet it, as well as pick up that phone and call your father. Once you make a bold prediction, you won’t want to stop.

A Rainy Boston Sports Weekend

Tell me about a strange, wacky, yet fall-like weekend and I am alluding to this past one. While it was freezing cold on Friday, raining off and on Saturday, as well as sunny and rainy today… I couldn’t think of a better name than to call this past weekend … a typical New England Wacky Weather Weekend!

Lester and the Sox were damp, wet and unhappy this weekend!

Those Damp Sox: Does anyone else agree that this years Boston Red Sox team is going to possibly be the laughing stock of Major League Baseball? Two World Series Championships in the first decade of the new millennium kept myself and other Sox supports intrigued, but now in our second decade of the 2000’s I have come to an early conclusion that the 2010 Sox look horrendous, awful and incredibly pathetic.

Count me in for some Legion High School/College baseball this summer because those games should and possibly be more enjoyable. Yet, I did believe from the beginning of April, even March and February too of this past calendar year that the Sox would have an extremely off year. They have great pitching, but terrible hitting and run support.

My girlfriend told me the Chicago Cubs are terrible, (being from the Chicago area), but how about the Boston Red Sox? They look downright AWFUL!! I would bet that the Cubs have a better chance of winning more games than the Sox or possibly finishing second compared to the local nine.

All in all, this past weekend against the Tampa Bay “Devil” Rays, (fine me that $1 Florida), exhibited that the Sox will not be competitors this entire season, but a bunch of fakers.

Claude Julien and the Bruins return 1-1 against Buffalo Monday

All Tied Up: In case you didn’t read the Boston Globe this morning, it reported that the Boston Bruins have tied up their first round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres, 1-1.

Didn’t this “Big-Bad” Bruins team struggle all year? Couldn’t put points in the board or find someone that knew how to place the puck in some twine? Was attacked by the injury bug? Just seemed not worthy of skating in the NHL? Acted incredibly lazy?

The Bruins looked amazing people, amazing! I couldn’t re-call seeing them so energized this entire 2009-2010 season, excluding the Fenway Walk-Off, but wow … JUST WOW… I think the Bruins may actually prove me wrong and win this series!

That’s right, I called it everyone, the Bruins will win this series in Boston on April 26, 2010. Mark it down; good old Noontime has predicted the Bruins to skate onward to round 2!

Grumpy Old Men: All season, everyone has doubted the Green and White. They have repeatedly stated that Doc River’s bunch of rag tag old school basketball legends cannot and will not win their 18th NBA Championship this season.

Excuse me, but allow me to introduce you to the fifth member of the “New Big 5,” Tony Allen. Mr. Allen, not Ray Allen, played exceptionally well last night, as well as Glenn Davis too, (Big Baby). The Celtics looked similar to the Boston Bruins, rejuvenated and confident bunch against Miami’s finest.

I think there were some bad calls, even stupid ones too, but they pulled out the “W” and have to win three more before they face the winner of Chicago/Cleveland, which obviously will be Cleveland. As long as the Celtics win Game 2, I am picking them to close out the series at T.D. Bank Garden in Game 5.

Well that was my weekend. Quite an interesting one through the Boston Sports Scene, but I am hopeful that I will see more wins than loses this week, but you never know, especially as a Boston fan!

Andy Lindberg's Thoughts about Eli Manning

It’s easy to put the “you suck” label on professional athletes, especially those we as fans love to hate.  Our well-crafted arguments based on bias and team preference thoroughly solve any issue within sports.

Eli Manning fits the bill here.  I am a Patriots fan and have been since 1992 when I moved to Connecticut from Alabama.  I promptly watched them as a coy 7-year-old march to a 2-14 record.  Naturally, it was not the Patriots who “sucked” to me.  It was everyone who beat them.  That was the way it was.  I would get mad and if my team was beaten, the victor was the team who sucked.  Looking back, the Patriots most assuredly sucked that season.

So when Eli Manning marched his Giants to the Super Bowl by winning three games on the road, he sucked to me, even at the age of 22.

Andy did not like Eli at Ole Miss being a Bama fan!I hated Eli before he ever thought about entering the NFL.  Coming from Alabama, I was raised a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan.  Manning went to Ole Miss and his older brother Peyton Manning went to Tennessee.  I have a long history of hating Mannings.  Eli was no different.  Eli was great, phenomenal and magnificent in the SEC, the hardest conference to excel on offense.  In three years as a starter Manning threw 81 touchdown passes and only 31 interceptions.  He did not suck.

