Incredibly, after no doubt watching the tapes of the Giants/Cardinals game the week before, the Washington Redskins, decided to employ the exact same strategy defensively by “selling out” with 8, 9 and even 10 men in “the Box” to stop the Giant’s running game. And, not so incredibly, they were as successful as the Cardinals were; which is to say, not successful at all, losing 23-7.
And, I’ll bet that next week the Eagles will employ something very similar, as will every opponent for the rest of the season. Partly because they don’t want to get run over by the Giants but, now, also because they won’t have to double Plaxico Burress — which brings me to today’s story du jour; Plaxico’s shooting.
Some years ago, I wrote that Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress were cancers that had to be cut out before the cancer spread. Of course, back then I was railing at their refusal to practice in New Jersey with Eli, opting, instead, to “practice” in Miami. Then, during the season, both would throw their hands up in the air whenever Eli “missed” them with a pass — even though, very often, they had run the wrong route or had broken off a route or had extended a route when they shouldn’t have. I argued that even though both guys were superior athletes, they were both, also, dangerous. The argument back was that they were just too valuable to dump.
Then, after last year, even though I still didn’t change my opinion of Shockey, I did change my mind about Plaxico. I took into consideration the guy played hurt all last year and, even though he could be a pain-in-the-ass, he could also be counted on in big games with all the chips on the table. I even thought he should get a contract extension — even though I very rarely side with athletes who have multiple years left on their contract. I made excuses for him when he missed some meetings and went AWOL. But, now I realize I was right the first time. They guy’s a cancer and, as predicted, he’s infecting others
Last Friday at The Latin Quarter night club in Manhattan, Plaxico Burress, in fit of unimaginable, self-absorbed, stupidity, mishandled a loaded gun he brought with him — with the “safety” off because they don’t go off with the “safety” on — and shot himself in the thigh. Obviously, the result of that incredibly stupid behavior is that he injured himself, faces criminal prosecution, NFL sanctions and, probably an end to his Giant’s career. But, this time, he’s not the only victim of the cancer. I mean, he could have actually killed someone.
He’s also involved Antonio Pierce who — trying to be a good friend — may have tried to ditch the gun. Ahmad Bradshaw who may have been with them, is going to do time because he was on probation. The hospital staff who tended to his wound — without reporting it to police — are also facing criminal prosecution. The Giants team, in the midst of a sensational season, deserving accolades after a sixth victory in a row over an opponent with a winning record, will now hear nothing but Plaxico Burress questions. The cancer is spreading and will continuing to spread until it’s finally surgically removed once and for all.
For the record, I don’t think Burress is a bad guy. My guess is, he’s good guy. I actually like him and admire his “game.” But, there comes a time when enough is enough and I think that time is now. The tough thing is, he’s going to wind up playing for someone else — maybe even The Cowboys, who collect cancers — and he may come back to haunt us. But cancer is incurable and it’s time for surgery.