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  • The 1st time I saw Eli.....read on

    It was draft day 9 yrs ago.

    My family was in Europe visiting relatives and I paid the $15 to enter the Stadium and watch the draft in the Clubhouse.....a weird vibe going to something like that

    So after they drafted Eli and I had a beer or two I wandered through the clubhouse lockeroom and out on to the sunny field....it was about 1PM

    All of a sudden up in the Upper Deck appears this kid waving and smiling.........he looked like a kid on Christmas smiling and waving to the small crowd down on the turf ( few waved back stunned) .....he looked very young, maybe 16

    It was Eli. How he got out to the Stadium so fast I have no idea but you could see the unmitigted joy on his face.
    I thought to myself what are you so happy about, you just came to a team steeped in losing, which had just fired its Head Coach. I was puzzled. I knew it would be a long road back to respectability for the Giants.

    He seemed strangely calm, and confident, even then. I was perplexed, and it took 4 more years before I understood his attititude.

    A unique player, a unique person.........glad he bent the rules to get here, and Ernie bent heaven and earth to get him, I was unconvinced. He seemed to really really want to be a Giant. Despite my doubts I loved his attitude.

    The rest is history.

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    Eli today reminds me of Joe Montana in that they are both not a physical specimen and unassuming but has a burning desire and heart to play their best at all times. Oh and let's not forget being clutch at the biggest stage.

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    • #3
      Nice thread

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      • #4
        Originally posted by SuperNYGiants View Post
        Eli today reminds me of Joe Montana in that they are both not a physical specimen and unassuming but has a burning desire and heart to play their best at all times. Oh and let's not forget being clutch at the biggest stage.
        Great analogy, my opinion is Joe Montana was the best qb the NFL has ever seen. Like you mentioned, he didn't have the rifle arm, or the athleticism of some other qb's during his playing days. But at the end of the day he brought the best out of his teammates, and played his best football in the biggest games. Sounds very similar to our own Eli Manning.

        Giants fan since the early 80s

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ny06 View Post
          Great analogy, my opinion is Joe Montana was the best qb the NFL has ever seen. Like you mentioned, he didn't have the rifle arm, or the athleticism of some other qb's during his playing days. But at the end of the day he brought the best out of his teammates, and played his best football in the biggest games. Sounds very similar to our own Eli Manning.
          When it's all said and done, Eli will be a no brainer for the Hall of Fame

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          • #6
            Yeah....I am not a follower of colleg football so really didnt know who he was other than Peyton's Brother.
            While I would go nutz when he played like a fool at times I never lost the hope that he could be something great. He is a dork, he can't run forward more than 10 steps without looking like a spaz, and does not look the NFL player. But he is smart, competitve, calm, and a champion.
            "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
            You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch

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            • #7
              Eli is the anchor that holds this team together now. He doesn't get overly emotional about the games, can shrug off bad plays and bad hits, and never loses it. THAT is what makes a truly elite QB. The media hates it because there's no story there, but he may very well be the best QB to play the game today. No other QB in the league would have won against SF's defense in the title game. No one...

              I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite team in the NFL.

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              • #8
                Just curious but was anyone reading this at the Stadium that draft day also?

                PS- Its not a great treat unless you go with a group of friends and party, kind of boring....there were a few Giants plaers there but you had to queue up a long line to get their autographs......but I'm curious if anyone else was on the field that day and saw him come out to greet the fans

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BParcells777 View Post
                  It was Eli. How he got out to the Stadium so fast I have no idea but you could see the unmitigted joy on his face.
                  I thought to myself what are you so happy about, you just came to a team steeped in losing, which had just fired its Head Coach. I was puzzled. I knew it would be a long road back to respectability for the Giants.
                  I liked your story, but "steeped in losing"? They were 3 years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, one year removed from a playoff appearance, already had two Super Bowls in relatively recent history... It's not like he went to a real loser, like the Cardinals, Browns, Eagles, Chargers, Jets, et al.

                  And I do remember seeing on TV that he showed up at the stadium immediately afterwards... Didn't look old enough to shave.
                  Last edited by SweetZombieJesus; 09-21-2012, 02:25 PM.
                  8-Time NFL Champions - 1927 1934 1938 1956 1986 1990 2007 2011

                  "You win close games because you're prepared to do it. It doesn't just come down to luck." -- Bill Parcells

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                  • #10
                    Uhhhhhhhh. were you in a coma after the Ice Chips game? We were horrible

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Toadofsteel View Post
                      Eli is the anchor that holds this team together now. He doesn't get overly emotional about the games, can shrug off bad plays and bad hits, and never loses it. THAT is what makes a truly elite QB. The media hates it because there's no story there, but he may very well be the best QB to play the game today. No other QB in the league would have won against SF's defense in the title game. No one...
                      Absolutely... Enough now that

                      (1) I remember to enjoy this period when Eli is in his prime, because there will be a decline coming, hopefully not too soon

                      (2) What is life going to be post-Eli, so hard to find a franchise QB.

                      Hopefully we have at least another 5 years to the ride.
                      8-Time NFL Champions - 1927 1934 1938 1956 1986 1990 2007 2011

                      "You win close games because you're prepared to do it. It doesn't just come down to luck." -- Bill Parcells

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BParcells777 View Post
                        Uhhhhhhhh. were you in a coma after the Ice Chips game? We were horrible
                        Playing badly does not mean "steeped in losing".

                        Talk to some Jets fans. They're steeped in losing.

                        And what is the "Ice Chips" game? Do you mean the snowball game? I was in the stands.

                        The most recent tragedy was the 2002 Trey Junkin loss in SF and the entire 2003 season was a loss. Still not "steeped in losing".
                        Last edited by SweetZombieJesus; 09-21-2012, 02:33 PM.
                        8-Time NFL Champions - 1927 1934 1938 1956 1986 1990 2007 2011

                        "You win close games because you're prepared to do it. It doesn't just come down to luck." -- Bill Parcells

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                        • #13
                          we werent very good when Eli joined team........I'm not going to get in a semantics battle with you.....were Cleveland Brown-esque

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                          • #14
                            the colts like crusade to play down to a high draft choice the year before had me pulling my hair out (Johhny Lynn??????)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SweetZombieJesus View Post
                              I liked your story, but "steeped in losing"? They were 3 years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, one year removed from a playoff appearance, already had two Super Bowls in relatively recent history... It's not like he went to a real loser, like the Cardinals, Browns, Eagles, Chargers, Jets, et al.

                              And I do remember seeing on TV that he showed up at the stadium immediately afterwards... Didn't look old enough to shave.

                              I agree 20 years from mid 60s-mid 80s is steeped in losing....Simms showed up when they were steeped in losing....Eli did join a bad team but it hadn't been bad very long
                              "When I was 15, I could not believe how dumb my father was.....when I was 25, I could not believe how much he had learned in 10 years"

                              1st to use the phrase "In Reese we trust"

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