CRAZY? YEAH, LIKE THE XLII MVPBy Mike Mazzeo
Go ahead. Call Eli Manning crazy.
Manning probably upset a lot of people on Tuesday afternoon when, in an interview on ESPN New York 1050, he put himself in the same class with Tom Brady.
Sounds crazy, doesn't it? After all, the facts haven't changed: Brady still leads Manning 3-1 in Super Bowl rings and Gisele Bundchen is still well, Gisele Bundchen.
(No offense to Manning's wife, Abby. She's very attractive.)
But none of that stuff really matters, because Manning beat Brady in Super Bowl XLII -- and to me, that's worth 10 Super Bowls.
Try and find a fourth quarter more exciting than Super Bowl XLII. Pretty hard isn't it?
David beating Goliath doesn't happen very often. But it happened in XLII, when Manning's Giants stunned Brady's undefeated Patriots 17-14.
So 19-0? Try 18-1.
That alone puts Manning in Brady's class.
Eli Manning is capable of leading his team to a Super Bowl. He has the track record. He's done it before.
And in the past six seasons, he's won one more Super Bowl than Brady has.
That's not to say Brady won't win another, or Manning will win three more. It's just a fact.
Ultimately, Manning will have to cut down on his interception totals and lead his team to at least another Super Bowl title or two before the experts mention him in the same breath as Brady.
But give Manning credit for having the confidence to put himself in the same class as Brady.
He sounds more and more like a leader every day. In fact, he sounds a whole lot like Brady.
And if I were a Giants fan, that's exactly what I'd want to hear.
Crazy or not.
EARTH TO ELI COME IN, ELIBy Ian Begley
So Eli Manning considers himself in the same class as Tom Brady. Crazy, no?
Manning and Brady are in the same tax bracket, but that's about it.
Other than that, "Aw Shucks" Eli is way off base on this one.
Let's start at the top and break this one down. Fair or not, all quarterbacks are ultimately judged by Super Bowl wins.
Brady has three, Eli has one.
What about Super Bowl MVPs? Brady has two, Eli one.
Brady gets the nod in regular-season MVPs, as well. Brady has two and Eli has never been in a rational conversation for one, though he did win NFC Player of the Month in November 2008.
According to ESPN's Total Quarterback Rating, Brady has had the fourth-best season by a quarterback in the past three years. Eli Manning's best ranks 21st on the list.
So, naturally, the younger Manning caused quite a stir when he said Tuesday on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 1050 that he considers himself to be in the same breath as Brady.
"I consider myself in that class," Manning said. "And Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships.
"I think now he's grown up and gotten better every year and that's what I'm trying to do. I kind of hope these next seven years of my quarterback days are my best."
It's great that Eli, who never says much, is exuding such confidence. And hey, we hope he can prove us wrong. But, coming off a 25-interception season in which his team failed to make the playoffs, these words come off as misguided at best, delusional at worst.