After Giants WR David Tyree’s famous, game-saving catch in Super Bowl XLII, the previously unknown wide receiver was hailed as a breakout star in the making. Eli Manning called him a “gamer,” the catch itself was voted the most memorable play in Super Bowl history, and Tyree seemed destined for big money either with the Giants or elsewhere. In a major media market like New York, stardom and celebrity seemed like a perfect step for the man who had already overcome so much.
Unfortunately, that overnight success story never quite happened. Eighteen months after David Tyree seemed to cement himself as a New York Giants legend, the hero of Super Bowl XLII is now unemployed.
In light of the last few months, it’s easy to make fun of Plaxico Burress. Really, really easy. Ludicrously easy. But according to the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, one group will always see him as much more than Mr. “Plaxidental Shooting”: The Florida Gators.
That’s Louis Murphy, above, about 2 seconds before pointing up at his mother. Let me explain. He’s the leading receiver for Florida, who’s gearing up for Thursday’s title game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Up until this season (his senior year), he hadn’t accomplished much for coach Urban Meyer and company; his career totals in his first three years were 39 catches for 590 yards and six scores. Worse, he had spent time in Meyer’s doghouse for sundry minor discipline problems. Worse, after Murphy’s mother passed away on Valentine’s Day at age 47 of breast cancer, Murphy’s performance suffered greatly during spring practice. But the comfort that Murphy desperately needed came in the unlikely form of one Plaxico Burress: Read more…
The New York Giants didn’t beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. No, it was the BOSTON HERALD’s John Tomase and his February 2nd story about the Pats taping the Rams’ walkthrough before Super Bowl XXXVI that caused New England to fall short of a perfect season.
Eli Manning’s very un-Eli-like fourth quarter performance, David Tyree’s spectacular catch, and the Giants’ pass rush had nothing to do with the Pats waiting until SB XLII to lose a game. It was the ink on the page found under the byline that read “John Tomase” that caused Tom Brady, Randy Moss and crew to lose.
At least that’s what the Pats fans have been thinking since February. (PATS FANS.COM’s “Official John ‘Borges’ Tomase Should Be Fired Thread” was born on February 6). Fuel was added to the fire this spring when former member of the Patriots’ video staff Matt Walsh handed over eight tapes, yet the Rams’ walkthrough was not one of them. According to PRO FOOTBALL TALK, it looks as though Patriots fans’ wish has come true.
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• Move over, Gisele - DEADSPIN places their bid on a real valuable nude photo - of Willie Mays.
• Listen up, lardbutts - the WASHINGTON POST muscles up news that Eli Manning wants all of you to get in shape.
• Spencer Hall of THE SPORTING BLOG shoots over his March Madness picks - with a gun.
The NEW YORK TIMES highlights just how David Tyree’s life has changed, not because of a memorable Super Bowl catch, but from his time in jail on drug charges.
The New York Giants receiver was arrested in 2004 after police found half a pound of marijuana in his car. The arrest was the culmination of a childhood spent getting high & drunk - often with his own family.
• Curt Schilling uses his blog to give his side of the sore shoulder saga.
• BALL DON’T LIE gives “Inside The NBA” host Ernie Johnson a chance to finally get a word in edgewise.
• DEUCE OF DAVENPORT chows down on Major League Eating: The Video Game!
• WITH LEATHER dresses down the Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl party, complete with sexy awards!
• BABES LOVE BASEBALL pecks up news that PETA wants an apology from Pedro Martinez & Juan Marichal for getting caught playing with cocks.
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