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Morning links: Eli proves he’s elite

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 6, 2012 at 8:20 am with 13 Comments »
February 6, 2012 8:20 am
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. The Giants won 21-17. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answered critics who had any doubt of his status as an elite quarterback in the NFL with his performance in the Giants 21-17 win in Super Bowl XLII.

Playing in his brother Peyton Manning’s house at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Manning finished 30 of 40 for 296 yards and a touchdown, earning his second Super Bowl ring, and second MVP trophy in the big game.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports writes that Eli doesn’t have to play second fiddle at the family dinner table because of one statistic now – Eli 2 Super Bowls, Peyton 1.

Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated writes that Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s reluctant touchdown at the end of the game will define this year’s Super Bowl.

John McGrath of The News Tribune provides a run down of some of the best and worst moments of this year’s Super Bowl.

Art Thiel of writes the fact that the Seahawks beat the Giants with Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback four months ago, and they went on to win the Super Bowl points to the parity in the NFL.

Steve Rudman of weighs in on former Seahawk Shaun Alexander’s chances of reaching the Hall of Fame. Alexander becomes eligible in 2014. At first blush, statistically Alexander has a good shot. But most Hall of Fame voters who watched him play certainly will have some misgivings comparing Alexander to the likes of Earl Campbell and Walter Payton in terms of running style.

Aaron Levine of Q13 Fox says the Seahawks have expressed an interest in hosting a future Super Bowl by submitting initial paperwork to the league in this video link. I have reached out to the league to confirm this report but have not heard back yet. I’ll provide an update later today.

More Thiel: He argues for Seattle’s ability to host a Super Bowl.

Morning links
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  1. IF the SB can go to NYC or Detroit it sure as heck could (and should) come here!!!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Alexander will not ever get in the HOF without paying admission. He’s not going to be inducted.

    Seattle would have a tough sell to get a Super Bowl, sadly. Weather (if only perception) is a hindrance. Century-Link has the facilities, I believe. Accomidations may be prohibitive as well, although Indy can’t have Seattle beat in this regard, so I have rethought that. I’d love to see it, but I think it will be a very get for Seattle.

  3. RDPoulsbo says:

    I think the league needs to rotate the SB host to every NFL city. This is supposed to be a league-wide event, not something that belongs to 4 or 5 teams in the south.

    I’ve heard the accommodation issue raised before, but that can be overcome with special shuttles from hotels in Bellevue, Tacoma and other nearby cities to the events. The weather will be the toughest part to overcome. The 50 degree average temp. rule shouldn’t be the problem as much as the chances of rain the first week of February and it’s impact on outdoor events throughout SB week.

  4. They are almost certainly right about Alexander, which is just another reason that the HoF voting is on some levels a joke. If Alexander had run behind Emmitt Smiths line would he have done as well? Possibly better. And he would have been on “America’s Team” which is admittedly “way out” west, but it’s not south Alaska. Put stats like his up on any north or east team and he’d be first ballot.

    Having lived in two cities that hosted super bowls I can tell you that other than the hospitality industry NOBODY local much cares for it, from congestion to douchebag fans confronting douchebag locals to diverted services there are far more entries in the bad column than the good. That said, there is no good reason that Seattle shouldn’t host from the NFLs perspective if they’re ok with Detroit and Indy. NYC is a world class city; Seattle is one of Americas finest, but it isn’t in the same conversation as NYC.

  5. piperfeltcher says:

    1st I would agree Alexander was not a real physical runner but how do you question his effort. That is saying when he ran for 1800 yards and 28 TD’s in a season he was not giving it his all? Ho was a dominating back for 5 straight years and you are not the best player at your position in the world without giving a 100% effort.

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  7. RDPoulsbo says:

    I think a good portion of the Seahawk fanbase’s perception of Alexander will make things impossible for him to have a chance at the HoF and I think wrongfully so. A good amount of the fans still hadn’t gotten tuned in after a decade of Behring destroying the team and the slow rebuild under Holmgren. All too often, those who criticize his career based their perceptions on what he did in the later half and seem oblivious to his first half. Things like he was a liability in the passing game, couldn’t catch the ball etc. While there are things that are legitimate, most of the criticism is unfair when you take his entire career into account.

    The comparison with C-Mart is a good one, but I think it also took a weak 2012 class to get him in. The future classes look to be a lot stronger and that alone will keep SA out regardless of merit.

  8. I’m a huge Shaun Alexander fan, but I think he belongs in the “Hall of Very Good,” along with Matt Hasselbeck. Unfortunately Shaun is probably going to be a HOF finalist for a few years and suffer through the “pain” of almost getting there, but falling short. There are just too many good RBs and good WRs out there and you can’t put most of them in the HOF.

    Regarding the parity that Art Thiel writes about, we haven’t had too many truly dominant teams win the Super Bowl recently. It’s the team that gets hot in the playoffs or in the weeks leading to the playoffs that seems to win it all. I wonder if Tom Coughlin would be a little concerned if the Giants started a season 8-0.

  9. Dukeshire says:

    I like the idea of the Super Bowl rotating evenly throughout the league. However, I had to spend 3 days in Feb in that pit, aka Detroit, in ’05. To hell with that. Give me Miami, New Orleans, even New York (entertainment capital of the world), over ever having to go back to Detroit, or say, Pittsburgh or Minneapolis.

  10. Alexander is no HOF running back.

    That being said it shouldn’t even be a question that he makes the ring of honor…

  11. Dukeshire says:

    Alexander had 3 very solid years, 1 very good year, and 1 great season, and indifferent seasons in addition. He does not deserve to be in the Hall, IMO.

    And Inreject the notion that it’s only his post ’05 season that has people down on him. I did not want any part of his extension after that, as were many people.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Oops, I reject…

  13. RDPoulsbo says:

    The stabbed in the back comment at the end of 2004 no doubt turned fans against Alexander for good. So did his comments about his contract negotiations. If you take the emotions out of it, there’s no doubt he produced. Yes, it was behind a solid o-line, but few RBs are ever successful behind bad ones. Additionally, there are a lot of HoFers that are in there because of the efforts of teammates. Having both of Terry Bradshaw’s WRs there is a good example of that.

    I don’t have any problems with him getting consideration, but it will take a very poor HoF class to have a realistic shot. Unfortunately for potential Seahawk players, that seems to be an added hurdle.

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