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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Disagrees with Joe Flacco’s NY/NJ Super Bowl Comments

February 1st, 2013 at 11:00 AM
By Paul Tierney

'Eli Manning' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ As a professional athlete, or really just as a professional anything, there are some things you can not say or do. With the vast media and social networking tools available nowadays, inappropriate comments spread like wildfire before there is even a chance for a retraction to be made. The moment a prominent media personality misspeaks, the damage is already done. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco learned that the hard way this week, as he called the notion of playing a Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium a "retarded" idea.

It's not likely that Flacco was in any way attempting to slur individuals with mental disabilities. Although to many the word "retarded" is a degrading  term used to describe those who struggle with various limitations, some in our society have given it a different connotation over the years. The doesn't mean what Flacco said wasn't offensive, and it doesn't make it right. He's a professional athlete and he should know better than to use a word that is guaranteed to offend a large faction of the population. However, he immediately realized he shouldn't have used that word and he rephrased his message. 

Regardless, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had some choice words for the Ravens gunslinger.

"I disagree with a lot of things about that comment — words and content," Manning said on Friday.

Obviously, Flacco portrayed tremendously poor judgment in the words he used to describe what he thinks of a cold weather Super Bowl. However, his argument also fails in a logical sense as well.

The argument against a cold weather Super Bowl is that many believe the climate should not have an impact on such an important game. What many fail to realize, is that the climate has the potential to effect every Super Bowl, not just ones played in freezing temperatures.

This year, the Super Bowl is being played in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, which is an enclosed environment. The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers each play their home games at outside venues. However, what if the Atlanta Falcons had held onto their 17-0 lead in the NFC Championship game? As a dome team, they would have held a distinct advantage over the Ravens due to the controlled climate and playing surface. If a cold weather team advances to the big game in 2013, they will benefit from climate induced advantages in the same manner that the Falcons almost did this season.

Football is a game that is meant to be played in inclement weather. If Joe Flacco doesn't want to play in next year's Super Bowl, there are 31 other quarterbacks around the league that will gladly allow him the opportunity to watch from home.

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9 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Disagrees with Joe Flacco’s NY/NJ Super Bowl Comments”

  1.  kujo says:

    I don’t know if “I disagree with that comment” qualifies as a “rip,” even if it does come from Mr. Milquetoast, Eli Manning.

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      For Eli, that’s about as much as he will ever publicly disagree with someone.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Yeah, I tend to agree with Paul. For Eli, this is ripping someone. Probably the closest we’ll ever see.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        Plus, let’s be honest… Who’s going to read the article “Eli Manning Politely Disagrees with Joe Flacco”

        •  kujo says:

          SEO wh0res. You should’ve included Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Tim Tebow in there. That way you could’ve really turned this nonstory into something HUGE!

          • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

            Well, we used Tim Tebow in an article yesterday. But hey, at least you understand SEO! LoL. Business is business. We’re a free service. Gotta pay for hosting, design, support, photos, back-up servers, coding and all of that jazz somehow.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    We should remember Flacco’s just a kid who stuck his foot in his mouth. Let’s not forget each and every one of us has probably said worse in our lives.

    As for inclement weather at the Super Bowl, please, please, please give us some cold, some light wind, and some snow. Add a great game and you have an instant classic. Dome games are okay, but I’d love to see the NFL recognize that the trend toward turning the thing into a huge studio production and giant marketing opportunity that includes cozening the fans (who should, God forbid, not feel at all cold or discomfited) has real limits and that the league could be getting SO far away from its roots as to lose them.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    The more I think about it I think the most difficult position to manage will be DT. We clearly could use a run stuffer like Rodgers was supposed to be but we also have two you DTs who you think you be a lock to make the roster. Then there is Canty who is owed in 2013 far more than he’s worth based on 2012. But the 2011 version of Canty is better than any free agent DT we could sign. I’m sure we can renegotiate and get his salary a little lower but I don’t know that we have the leverage to drastically lower his salary. Joseph seems like a good player but we need him to develop into a star in 2013 to bump up the DT play. Joseph is a free agent after 2013 so do we maybe buy low on him now, given he’s the only quality building block we have looking at 2014? We have Kuhn who showed some promise to being a nice rotation player but he’s coming off of an ACL. And we won’t even mention Austin, who as a 2nd round pick we can’t even count on as a 3rd DT.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Some great and not so great interviews this week on radio row. Here’s a look or listen at the best and worst.

    Best Interview: Mike Francessa and Ray Lucas. Just 20 minutes of good radio. Mike is the best in the biz at doing interviews and Lucas is extremely candid. Not afraid to say what’s on his mind. I highly recommend this one. (Scroll Down page to find it)

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/audio-on-demand/mike-francesa-1/

    Worst Interview: Bill Simmons and Justin Tuck. You have to understand I’m a huge Simmons fan, not just his writing, but the podcast too. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw Tuck was on. Just an awkward interview from the get go. Tuck was not funny what so ever. You also couldn’t tell if he was mad or not. Just really awkward and embarrassing for the listener. This should have been a great 30 minutes of Tuck and Simmons talking about the 2 Giants vs Pats SB’s and instead it was just plain bad. I hope Tuck has other post football career plans than the media because he’ll last about 1 year before he gets canned.
    P.S. Following Tracy Morgan and dealing with a train in the background I’m sure didn’t help, and Simmons and Sal could have asked better questions. But that doesn’t change the fact that Tuck saved his worst performance of the year for radio row. Listen at your own risk. Tuck part starts at 28 minute mark.

    http://www.grantland.com/podcasts

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