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    GIANTS' GREAT BAVARO RECALLS BEING TARGETED

    GIANTS' GREAT BAVARO RECALLS BEING TARGETED

    "Mark Bavaro could never prove he was a target of bounty-hunting assasins, but
    in the NFL, if you are regarded as the king of beasts, then most likely the law
    of the jungle was going to be enforced.



    “I only had my suspicions for everybody, but especially the [Buddy
    Ryan-coached] Eagles,” the Giants tight end great told The Post. “I never had
    any hard evidence.”




    Bavaro recalled the day he was ejected against Ryan’s predators.




    “Andre Waters was trying to take my knee out, and he told me so during the
    game,” Bavaro said. “He almost did.”

    Waters, who had a reputation as arguably the dirtiest player in football,
    told Bavaro: “I know which knee you had surgery on. I’m going to get it
    today.”



    A few series later, Waters tried to make good on his threat.




    “Then I saw him coming up out of the corner of my eye, so I made a preemptive
    strike,” Bavaro said.




    And Bavaro got flagged for a personal foul, and went bonkers, incredulous the
    official had either not heard or ignored Waters’ threat.




    Bavaro wound up befriending the late Waters when he joined the Rich Kotite
    Eagles in 1993. Did the practice continue?




    “I don’t know,” Bavaro said.




    Bavaro recalled he and his Giants teammates always would remind one another
    to “keep your head on a swivel.” Ryan’s Eagles were at the forefront of bounty
    accusations, but only the naive believe the practice of cash incentives was not
    widespread throughout the league.




    “I’m sure it happened all over the league,” Bavaro said. “I know defenses are
    always looking to knock guys out of the game. If you look at it from a
    common-sense standpoint, offensive players get incentives for catches and
    yardage and whatever. What can your incentive be on defense other than hitting
    people and hurting people? That’s what they’re out there to do. I don’t have a
    problem with it.”




    Because that’s the very essence of the game. But the intent to injure is not.
    This is why the NFL must deal strictly with the Saints for their elaborate
    BountyGate program.




    Bavaro recalled another incident when the Giants played the Cardinals.




    “I broke my jaw — it was wired,” Bavaro said. “I was having a decent game. A
    couple of guys were trying to hit me up high in the head a lot.”




    Bavaro said he believes coach Bill Parcells noticed.




    “I remember Parcells pulling me out after a while, with the understanding,
    ‘Come out of the game for a few plays, they look like they know your jaw is
    broken and they’re going after it,’ ” Bavaro said. “That’s the sense I got. ...
    That’s why the injury reports are so secretive.”




    Bavaro, whose nickname was Rambo because of his legendary toughness,
    advocates fewer rules prohibiting defenseless offensive players from
    retaliation. Bavaro referenced the crackdown on crackback blocks and chop blocks
    and head slaps.




    “You have to go out of your way to hit somebody on offense,” he said. “You’re
    too busy running your play. On defense, you’re just running around out there.
    You’ve got a lot more leeway. You can go after somebody when you’re on defense.
    You can’t do that when you’re on offense.”




    It is Bavaro’s contention that the same mutually assured destruction strategy
    employed by the United States and Russia during the Cold War actually would be
    beneficial for football.




    “If you had mutually assured destruction, then I think you’d see a lot more
    respect on both sides of the ball for everybody’s health,” he said. “Back in the
    old days, you could take a bad apple out when you wanted to.”




    Bavaro lamented how the most violent defenders nowadays become famous.




    “You get commercials,” he said.




    Better they get on-field justice meted out, the way they would way once upon
    a time.




    “You could gang up on a guy on the next play and give him a little message:
    ‘Knock it off, do it cleanly, or we’re going to come at you and blow your knee
    out. If you want to be known as the dirty, tough guy, we have the ability to
    take you out,’ ” he said. “Now you don’t.




    “You don’t want to have the reputation as a guy who goes out to hurt
    everybody if everybody else has an opportunity to hurt you. They’d either shape
    up and be more respectful, or they’d be gone.




    “I think it would be a more civilized game, actually.”





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    Re: GIANTS' GREAT BAVARO RECALLS BEING TARGETED

    not surprised at all that he was commeting on a Buddy Ryan led defense.Buddywas an*******.....
    "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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    Re: GIANTS' GREAT BAVARO RECALLS BEING TARGETED

    They might as well investigate Buddy Ryan also.

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    Re: GIANTS' GREAT BAVARO RECALLS BEING TARGETED

    I thought Buddy Ryan's bounty practices were well documented.
    There's no such word as "Imgrate".

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    Re: GIANTS' GREAT BAVARO RECALLS BEING TARGETED



    Of all the players that Buddy Ryan's Eagles went after they choose arguably the toughest football player in the league? Mark Bavaro.




    I am not a bit suprised the late Andre Waters was going after Bavaro's knee's. The Eagles vs Giants games during 1986-90 were brutal.





    Giants fan since the early 80s

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