"You Gotta Be Kidding!"
by Mickey Charles CEO, sportsnetwork.com
Southampton, PA (Sports Network) --
The Giants are in the Super Bowl and that pill is about as easy to swallow as
one intended for an entry in the Kentucky Derby but to be taken by a fan of
the Eagles of Vikings. Philadelphia has been over-rated all season long with
a quarterback that is a clone of Randall Cunningham but unable to hit a
receiver in the style of the scampering one and Minnesota is possessed of a
Dennis Green offensive plan that makes a sieve look like the greatest thing
since Boulder Dam.
Why was anyone surprised at the outcome of these two games?
Now those that were have begun populating
the Internet with allegations that
the New Yorkers cheated, that they employed the CIA, KGB, Israeli Intelligence
and various aspects of chicanery taken right out of James Bond. Big Blue knew
the plays that were coming in advance is what is being trumpeted by those who
have been relegated to reading about other sports, inaugurations and similar
falderal and balderdash. What absolute drivel! The sideline coaches stole
the radio signals, interpreted them, quickly came up with a plan to overcome
them in milliseconds and then transmitted that information by hand signals to
their defensive stalwarts who were waiting to annihilate the quarterback and
various other members of the opposition.
Coach Jim Fassel displays winning NFC Trophy.
Should this be the case then we have the wrong people in Washington
deciphering what our alleged enemies are planning on a daily basis, no less
that which is foisted upon the government every minute of the day. And, if
this did take place, with the Eagles and Vikings aware of it - dream on ye of
little faith, then why didn't they complain right then and there, change plays
or, alternately, as Sean Connery would have done, send out the wrong plays?
From the Internet this story found its way onto sports talk shows all over the
country and, finally, into a Toronto paper, the Globe and Mail, which
stipulated that the two teams the Giants defeated in the playoffs have
complained to the NFL that the Giants stole radio signals from coaches
intended for the Eagles' Donovan McNabb and the Vikings' Daunte
Culpepper. Quarterbacks, as you know, have radio devices in their helmets to
communicate with the sideline and stealing the information is not allowed
under league rules.
Super Bowl week hadn't even arrived and already the nonsense had begun.
report also stated NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue had been notified of
this situation and that the league is desperately trying to keep the matter
quiet. Reaction from all of the concerned parties could be summed up in one
The Commissioner's Office had no knowledge of
any infractions against the Giants.|
Joe Banner, chief operating officer of the Eagles, had no comment. Bob Hagan,
Vikings director of public relations, said NFL officials informed him no teams
have contacted the league and so no investigation is being conducted. Greg
Aiello, the NFL's vice president of communications, said, "Nobody has
contacted this office. Nobody has made any accusations. There's nothing to
Pat Hanlon, the Giants vice president of communications said, "There's nothing
to it. It's bull."
By the way, how does this affect the other team's defense when the Giants are
able to run up touchdowns faster than a Las Vegas slot machine takes quarters?
What might they be stealing then other than the underwear of the secondary?
Let's play this through as the signals are called in code reserved for Apache
Indians, its being deciphered instantly by a sidelines coach, a counter attack
is put into motion and that plan is relayed to the field where eleven players
now set up in precise fashion and defensive alignment to counter the offensive
play just called. It also means that Big Blue would have to have had the
playbooks of their opponents and memorized every one to set this into motion.
What would have happened to the Giants who were lying in wait when McNabb or
Culpepper called an audible at the line of scrimmage? Hysteria. Madness.
Frenzy. Panic. Mental spasms accompanied by frenetic scurrying about.
One must wonder how this would have helped Michael Strahan to completely
dominate Jon Runyan or Lomas Brown to make Hugh Douglas invisible.
In Philadelphia they can feel the shadow of the World Trade Center on the
Liberty Bell. They may not see it but they can sense it. That has always
been the case and their one claim to fame just over 20 years ago was Tug
McGraw uttering those cherished Brotherly Love words after the final out in
their first World Championship Series, "New York City can take this world
championship and stick it." He has his fifteen minutes?and so did Philly.
Just 90 miles to the south of the Big Apple and, for some, light years away
when it comes to sports.
Philadelphia has an inferiority complex the size of Mount Rushmore. They have
not won a major sports championship since the Sixers did it in 1983. On the
other hand, since that date, New York teams have captured four World Series,
three Stanley cups and a Super Bowl in the 1990s with one more pending right
now. Gag, ugh, ich, !@#$%^&*()_!! To top it off, the New Jersey Devils kept
the Flyers out of the Stanley Cup finals last spring. And, the Knicks are
right on the heels of the Sixers this season, a club enjoying their best start
in many, many years.
The grudge has turned to resentment, covetousness into downright heartburn and
desire into a green-eyed monster. The malcontetedness that is the envy felt
by Philadelphia sports fans will reach new heights next Sunday when the Giants
capture the big prize. It will go down harder than a Cheese steak laced with
red hot peppers. Castor Oil will not erase the taste of that feeling in the
pit of Ben Franklin's stomach. If the statue atop City Hall does not melt at
the prospect the egos of Philly fans certainly shall.
And, what about next year in the NFC East? You gotta be kidding!!!