In the NFL, he started shaky as all young quarterbacks do and in the 2007 season he threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.  Yes, 20 interceptions suck.  However, being the Manning that he is, he entered the playoffs and decided to dominate.  His first playoff game at Tampa Bay he threw two touchdowns and 185 yards.  His second at hated rival Dallas he threw for 163 yards and again two touchdowns in a 21-17 victory.  In the NFC Championship at Green Bay, one of the hardest places to win in the playoffs, Manning did not throw a touchdown, but threw for 251 yards.  So in three playoff games on the road Eli Manning threw four touchdowns with no interceptions and over 500 yards.  That doesn’t suck.  In fact, when you throw NO interceptions in the playoffs, that’s not luck.  That’s absolute talent and focus.  Then came the Super Bowl.

I was SURE the Patriots would crush the Giants.  Manning wouldn’t do a thing against a Patriots defense ranked fourth in the NFL.  Manning’s Giants were ranked 17th in points allowed and seventh in yards allowed.  They had no chance.

Yes, after watching the game, the Giants defense was brilliant to allow only 14 New England points.  But statistically all year, the Patriots’ defense was light years better than New York’s was.  So what happened?  Eli Manning happened.  Manning threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on his way to a rightly deserved Super Bowl MVP award and eluded sack after sack to give his receivers a chance to get open, something David Tyree did to set up the winning touchdown.  Manning was the epitome of a leader during the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

Since the 2007 season, Eli Manning has drastically cut down on his interceptions.  He threw only 10 in 2008 (while tossing 21 TD’s) and threw 27 TD’s and 14 picks in 2009.  It is more than safe to say Giants fans saw the beginning of a franchise QB during the Tampa Bay playoffs game after the 2007 season.

Looking back and looking at him now, Eli Manning does not suck.  In fact, he is far from sucking.  I do not consider him elite, but he is a top-15 quarterback to be sure.

Who is the BEST Quarterback in the NFC East?

Some would make the argument that Manning is the worst QB in the NFC East.  McNabb statistically is better, but has been around much longer.  Tony Romo has had very good regular seasons, but in four career playoff games he holds a record of 1-3 with four touchdowns, two interceptions and let’s not forget the fumbled snap against the Seahawks in 2006.  In seven playoff games Manning has eight touchdowns to seven interceptions but holds a 4-3 record and has a ring.  Great?  No.  Good, yes.  Especially considering he has a ring and has performed in the playoffs in New York, an extremely tough market in which to perform.

Romo has not gotten the job done and as the most important player on offense, it ultimately falls on him as the quarterback to lead.  Remember Emmitt Smith called out Romo for not being a leader.  Giants’ alumni everywhere have said Manning is a leader.  That matters.  Leaders find ways to win.  Romo has not done so.  Manning has.

Some would say Manning just got hot therefore he is not good.  News flash.  When you get hot, that mean’s you’re good at that point in time.  And ever since game 1 of the playoffs of the 2007 season, Manning has been very, very good.

So does Eli Manning suck?  No.  Far from it.  And unfortunately for me and other Patriot fans, we will have to watch Manning be good for a few more years to come.

Andy Lindberg’s Thoughts about Eli Manning

It’s easy to put the “you suck” label on professional athletes, especially those we as fans love to hate.  Our well-crafted arguments based on bias and team preference thoroughly solve any issue within sports.

Eli Manning fits the bill here.  I am a Patriots fan and have been since 1992 when I moved to Connecticut from Alabama.  I promptly watched them as a coy 7-year-old march to a 2-14 record.  Naturally, it was not the Patriots who “sucked” to me.  It was everyone who beat them.  That was the way it was.  I would get mad and if my team was beaten, the victor was the team who sucked.  Looking back, the Patriots most assuredly sucked that season.

So when Eli Manning marched his Giants to the Super Bowl by winning three games on the road, he sucked to me, even at the age of 22.

