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Bye Plax

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Have you seen anything that would indicate they're not?

Burress is a big, game-changing talent. But Dominik Hixon looks like he can step in to the starting job (then again, they were playing Washington's pass rush-challenged front four yesterday). Amani Toomer is still getting open on the other side, and Steve Smith has been outstanding this season. (Remember, David Tyree, the hero of Super XLII, hasn't played all season.)

'Bye, Plax.

The Giants have been incredible at plugging in replacements for their stars the last two seasons. Kevin Boss moved in seamlessly when Jeremy Shockey wore out his welcome; Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiawanuka have assumed the pass-rush dominance of both the retired Michael Strahan and the injured Osi Umenyiora. Does anyone even remember that New York was supposed to have a major problem at left tackle after it released Luke Petitgout in 2007? Oh, that's right; David Diehl moved over from left guard and has stoned D-ends ever since.

When you do it that many times, that's not a coincidence. That's people who know personnel. That's a team that values draft picks and doesn't miss on either day. That's something the local team should take a long, hard look at this offseason.

By David Aldridge  |  December 1, 2008; 7:17 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The Giants are owned by the Mara Dynasty. The Skins are owned by The Danny. Need I say more?

Posted by: BiffGriff | December 1, 2008 10:33 AM

"The Giants are owned by the Mara Dynasty. The Skins are owned by The Danny. Need I say more?"

Yesterday the Skins were owned by the Giants.

Posted by: kguy1 | December 1, 2008 10:51 AM

You guys are right..As long as Snyder owns and Vinny is the GM, the Skins will be home watching the Superbowl every year. I personally don't care about Plax and his personal issues. But I know men are now into soap operas so have at it.

Posted by: Gm guy | December 1, 2008 11:46 AM

back again, like last week, pointing out the death-of-Sean-Taylor irony of it all:

on the same Sunday that the Redskins memorialize the death of Sean Taylor (due to a gunshot wound to his leg) . . .

. . . need I fill in the rest about Plaxico?

I need not write another word.

Posted by: Matthew Katz | December 1, 2008 11:47 AM

As a lifelong Giants fan, all I can say is, "Thanks for the ring last year Plax...enjoy it on your way to Dallas because you're out of here!"

What an idiot.

Posted by: Chris | December 1, 2008 12:54 PM

We've long since stopped caring about professional football and basketball for just such reasons: Can't stomach the sight of diamond-wearing thugs at play. I'm sure the Giants will make excuses for Plax and his high-priced lawyer will get him off. The thought of it makes me feel like I'll lose my lunch...

Posted by: Washington, DC | December 1, 2008 1:03 PM

Only time will tell.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2008 1:04 PM

Have we ever had pros who werenn't prima donnas, and who were thugs as well? I think they were always with us, but in the modern era it seems like an epidemic. Screw them all. Dummies like Plax and Vick should not be allowed back into the league. Let him get a job loading trucks in a warehouse somewhere in central NJ.

Also, why are they almost universally black? Just when you think we may have turned the corner on the racial thing, out comes another a-hole.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeof | December 1, 2008 1:52 PM

At the risk of sounding like a bleeding heart, I don't think that Burris deserves to be sent to prison for 3.5 years, the mandatory sentence in NY illegal possession of a firearm. Clearly, his behavior has been inexcusably boneheaded and dangerous, however, throwing him in jail for a period of years seems a bit harsh. Of course, if he was pulling the weapon to threaten someone else, he should face the full penalty.

Otherwise, I think he should be allowed to plea to a lesser charge with perhaps a short prison term (1-3 months) and a long probation which is conditional upon his participation in some sort of psychiatric treatment.

On the professional side, he should be heavily fined and suspended for one year without pay by the league. His reinstatement should be linked to his conduct and treatment. The Giants should be free to cut him loose and, in that case, Burris would have to prove himself worthy of a second chance with a team willing to take him on their roster.

All of the above plus that hole in his leg should send a strong enough disciplinary message to Burris and the rest of the NFL.

Posted by: BobT | December 1, 2008 2:10 PM

Not being much of a spectator sports fan, it seems to me that these guys are more entertaining off the field than on the field. Besides, shouldn't he have a Constitutional Right to shoot himself in the leg?

Posted by: Miller | December 1, 2008 3:49 PM

To Miller: Why not? The Redskins shot themselves in the foot, after all.

Posted by: wineagent | December 1, 2008 4:26 PM

@BobT - that's the whole point behind mandatory sentencing -- it doesn't matter what you (or I, or the judge) think.

Posted by: Point of Information | December 1, 2008 11:19 PM

My goodness, how many times was Plaxico arrested before this, I mean for a real felony? . . . . . None that I can remember, zero.

This is not like Pac-man who can't stay out of trouble. Or TO who's just a pain in the neck problem to the Cowboys.

And, it's not Washington I'm worried about. I'm worried about -- the Cowboys, with high-maintainence Owens. . . . . . . . . . I'd like to have Plaxico back for the playoffs, as our offensive answer to TO.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | December 2, 2008 1:12 AM

Three years is ridiculous in these circumstances, plain and simple. Pit bulls, Hummers, handguns -- sure, they're all uniquely American compensations for being afraid your johnson isn't up to standards, but three years is overkill.

Posted by: Mack D. | December 2, 2008 5:23 AM

You are spot on in your analysis of the Giants David. I loved Shockey when he first got there but soon realized he was TO with more tattoos. His celebration of catches and scores was about HIM, not about the team. Good riddance. The Giants keep finding talented people to fill holes with no loss of performance. I just hope they keep on doing it. It's nice having the Lombardi trophy at the Meadowlands!

Posted by: Bill from Beltway Land | December 2, 2008 7:05 AM

David Aldridge needs to lighten up a bit on Plaxico. The mayor’s response to Plaxico’s predicament is predictably political and disgusting. If I am correct, the mayor is protected by armed guards twenty four hours each day. Why is that? How many athletes and other public figures must be shot down murdered or paralyzed before we understand that these guys are under attack by thieves and murderers that see them as wealthy, easy marks?

How can Plaxico get a fare trial when the mayor demands publicly that he should be made an example of? We should question ourselves as to why these people cannot go out into the public without feeling they need a gun to protect themselves? Why isn’t New York questioning itself why the city is so dangerous?

Is it because it is easier to blame a celebrity that stupidly shot himself or a society so sick that people feel compelled to lethally protect themselves. We know the answer to that question. The simple answer is always easy for a simple society.

Posted by: Jim | December 2, 2008 7:51 AM

Plaxico is not going to Dallas, he is going to jail. The law in NY is very clear. If they let him off they undercut the law to such an extent that it is useless. So for the next 3 1/2 years he will be easy to find. If Burress felt he needed a gun to go to the club why did he go? Is that rational?

Posted by: Al | December 2, 2008 8:29 AM

New Yorkers are so full of it. These self righteous pitiful people think they are above everyone else. Nothing could be further from the truth. Plaxico should be able to go to any club that he feels like going to without feeling threatened. The answer to the security problems in New York as far as New Yorkers are concerned is to barricade yourself up in your homes, hope that you are not a victim of home invasion and, if you are a celebrity in New York do not go out to a club.

The crooks that do not follow the law when it comes to weapons target wealthy celebrities not just in New York but all over the United States. It is too bad that every celebrity could not be openly armed so that the thieves and other cockroaches that prey on them understand that they could become the victim instead of visa versa.

Posted by: Jim | December 2, 2008 9:19 AM

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