They snapped photos of him as he sat captive on his flight home.
Jason Pierre-Paul could not escape the attention of fans even during a visit
to see his parents in South Florida following his dominant performance Sunday
night in the Giants’ victory over the Cowboys, as family and friends swarmed him
“talking about how I saved the game.”
But it was some coming-out party for a man one teammate called
“I told him, ‘That was your spotlight. That was the game you showed the world
what you are all about,’ ” older sister Nadie Therlonge said in a phone
interview. “He showed what was inside him.”
The 6-foot-5, 278-pound defensive end registered two sacks – one of which
resulted in a safety – a forced fumble, a team-high eight tackles and, of
course, his block of the potential game-tying 47-yard field goal in the final
His big moment just may have signaled his ascension to the role of the
Giants’ best pass rusher, surpassing veterans Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. And
maybe, just maybe, it also signaled that Pierre-Paul is on the road to
challenging the legacy of Lawrence Taylor, whom he admitted he has heard of, but
“I don’t know much about.”
But the Giants (7-6) know they escaped Dallas with a must-have 37-34 victory
only because of Pierre-Paul, whose performance earned him NFC Defensive Player
of the Week honors. And they know they will need him to step up yet again in
their final three games, beginning Sunday when they host the Redskins (4-9).
“We got Superman over here,” Dave Tollefson said. “As long as he keeps coming
to save the day, we’ll be all right. …
“If you take him out of that game, how do we win it? I mean
Pierre-Paul – just 22 — ranks fifth in the NFL in sacks with
12½ and has 61 tackles in just his second season." Read more...
TUCK AND TEAMMATES A "GIANT" HELP TO CLUBS
"New York Giants football players hosted their annual toy and book drive for
the holiday season that benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garfield
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, linebacker Mike Boley, cornerback Prince
Amukamara and defensive end Dave Tollefson signed autographs at Westfield Garden
State Plaza in Paramus
on Dec. 5 for anyone who brought
in toys or books, which benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs and Tuck’s R.U.S.H.
(Read, Understand, Succeed and Hope) for Literacy, an organization that raises
funds for books and other reading materials for the youth of New York and
central Alabama communities.
The fund-raiser is in its third year benefiting the clubs.
"It’s good to give back to the community," Tuck said. "I have a great
platform as a New York Giant to help the community in a fun way and to help the
Boys & Girls Clubs. I’m tremendously blessed by this community as being a
Tuck described the fund-raiser as twofold because the toys are able to
benefit the Boys & Girl Club members and the books and any reading materials
help his own organization, Tuck’s R.U.S.H.
The Giants signed autographs for two hours along with Grammy Award winner and
WLIB midday host Hezekiah Walker. Members of the Lodi
& Girls Club were at the event collecting toys and thanking the people who
The event produced 22 large garbage bags filled with toys that were divided
between the three clubs — Lodi
received 14 bags and Garfield
"It’s a good feeling," Amukamara, the first round draft pick for the Giants
in 2011, said. "I was always raised to always give back because I was given so
much and it’s a part of my faith. The fans do their part cheering for us and
this is a way for us to give back by showing our face and signing autographs and
Education and Teen Coordinator at the Garfield
Nicole Mendoza said that her club members enjoy being invited to the fund-raiser
"We are happy to do it every year and the kids have a lot of fun helping out
and receiving the gifts and have the chance to thank everyone who donates,"
Mendoza said, adding that Tuck also invites the Garfield
club to participate in his two-day football clinic during the summer.
Boys & Girls Club representatives that were in attendance included Tom
Cattafi, president of the Board of Directors for Lodi
, Kim Cattafi, Lodi’s finance director, Dexter
Howard, program counselor for Hackensack, Mendoza and Keystone Club members from
all of the clubs.
"I’m going to keep doing it every year and try to make it bigger and better,"
Tuck said about the future of the event."
How are the Broncos 7-1 behind starting quarterback Tim Tebow? If I plug the
Broncos’ offensive efficiency stats since Tebow took the reins into the game
prediction model, they come out as the 19th-best team and would be expected to
have just a .480 winning percentage.
The simple reason for the 7-1 record is that the Broncos, and Tebow in
particular, are saving up their best performance for when it matters most — in
high leverage situations in the fourth quarter. That’s not easy to do. If it
were possible for athletes to pick and choose when they play best, they’d all
save up their best for when the game is on the line. Baseball players would all
have higher batting averages with runners in scoring position, hockey goalies
would play so well that shootouts would go on all night, and quarterbacks would
have insanely good stats in the red zone.
Tim Tebow’s Win Probability Added (WPA) – the net effect that his performance
has on his team’s chances of winning each game – is
disproportionately high in the fourth quarter
. He’s a poor performer in the
first half, a mediocre one in the third quarter, but suddenly becomes a Hall of
Fame candidate in the fourth. Many analysts wonder what makes Tebow so good when
the game’s on the line.
I like to think about things from the other direction, staring into the
binoculars backward. I want to know what makes Tebow play so poorly
the first three quarters. Tebow didn’t have a single completion in the second or
third quarters of last week’s game against the Bears. Why?
Why does Tebow’s magical leadership not manifest itself until the end of
games? And why does it vanish in overtime? Is it simple luck-random variation?
Just as some players have crazy good numbers on turf or at night, some might
happen to have better numbers in one quarter of the game than the others. Or
could it be something more tangible?
Perhaps opposing defenses are playing too soft with their fourth-quarter
leads. Maybe Tebow plays too tight until the necessity and urgency of trailing
in the fourth quarter allow him to play with abandon, a theory that is bolstered
by fact that Tebow has played relatively poorly in his three overtimes this
season. Is it by design? Perhaps the Broncos’ plan is to minimize errors and
wait for opportunities for big plays while relying on their defense to keep the
game close. Then in the fourth quarter, they roll the dice and become
aggressive. My hunch is that it’s some combination of the above. When we see an
outlier like Tebow and the Broncos, the cause is often a confluence of
When a team is on a run like this, maybe we should stop trying to explain it,
and just sit back and enjoy it. Unfortunately for Denver fans, the Broncos
aren’t facing Caleb Hanie again this Sunday. They face Tom Brady and the
Patriots. Using the Tebow-only numbers mentioned above, the Broncos stand only a
34 percent chance of winning.
I’ll also note that the injury-adjusted probabilities for Chicago and Houston
still make them favorites, 39/61 and 30/70, respectively. Here are the rest of
the probabilities for Week 15.
(For information on the prediction model and its accuracy, see
Brian Burke, a former Navy pilot who has taken up the less dangerous
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|Washington at Giants|
|Miami at Buffalo|
|Seattle at Chicago|
|New Orleans at Minnesota|
|Cincinnati at St. Louis|
|Tennessee at Indianapolis|
|Green Bay at Kansas City|
|Detroit at Oakland|
|New England at Denver|
|Jets at Philadelphia|
|Cleveland at Arizona|
|Baltimore at San Diego|
|Pittsburgh at San Francisco|
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