Andy did not like Eli at Ole Miss being a Bama fan!I hated Eli before he ever thought about entering the NFL.  Coming from Alabama, I was raised a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan.  Manning went to Ole Miss and his older brother Peyton Manning went to Tennessee.  I have a long history of hating Mannings.  Eli was no different.  Eli was great, phenomenal and magnificent in the SEC, the hardest conference to excel on offense.  In three years as a starter Manning threw 81 touchdown passes and only 31 interceptions.  He did not suck.

In the NFL, he started shaky as all young quarterbacks do and in the 2007 season he threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.  Yes, 20 interceptions suck.  However, being the Manning that he is, he entered the playoffs and decided to dominate.  His first playoff game at Tampa Bay he threw two touchdowns and 185 yards.  His second at hated rival Dallas he threw for 163 yards and again two touchdowns in a 21-17 victory.  In the NFC Championship at Green Bay, one of the hardest places to win in the playoffs, Manning did not throw a touchdown, but threw for 251 yards.  So in three playoff games on the road Eli Manning threw four touchdowns with no interceptions and over 500 yards.  That doesn’t suck.  In fact, when you throw NO interceptions in the playoffs, that’s not luck.  That’s absolute talent and focus.  Then came the Super Bowl.

I was SURE the Patriots would crush the Giants.  Manning wouldn’t do a thing against a Patriots defense ranked fourth in the NFL.  Manning’s Giants were ranked 17th in points allowed and seventh in yards allowed.  They had no chance.

Yes, after watching the game, the Giants defense was brilliant to allow only 14 New England points.  But statistically all year, the Patriots’ defense was light years better than New York’s was.  So what happened?  Eli Manning happened.  Manning threw for 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on his way to a rightly deserved Super Bowl MVP award and eluded sack after sack to give his receivers a chance to get open, something David Tyree did to set up the winning touchdown.  Manning was the epitome of a leader during the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

Since the 2007 season, Eli Manning has drastically cut down on his interceptions.  He threw only 10 in 2008 (while tossing 21 TD’s) and threw 27 TD’s and 14 picks in 2009.  It is more than safe to say Giants fans saw the beginning of a franchise QB during the Tampa Bay playoffs game after the 2007 season.

Looking back and looking at him now, Eli Manning does not suck.  In fact, he is far from sucking.  I do not consider him elite, but he is a top-15 quarterback to be sure.

Who is the BEST Quarterback in the NFC East?

Some would make the argument that Manning is the worst QB in the NFC East.  McNabb statistically is better, but has been around much longer.  Tony Romo has had very good regular seasons, but in four career playoff games he holds a record of 1-3 with four touchdowns, two interceptions and let’s not forget the fumbled snap against the Seahawks in 2006.  In seven playoff games Manning has eight touchdowns to seven interceptions but holds a 4-3 record and has a ring.  Great?  No.  Good, yes.  Especially considering he has a ring and has performed in the playoffs in New York, an extremely tough market in which to perform.

Romo has not gotten the job done and as the most important player on offense, it ultimately falls on him as the quarterback to lead.  Remember Emmitt Smith called out Romo for not being a leader.  Giants’ alumni everywhere have said Manning is a leader.  That matters.  Leaders find ways to win.  Romo has not done so.  Manning has.

Some would say Manning just got hot therefore he is not good.  News flash.  When you get hot, that mean’s you’re good at that point in time.  And ever since game 1 of the playoffs of the 2007 season, Manning has been very, very good.

So does Eli Manning suck?  No.  Far from it.  And unfortunately for me and other Patriot fans, we will have to watch Manning be good for a few more years to come.

Eli Manning is Just Not That Good!

An Unhappy Eli Manning on NFL Draft Day 2004

In case you have been living under a rock or too cool enough to listen to my weekly podcast, Noontime Sports the Podcast, then you missed an interesting ending segment from this past week. Andy Lindberg and myself decided to debate the topic of how talented and gifted Eli Manning is in the NFL and if he is a true stud or a possible Hall of Famer.

Allow me to list a few reasons that make him not that good of a quarterback/player in my book and how he is just an ordinary scrub that will always remain in his father and brother’s shadow for the rest of his career and life.

1.) Draft Day Meltdown: We all have to remember the speculation leading up to the 2004 NFL Draft. I remember where I was, what I was doing and who surrounded me when the first pick of the San Diego Chargers was Eli Manning. Walking on stage, how did one not notice Manning holding back tears? Hey Eli, you were drafted into the NFL … can’t you be somewhat happy?

