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AJ23 : 10/10/2019 11:42 am
Great longread just posted, by Ben Baskin, about what the past few weeks have been like for Eli and his family.
The Final Days of Eli (Or Not. With Him, Who Knows?) - ( New Window )
This is what the detractors have never understood..  
Chris684 : 10/10/2019 11:53 am : link
As the clock winds down on a 28-14 loss, Eli heaves the ball downfield hoping for a miracle, like he so often does. The pass is intercepted. This pains Archie, who long ago stopped trying to convince his son to take fewer risks at the end of games that are already out of hand. When Archie was playing, he always worried that one more pick would land him on the bench. But he learned early in his youngest son’s career that Eli has never cared about stats, or optics, or potentialities. That’s just Eli.
great piece of journalism  
Dankbeerman : 10/10/2019 12:08 pm : link
so rare these days. glad to see it was thought out and published a few weeks after the benching instead of a typo filled "hot take" 10 min after the news broke.
What a great article.  
yatqb : 10/10/2019 12:11 pm : link
And what a great guy. Someone you’d love your daughter to marry.
That was fantastic.  
Britt in VA : 10/10/2019 12:11 pm : link
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I got to say  
jvm52106 : 10/10/2019 12:13 pm : link
that was a nice read. There are parts there that explain Eli and at the same time explain why it was time for a change. The fact that Eli is so constant, so even keeled I guess, is part of what I saw wrong with the overall team as of late. Things and occurrences became common place, became just another day and that feeling overall can become negative without even knowing it.

Eli is Eli and he is a GREAT Giant but it was time to move on. I actually think the article really shows (speaks) to something I feel I have seen from sideline shots and just between play looks and that is a very relaxed Eli. Relieved really and who can blame him for feeling that way. 2004 was a long time ago. Hell, it was 4 kids ago for me. Christ, I was just closing in on turning 35 back then.

Eli will always be a great Giant and may be a hall of famer but all that matters is he was the Giants QB for two SB's and MVP in both games!
Thanks for sharing--  
rebel yell : 10/10/2019 12:14 pm : link
that was an excellent read and serves to remind me of why I have such great admiration and respect for Eli and what he has accomplished. Class act.
That was incredible  
FranknWeezer : 10/10/2019 12:16 pm : link
Eli is one of a kind.
Abby pockets  
cjac : 10/10/2019 12:28 pm : link
a stadium hotdog and throws 2 beers in her purse for Eli for the ride home?
great stuff  
GiantNatty : 10/10/2019 12:31 pm : link
thanks for posting
RE: Abby pockets  
ron mexico : 10/10/2019 12:34 pm : link
In comment 14621101 cjac said:
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a stadium hotdog and throws 2 beers in her purse for Eli for the ride home?


that part was weird, she puts two open beers in her purse?

not to take away from the overall piece, just seemed odd
RE: RE: Abby pockets  
Dankbeerman : 10/10/2019 12:39 pm : link
In comment 14621114 ron mexico said:
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a stadium hotdog and throws 2 beers in her purse for Eli for the ride home?



that part was weird, she puts two open beers in her purse?

not to take away from the overall piece, just seemed odd


the article say she puts them in a bag to bring to him.

Nothing about her purse, them being open, or for him to have on the ride home.
RE: RE: Abby pockets  
cjac : 10/10/2019 12:40 pm : link
In comment 14621114 ron mexico said:
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a stadium hotdog and throws 2 beers in her purse for Eli for the ride home?



that part was weird, she puts two open beers in her purse?

not to take away from the overall piece, just seemed odd


when you're in a suite the beer is in cans and closed, its not like buying them from the concession stand.

Now that Eli is the backup maybe she can grab him 4 beers
Maybe they are for the lockerroom after the game?  
Britt in VA : 10/10/2019 12:43 pm : link
Who doesn't like a beer when they get off work?

At the end of every baseball game I played when I was younger you had a dog after the game. Kerry Collins was eating pizza at his locker after the SF debacle.

Doesn't seem unusual to me.
RE: I got to say  
BillKo : 10/10/2019 12:43 pm : link
In comment 14621069 jvm52106 said:
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that was a nice read. There are parts there that explain Eli and at the same time explain why it was time for a change. The fact that Eli is so constant, so even keeled I guess, is part of what I saw wrong with the overall team as of late. Things and occurrences became common place, became just another day and that feeling overall can become negative without even knowing it.

Eli is Eli and he is a GREAT Giant but it was time to move on. I actually think the article really shows (speaks) to something I feel I have seen from sideline shots and just between play looks and that is a very relaxed Eli. Relieved really and who can blame him for feeling that way. 2004 was a long time ago. Hell, it was 4 kids ago for me. Christ, I was just closing in on turning 35 back then.

Eli will always be a great Giant and may be a hall of famer but all that matters is he was the Giants QB for two SB's and MVP in both games!


