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Why Can't the Eagles Catch Teams Sleeping in the Playoffs like the Giants? Part One

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The following is part one in a two-part series featuring Dennis Bakay and Joe Vallee's take on the New York Giants, who just pulled off another huge upset against the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. Join them as they ponder the question - "Why can't the Philadelphia Eagles catch teams sleeping in the playoffs like the New York Giants?"

Part One- Dennis' Take:

I am now convinced that the New York Giants will win their second Super Bowl under Tom Coughlin. Lightning has struck twice. Back in 2008, I didn't think they had a snowball's chance in hell of beating the Packers in the NFC Championship. Then lo and behold, the Giants went up to Lambeau Field and knocked them off in arctic weather conditions. This time around I actually joked with Joe last week and said I had a feeling this team would go up there and knock off the Packers. Joe responded, "that would be the worst thing ever." Tom "Red Face" Coughlin photo: Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Well, my friends, the worst thing ever seems to be happening again.

First off, I hate the New York Giants probably more than any professional sports team on the planet. I hate them way more than the L.A. Lakers, Tampa Bay Bucs (still not over The Debacle on January 19, 2003), Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Dallas Cowboys. It still kills me that Eagles fans have much more hatred for the Cowboys when the Giants are a bigger rival. Sure, I get it about the "cockroaches" and bandwagon jumpers in this area who wear Tony Romo jerseys when they never set foot in the state of Texas.

However, the biggest reason I feel the Giants are a far bigger rival is because of their fans. New York fans are way more passionate about their team than Cowboys fans are. If you talk to most football fans in Texas, they care about Texas and Texas A & M ten times more than the Cowboys. When the Eagles play the Cowboys, it's just another game for those fans out there.

What really kills me is that the Giants seem to catch teams on their off days in the playoffs. You can't tell me they were that much better than the great Patriots 16-0 team of 2007. If the Giants played that team 100 times, they would be lucky to beat them five times. And don’t tell me they were better than Brett Favre's 13-3 Packers team that year, either. Now, history has repeated itself. They caught the 15-1 Packers on probably their worst day, looking lethargic, unprepared, and uninspired. Many fans point to the shocking death of Offensive Coordinator Michael Philbin's son as a reason for their collapse. The bottom line is that the Packers players didn't show up, much like the Eagles in 4 out of 5 NFC Championships and the Super Bowl in 2005.

The Giants took advantage of the Packers' lack of focus and dominated them thoroughly. It looked like the Giants were playing an 8-8 team and not a team which nearly went undefeated throughout the regular season.

It was very reminiscent of the Super Bowl four years ago, when they caught the Patriots on their off-day of off-days. The Giants fans will say I'm just another sore loser Eagles fan who can't accept the fact that the Giants have more Super Bowl titles (three) than the Eagles will probably ever amass. Wrong. It's more hatred and jealousy than anything.

Don't feed me this nonsense about Eli Manning  being an MVP-caliber quarterback. Despite the Patriots' epic choke job, he needed David Tyree to have a miracle catch. The Eagles would never catch teams sleeping on the job like the Giants because of the curse hovering over this franchise. The Eagles are cursed, plain and simple. They are that Packers team which took the field yesterday. They are that 16-0 Patriots team who choked in the Super Bowl.  If they took on that Packers team Sunday, fate would have it that the Packers would put up 600 yards in total offense and demolish them.

 

 

When it comes to the Giants, they catch lightning in a bottle and capitalize. Mark it down, they'll continue capitalizing and end up hoisting another Lombardi trophy in February.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2:  Joe Vallee's take

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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Tom "Red Face" Coughlin photo: Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News