For five years or so, the “Juice” has conspired to bring you true fans’ feelings about what is or was going on around the National Football League.
Is Eli Manning a Hall-of-Famer or Hall-of-Shamer? We believe the former, even though he is playing like the latter.
We’ve given you our inside take on the conversations in NFL offices, regarding suspensions for sexual-abuse offenders and rules violators, wondering why President Trump calls out NFL players who kneel during the national anthem but doesn’t call out the likes of Ray McDonald or Greg Hardy. Maybe because he’s just like them and he doesn’t even know the words to the national anthem anyway.
We’ve called out and harped on the rules violators, especially those guys who under-inflate or over-inflate league game balls to gain an advantage. Some of them have egos. And lawyers. And make millions of dollars. And served a suspension anyway.
We’ve called out the owners who think they know more about the game than the players when the only thing they truly know is how to sign a check and run the personnel side of a business other than an NFL franchise (hello, Jerry Jones).
We’ve checked in on NFL players and their families, especially the ones who claim, “My husband cannot (expletive) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”
Yeah, Wes Welker should’ve caught that pass thrown over the wrong shoulder. But he didn’t. And that’s part of the reason why, looking back at the first thing we noted, Eli will be a Hall-of-Famer.
We’ve questioned what the league knew and when it knew it about sexual abusers, drug abusers and now, quarterback abusers, formerly known as sack masters.
We’ve called into question what is a catch. And what isn’t? Megatron, you were right after all, just that it doesn’t matter now that they’ve changed the rule. At last.
We’ve called into question how much some guys get paid, when none of them get paid enough for a career, which, on average, lasts less than four years and leaves its former participants physically and mentally challenged.
Seriously mentally and physically challenged. And has for decades.
Yet, we love the game. We love the players. We love our teams. More of us than ever are playing fantasy football. And even more us will now gamble on the games because now it’s legal to do just that. Point spreads and over/unders are now fair game for broadcasters to discuss on air and newspaper reporters to write about in their game coverages. And even legal for the gambling services to advertise in game, within reason.
Our love for the game goes beyond the field. Not just into gambling and fantasy, but into our daily lives. I dare anyone to challenge me on this; Your love for the game will last longer and run deeper than any love for any significant other in the history of your life.
Doubt it? Your significant other may have changed from Super Bowl XXI to Super Bowl XLII, in other words between Giants’ Super Bowl wins, but if you’re a Giants fan, that never wavered, never changed.
And you know it.
Mine did change, by the way, for much the better.
“Juice” is departing for now. Maybe a guest appearance is in the offing down the road. Sort of like NY Giants’ Super Bowl appearances.
They’re every now and then. Mostly then.