Thinking the same thing. Pressure is off...not that he didn't like pressure (you have to if you're a NFL QB). But it wasn't entirely his fault, and the blame too.
Has to be THE best article  
nzyme : 10/10/2019 12:57 pm : link
written about Eli that I've read. Thanks for posting!!!!
RE: Maybe they are for the lockerroom after the game?  
johnnyb : 10/10/2019 12:58 pm : link
In comment 14621142 Britt in VA said:
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Who doesn't like a beer when they get off work?

At the end of every baseball game I played when I was younger you had a dog after the game. Kerry Collins was eating pizza at his locker after the SF debacle.

Doesn't seem unusual to me.


If I remember correctly, alcohol is not allowed in the locker room in the NFL.
RE: RE: RE: Abby pockets  
ron mexico : 10/10/2019 1:00 pm : link
In comment 14621132 cjac said:
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a stadium hotdog and throws 2 beers in her purse for Eli for the ride home?



that part was weird, she puts two open beers in her purse?

not to take away from the overall piece, just seemed odd



when you're in a suite the beer is in cans and closed, its not like buying them from the concession stand.

Now that Eli is the backup maybe she can grab him 4 beers


that explains it, thanks!
Tremendous read, thank you  
mfsd : 10/10/2019 1:04 pm : link
Genuinely emotional after reading that.
Very nice article..thanks for posting  
Lines of Scrimmage : 10/10/2019 1:14 pm : link
"Chill man Charlie" sounds like some potential down the road.
Awesome read, thank you  
V.I.G. : 10/10/2019 1:27 pm : link
my favorite part:

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Three-year-old Eli once fell down the 18 steps into his family’s foyer—it’s lost to history whether he was tripped or pushed—and his brothers seriously worried that he was dead. Instead, Cooper says, he popped up and wandered to the kitchen in search of a turkey sandwich. “The durability of the guy, both psychologically and physically,” says Cooper, “has been nothing short of a miracle.”
What a great read  
regulator : 10/10/2019 1:39 pm : link
thanks for sharing... a really nice piece.
RE: RE: RE: Abby pockets  
micky : 10/10/2019 1:51 pm : link
In comment 14621129 Dankbeerman said:
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a stadium hotdog and throws 2 beers in her purse for Eli for the ride home?



that part was weird, she puts two open beers in her purse?

not to take away from the overall piece, just seemed odd



the article say she puts them in a bag to bring to him.

Nothing about her purse, them being open, or for him to have on the ride home.


2 beers on ride home? Eli afterwardslol:



anyone else kind of laugh at this?  
GMAN4LIFE : 10/10/2019 1:54 pm : link
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Days after a loss to the Bears, the two passers were sitting in the Giants’ darkened quarterbacks room, watching film, when suddenly the tape cut out. Hasselbeck figured the projector had froze, but when he turned around he saw Manning staring at him through the darkness. “All these people are saying I’m a bust,” Eli said.


just imagine being in that room and he randomly says that in the dark lol

What a Great Profile,  
clatterbuck : 10/10/2019 1:57 pm : link
We've been fortunate to have him around for 16 seasons, great, inexplicable playoff runs, and two SBs. I am a little disappointed, though, about ketchup on the hot dog.
Great article and thanks for posting it!  
Dinger : 10/10/2019 2:03 pm : link
Eli's demeanor and character as well as the success and failures he has experienced are what make him my favorite professional athlete. Just a good man.
Great  
Chef : 10/10/2019 2:05 pm : link
Read thanks for sharing...
That was a great article  
Oscar : 10/10/2019 2:11 pm : link
Will miss Eli, it was time to move on but he’s the greatest Giant of my lifetime as a fan by some distance.
This states exactly  
Johnny5 : 10/10/2019 2:18 pm : link
Why I absolutely despise the disrespect Eli gets by more than a few members here. He deserves better than that.
Eli drinks Bud Light?  
Mike from Ohio : 10/10/2019 2:19 pm : link
Well now I need to re-evaluate everything I ever thought of him.
Damn I'm gonna miss him  
Giants in 07 : 10/10/2019 2:31 pm : link
I guess the excitement of Jones has taken away the sadness of losing Eli, at least for me, but this article really hit me.

He's given two of the greatest days of my life. I couldn't be more grateful.
His post  
Les in TO : 10/10/2019 2:39 pm : link
Game meal is hot dogs and beer? That explains a lot ;)

In all seriousness a good read.
RE: This states exactly  
Chris684 : 10/10/2019 2:41 pm : link
In comment 14621328 Johnny5 said:
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Why I absolutely despise the disrespect Eli gets by more than a few members here. He deserves better than that.


Amen.

RE: This states exactly  
Dinger : 10/10/2019 3:18 pm : link
In comment 14621328 Johnny5 said:
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Why I absolutely despise the disrespect Eli gets by more than a few members here. He deserves better than that.


