From when I was a kid, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always loved the medium of radio Ã¢â‚¬â€œ sports radio, in particular. Even now that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m 30, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just something so fantastic about the idea of being represented only by oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thoughts, shot out onto the air waves, deep into the night.
So when I found out about WFANÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fantasy PhenomÃ¢â‚¬Â competition, in which the winner would get a one-year deal to host a show on the sports radio station I grew up listening to, I knew IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to give it a shot Ã¢â‚¬â€œ just to know that I did.
Here are some reactions to this weekendÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s football action, a little belated because of a rare vacation to the Jersey Shore, where I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t actually have Internet access. As such, I missed out on a lot of people complaining about the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ inability to sign Jon Garland, of all people. It was bliss.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always been a radio guy, dating back to my high school days of calling the WFAN overnight shows, which actually provided a distinct preview of my sleeping habits later on. I later had the privilege of hosting my own sports and heavy-metal music shows Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I was far better with sports given that I actually know very little about heavy-metal music.
Here are my usual post-Sunday thoughts. More a Ã¢â‚¬Å“late-night afterÃ¢â‚¬Â than afternoon today. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll reiterate that football isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t my thing, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give it a shot as usual.
- The Giants have a deep and talented team, particularly on defense. Steve Smith is open every time you look up. They gave the Chiefs fits on Sunday. I do believe theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the best team in football, but their huge weakness was exposed when Eli Manning somehow hurt his foot. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“bruised heelÃ¢â‚¬Â diagnosis was shady at best, as I simply view such an injury as impossible under those circumstances. I get injured all the time, so IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sort of a self-proclaimed expert; the first thing I thought was that he messed up his AchillesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Now IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m hearing that it may be plantar fasciitis, which would be far from a best-case scenario, but at least it wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be his AchillesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Regardless, I believe Eli Ã¢â‚¬â€œ whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s far tougher than he looks Ã¢â‚¬â€œ wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t miss a whole lot of time with this. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had plantar fasciitis, and though itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no picnic, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s at least manageable. With the horrible Raiders coming to town, they may choose to sit him until the following week in a huge showdown in New Orleans. But David Carr isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t suitable to play quarterback in this, or any, league. And as deep as the Giants are at most positions Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including running back, where Ahmad Bradshaw has been at least the equal of Brandon Jacobs thus far Ã¢â‚¬â€œ David Carr simply is not an NFL quarterback, having been permanently ruined by years of playing behind a sieve-like offensive line in Houston. I believe the Giants are very good, and potentially dominant, but until Eli plays a whole game and shows no ill effects, you have to temper your enthusiasm.