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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

Electric or Egad?

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A few years back, when the draft-day trade of Eli Manning to the New York Giants was engineered, I shot off my mouth. Fortunately, only Gene Wang was around to hear me. I thought then that Eli had the potential to be even better than his brother and that he would win more rings when it was all over. Geno indulged me and, because we watch a lot of NFC East games and I'm interested in the development tracks of young QBs (like Manning and Jason Campbell and Tony Romo), we've paid close attention to the New York Giants.

Frankly, it's been a rough ride and we're not even Giants fans. Eli Manning is a guy who has the ability to single-handedly win you games and lose you games -- and usually it's the same game. It has been excruciating and baffling and maddening.

You'd have thought that those days were behind him after the First Sunday in February. But not Thursday night against the Redskins. At least three passes could have been picked off and the Giants got out with a 16-7 win. What on earth could be the problem now? Is it the Men's Vogue cover curse? (Seriously, who wears a trenchcoat with a fubball uniform???)

At times, we've even joked that perhaps he was a foundling, he's that different from Peyton. ("Navin, you're not our natural-born child.") But he's got the arm, and the smarts and, hey, we kid because we love. Maybe it's youngest child syndrome or that he appears to be the Manning child who was closest to his mother. Maybe it's Favre syndrome. Maybe Game 1 of the 2008 season means nothing.

Whatev. I don't think anyone can say why the lightbulb over his head seems to flicker. And while I do still think he'll get a second ring before Peyton, fasten your seat belts. It may never be anything other than a bumpy ride.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 5, 2008; 8:03 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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