I know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fake. I know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m 30.
But standing with my friends in section 110 at Phillips Arena in Atlanta last Sunday, when his music hit and Edge made his surprise return at the Royal Rumble, I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help myself; I cheered my head off, flossed in my Edge shirt and gave high-fives to little kids.
And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the thing I still marvel at. It makes no sense that after all these years, through all the changes in my life, professional wrestling is still something I enjoy. And yet there I was.
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.