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Zach Leibowitz
Sideline Reporter

Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

Wait, There's a "New Eli?"


Wait, the Old Eli actually left?

Eli Manning may be a better than average quarterback, but we're only talking about him because he's a Hungry Hippos commercial loving Manning brother. Don't forget the Oreos as well -- delicious, really!

You can't take away the great success the Giants had last season. And you certainly can't take away the Super Bowl Ring Eli has earned. You need to be solid, steady and a bit lucky to make it through an entire post-season without a loss. And to New York's credit, they did just enough of all of the above.

But if David Tyree hadn't made that catch there wouldn't be any talk of a New Eli. If Asante Samuel decided to make the interception down the right sidelines with under 1:20 left in the 4th quarter there wouldn't be any talk of a New Eli. The truth hurts, doesn't it Giants fans. Oh sure, maybe not as much as jumping on a bicycle with the seat missing, but it hurts.

And even though Eli wears as many rings as his brother, Brett Favre and one more than Dan Marino, no one would dare place him in such elite company. Eli doesn't belong there, at least not at this point in his career.

Last night at the Meadowlands, Eli came out sharp early, got his team a double digit lead, and then let's face facts, you were wishing your team was playing against him. The Giants were lucky it was only the Redskins.

The only difference between the Old Eli and the New Eli is the ring on his finger -- actually his two shiny rings since his young bride might be reading this. The Old Eli was a better than average quarterback who became a Super Bowl Champion earlier than most could have ever envisioned. Very impressive and it always will be.

But we'll have to wait some time to see if Eli becomes a consistently upper-echelon, Manning quarterback.

Only then will there really be a New Eli.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 5, 2008; 1:13 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Wow! IF Steve Smith doesn't pop the football up in the air Eli has zero interceptions, the Giants go in for a touchdown, and the score isn't even that close. I'll exult in the truth. You can sit around, and dream of what MIGHT have been IF only.

Posted by: Tom | September 5, 2008 8:01 PM

The journalism world cares about how a team or player wins. The rest of us only care if our team wins. Eli doesn't have to be Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or even Trent Dilfer. All he has to do is continue to be Eli and win games for his team. So keep writing and creating the stories your livelihood depends on and he'll keep doing that which has already brought him to the pinnacle of his profession.

Posted by: Rob | September 5, 2008 8:05 PM

Compare that the New England Patriots would not have any of their super bowl rings earned on a 3-point margin. The Patriots were lucky to have won all of their rings. What if..........

Posted by: fox | September 5, 2008 8:50 PM

There doesn't need to be a "new" Eli Zach. He's just the "old" Eli with the confidence and "swagger" of a Super Bowl winner and MVP. Giants fans know he's still going to throw some bad passes and make some poor decisions at times. But he's a WINNER. And in the words of Al Davis, "JUST WIN BABY!"

Posted by: Bill from Beltway Land | September 6, 2008 11:36 AM

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