Luckily for young Eli, Daddy was around to help. Eli cried, complained and asked for a bottle from Mrs. Manning, but by the end of the day, Manning had gotten his wish, to be shipped from the Chargers to the New York Giants.

From this particular first day on the job, I made a vow that I would not respect Manning for acting completely childish on national television or be a fan of him.

2.) 2004 Regular Season: The Giants were terrible in 2004, 6-10 overall, but luckily Manning did earn some playing time and captured one win against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17, (GROAN!!).

The victory, not the prettiest, especially how he only beat the Lone Star State Cowboys, 28-24, but Manning earned some confidence after losing 6 games beforehand.

Sure, Manning received so much attention for having Peyton’s same last name on the back of his jersey, but a rocky seven games proved to the New York Media, Eli was just an ordinary rookie who would live in his brother’s shadow for the remainder of his NFL years.

Eli Manning seems to always struggle and never succeed

3.) Inconsistency: Manning showed the world that unlike his brother, he was pretty inconsistent. Throwing the same amount of touchdowns as interceptions against a stingy 2005 Arizona Cardinals defense didn’t prove to me that Eli was going to be amazing in his first official season as the man who called the shots under center.

Eli continued to struggle and show that he would never be that good of a quarterback, but also continue to display inconsistency every Sunday.

See, even after a total of 8 games and two seasons with the New York Giants under his belt, Eli looked like one of those rookies that didn’t even know what sport he was participating in or the object of the game. Can someone please name me a game where Manning was consistent? He never seems to impress and always seems to make costly mistakes or errors, as well as falls apart often.

4.) Peyton Manning’s First Super Bowl: After so many early playoff losses, the Indianapolis Colts had made it to their first title against the Chicago Bears. All week, everyone kept praising Peyton and how great he was in the NFL and if he were to win, which Hall of Famer should he be compared to. Manning received all the attention, but again, similar to other years, kept Eli in his shadow.

Once the Colts had secured the victory in Super Bowl XLI, Manning had acquired his first ring in his professional career. It had taken quite a great deal of time to earn his first Lombardi trophy and a Super Bowl ring, but after this game, it was assured by many analysts, Peyton was so much better than Eli, hands down.

5.) Brother vs. Brother: Okay, so I have given a few reasons about Eli, but what about Peyton, isn’t he pretty good? Lets face it, we all, even as Patriots fan, know that Peyton is better than Eli. Peyton has broken records, led his team to divisional crowns, and knows what he needs to secure a victory for the Colts every Sunday.

This past season, (2009), Peyton truly did show how he has more leadership than Eli. Although we do see both brothers constantly yelling at the large men who protect them throughout each contest, Peyton just knows how to pick apart defenses and Eli … well he does not.

It bothers me, even when I play the various Madden video games that Peyton has to march up to the line of scrimmage and call about 10 plays until he has chosen the correct one against the specific defensive formation he sees, but the reason is because he is a true student of this game. Eli is clearly not a student or even serious half the time when he plays. I mean, who would win in a screaming match? My guess … Peyton.

6.) Super Bowl XLII: Lets face it, Andy Lindberg loved explaining how Super Bowl XLII possibly made him decide what a great player Eli Manning was from watching this horrific contest as a Patriots fan.

The only reason Tom Brady and the rest of the New England Patriots lost was because of the New York Giants front seven! End of story!

Putting pressure on Brady and that entire offensive line was clearly what allowed the Giants to win this game. The Giants defense wanted this one so much more than the Patriots did, but the various plays, such as an Eli Manning floating touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress, which took the lead for good or escaping the rush in the pocket doesn’t make a certain player Canton bound.

Heck, I can scramble like that too when I play backyard football and Cowboys fans, remember when Tony Romo avoided a 20-yard loss following a terrible snap and ran 30-yards to pick up a first down against the St. Louis Rams? Does that mean he is Hall of Fame bound for his spectacular run?

Andy, just because one play may have convinced you that Eli Manning is a great or decent quarterback is complete hogwash!

All in all, I hope these ideas help prove my theory that Eli Manning is simply just an ordinary quarterback that makes bad decisions, throws a good amount of interceptions, as well as someone that will always be third in line to Peyton and Archie.

Sorry Andy Lindberg, but it just seems from my evidence above, Eli is not that great of a quarterback.