His job, as a sports journalist writing for a New Jersey news publication, presumably includes the shedding of some light and/or perspective on all things Giants related. Instead, in this instance he simply asks questions of no one in particular--just like any of us (amateur and unpaid-to-report) schmoes do here--which has the potential effect of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.
The writer then finishes his piece with a definitive "in any case, Eli is past his prime" (or words to that effect). That may or may not be the case. That has certainly been an ongoing topic of debate among fans on this board. But that's the writer's OPINION, an opinion definitely NOT shared by all, whether a fan or a pundit or a coach or other players, former and current. The history of NFL quarterbacks --and the career to date of Eli--reveals no cause for this opinion to be absolute or definitive.
This is a very amateurish article, coming from a respected news publication, that has the smell of yellow journalism covering some local politician embroiled in a scandal, rather than a piece of sports coverage that has some answers about questions we fans might have.
This has nothing to do with any double standard in discussing Eli, or with any defensiveness by "Eli homers" as has been hinted at in this thread by others.
THAT's the "big deal".
I think this is a pretty juvenile article. If he truly did follow the team he'd know the answers to just about all of them.
1. Common knowledge that Eli sprained his ankle pretty bad the last game of the season. Even says during his press release regarding the surgery that it's related to that injury not healing quite right.
2. He didn't injure it playing basketball. It's just that the workout at Duke showed him that the ankle wasn't quite right. It's probably the first real football exercise he's done since the end of the season. So it would make sense that it's when he would notice. So no, neither Eli nor the Giants have to back-up any claim, it's pretty self explanatory.
3. Another question answered in the press release on the subject. He and the Giants opted to rehab the injury after the season, he rehabbed all winter. Sometimes you just don't know if something healed right until after you push it. This was the first time he did, which confirmed it was going to need surgery. Afterwards decision was made pretty quickly.
4. Not much, OTA's haven't even started yet and he'll be back by then. So, he's literally not missing any official practice time on this.
5. Ummm who knows? This is hardly a career threatening injury and it's pretty common place in sports. Only thing I worry about is how this'll effect his blazing speed.
All Hail The New York Giants!!
No problem looking into any allegations he got hurt playing basketball but does not appear based in fact
Since Eli just had surgery it's not as if the writer could obtain the answers just yet, so you throw the questions out there and IF there's a story, you look like a hero simply because you questioned it first.
As for Eli being past his prime; that's not an opinion - It's just a rather simple fact of life in the NFL. It's a young man's game.
There is no set age for the inevitable drop-off in talent, it can happen at any time. Until it can be proven, it is opinion only.