Let the haters hate. Eli doesn't care and neither should you!
RE: Eli drinks Bud Light?  
Milton : 10/10/2019 4:03 pm : link
In comment 14621331 Mike from Ohio said:
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Well now I need to re-evaluate everything I ever thought of him.
The whole purpose of that line in the story was to put in a plug for Bud Light. It was probably part of the quid pro quo. Very subtle but it had to be intentional (otherwise they would've just said "two beers").
Reading that he prefers ketchup to mustard on his hot dogs...  
Milton : 10/10/2019 4:04 pm : link
...was disappointing.
Great profile  
BBelle21 : 10/10/2019 4:46 pm : link
Thank you for posting it. Eli is a fascinating icon in that none of this icon stuff touches him. Not even a little bit. And how he makes sure it stays that way; how football is rarely talked about in his personal life. We watch these players like Mayfield, Odell, Cam, etc, willingly get swallowed up by fame. Eli keeps it away as much as possible.

This quote is amazing because it’s always the impression I got watching him “There’s an argument to be made, teammates say, that Eli is the last truly masculine player in the league, the old stoic cowboy archetype.”

The part about Eli falling asleep on the airplane that got evacuated also had me laughing out loud. Special player and person.
RE: This states exactly  
BBelle21 : 10/10/2019 4:47 pm : link
In comment 14621328 Johnny5 said:
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Why I absolutely despise the disrespect Eli gets by more than a few members here. He deserves better than that.


Agree with you completely.
That's my  
Photoguy : 10/10/2019 4:49 pm : link
quarterback.


Thanks, Eli.

For everything.
Yea agree Eli was awesome  
Big_N : 10/10/2019 4:52 pm : link
That article was really good. Best thing I have read in awhile. Agree with everything though; 2 beers and a dog ; ketchup?; and everything else.
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arcarsenal : 10/10/2019 5:08 pm : link
Truly one of a kind. The start of the Daniel Jones era is very bittersweet.

The reality that it is the end of the road for Eli is tough, even if you've known that to be true for some time now.

He always had a way about him and will forever go down as not only one of the greatest Giants to ever play the game, but one of the greatest men to ever step on the football field, period.

From a football standpoint, it was time. Maybe even overdue. But, Eli wasn't just any old QB. For a lot of fans, I guess they're able to take emotion and loyalty entirely out of the equation - and in most cases, that's probably the smart approach. The Giants, I'm sure could have been a little smarter about how they handled it. But, ushering out a legend and a man of Eli's stature is no easy task.

Part of me is kind of just relieved that we've moved forward, though. It was hard to see so much of our own fan base turn(ing) on him for reasons that weren't really his fault.

I'll always be miffed by the way the latter portion of his career was handled, but I'll be forever grateful for SB42 and SB46 and all the years Eli gave us.

We were really lucky and fortunate to have had him all these years.
One other thing  
Big_N : 10/10/2019 5:10 pm : link
Toyota? He really has to drive one of those for the sponsor? He never seemed like the type to ride around in Ferrari’s but I wonder if has one stashed away somewhere.

Another odd thing is that I think I recall more random Tom Brady page six photos and captions in the post than Eli . Kinda weird
What no one  
Burt in Alameda : 10/10/2019 5:11 pm : link
mentioned is that the article is on the Sports Illustrated website which proves that, despite the massive layoffs last week and the questionable future of the magazine, some excellent journalists remain. This. of course, may be an aberration but we shall see.
Incredible article  
CalZone : 10/10/2019 6:47 pm : link
"Eli has never wanted to be known or understood. He’s never worried about how he’s viewed. When people tell him to start a Twitter account, he truly doesn’t understand why anyone would care what he has to say. Even as the star quarterback in the league’s biggest media market, friends say he has clung to being a normal guy with a normal life. Privacy has always been a chief concern, and he often laments to those close to him that the camera phone is the worst invention the world has ever seen."
RE: That's my  
PatersonPlank : 10/10/2019 7:38 pm : link
In comment 14621550 Photoguy said:
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quarterback.


Thanks, Eli.

For everything.


Yep, my quarterback too
Just read that article.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 10/12/2019 12:01 pm : link
Terrific. Thanks for the link.
RE: RE: This states exactly  
christian : 10/12/2019 12:54 pm : link
In comment 14621434 Dinger said:
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Why I absolutely despise the disrespect Eli gets by more than a few members here. He deserves better than that.



Let the haters hate. Eli doesn't care and neither should you!


That's a nice article. Eli Manning doesn't read BBI. When people criticize him on BBI it's not disrespectful, because he's not reading and will never, ever see it.

The creations of these worlds where words on BBI take on these real world implications is super weird.
I agree with arc that it was time to move on.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 10/12/2019 12:59 pm : link
Hell, it was probably overdue. But it is bittersweet because he's been a true Giant in every sense of the word. Selfishly, I really hope he does retire a Giant because seeing him is another uniform...ugh, I don't want to picture it.
Thanks for posting this  
montanagiant : 10/12/2019 1:09 pm : link
A great article and it really illustrates how lucky we were in having him as our QB.
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