Uber Sports Babe Lori Levine on Giant Hopes, Life & Times of Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Bobblehead

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Lori Levine

Lori Levine. No. Really.

NEW YORK, NY – This was a rough summer, to say the least. With the Yankees’ injuries, looming retirements, elimination from the post-season, more reported PED usage, Mariano Rivera bobblehead-gate, and twerking becoming a national pastime; I was definitely excited for a new beginning. And, that beginning is the NFL, and more specifically, the New York Giants.

Say whatever you want about their 0-4 start, they are the best team in football. I challenge anyone who thinks otherwise to watch LT: The Life & Times, which is the Showtime film chronicling NFL Hall of Famer, Lawrence Taylor. I swear, they are like the ’86 Mets… but every year.

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Photo: @robertdiaz / @JournalSean

My first love of football is because of LT. And my first time going clothes-shopping with my father was for a 56 jersey. When the Giants drafted Taylor, they hadn’t made the playoffs in 18 years. And besides going behind the scenes of the best defensive player ever, the film shows a rare glimpse of a smiling Bill Belichick, which is apparently rarer than finding a four-leaf clover – or anyone playing defense on the Redskins. The magic of this Giants team, coming together, winning Super Bowls, even though LT was in the height of his drug and hooker binges, is the most inspiring story though. Yea, this guy struggled, put his family through complete hell, never showed up for practice. But, he also has the biggest heart, and respect for his teammates, and love for his coach; both Belichick, and then Bill Parcells. The LT equation of that much talent and heart, and a pre-Roger Goodell no-head contact hitting era, changed the whole league.

Going into this 2013 season, I had great hopes for this Giants team, as they seemed to have one of the best offenses in the league. Most fans think of the Giants as a second-half team, well hopefully they are also a three-quarter season team. As I write this, the Giants are gearing up to play against the 1-3 Eagles, who would probably do better with a Geno’s cheese steak at their helm, rather than Geno Smith. I am praying, that we can see a small glimpse of the LT-era Giants, or even Victor Cruz to filibuster into the end zone like a diapered-wearing, Ted Cruz filibustered to Congress.

The LT of Meet The Matts, Different Matt, tomorrow.

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Lori Levine is one of those people who should always be in a bikini. Don't be fooled by the fact that Howard Stern voted her his Hottest Fan, though. Her "degenerate dad" raised her at the track in New Jersey and watching the Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers and Knicks. She knows sports better than 99.9% of us and she's a wise-ass with the brain to make it all work.
  • Amy2ndRow

    That is the best New York Giants shirt ever! :-)

    • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

      It is indeed… we’d like to talk her out of it.

  • Anonymous

    Those videos are great. Keith with Tyson and LT? That’s the perfect sports reality show for Bravo!

    • Time Warp Tony

      That’s me in the glasses behind Tyson.

      • AngryWard

        Hahahahahaha! Of course it is!

        • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

          Was Ron Duguay there?!

  • Mrs. Matt

    Hail to the Redskins and J-E-T-S.

    • MartyStein9er

      Jets! Jets! Jets! Hey, I’ll take 2-2. Hell, I’ll take 8-8! But even as a Jets fan I like Lori’s shirt too! haha

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Marty: The Giants and Jets will finish one game apart from each other. It shall be written!

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      Mrs. Matt… We knew you had a Redskin affliction… but the Jets?!

      • Mrs. Matt

        Flushing, guys, Flushing.

        • buffalobilly84

          Hell I’ll root for the Jets if Lori is wearing their shirt!

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            One Giants’ shirt gets Marty and Billy to start dropping H-Bombs!!!

        • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

          And???

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    First off, welcome back Uber Babe! You are the Prodigal Daugther to Cookie’s loyal sibling (Cookie, slaughter a pig!) and it’s feast every time you return home! And while we fully expect Sam’s-A-Fan to rain on our parade – that’s his shtick lately – we can’t help but be giddy… and jiggly.

    • SAF-No More!

      So I’m the sites official downer, am I? While admittedly Cookie is my fave, I get damn excited, if not partially tumescent, about even the rumor of Lori Levine gracing these pages. While the G-men do have me down a bit, it’s impossible for me to frown (or even stand up) when Lori wears the colors like that. But I’m sorry if my gloomy gus routine has been harshing your buzz lately, since I gotta be sincere in my posts, I guess the only thing for me to do is to refrain from contributing any longer. No problem on my end. It’s been fun MtM.

      All hail Yim!

      • jgclancy

        SAM, Refer to the Book Of Yim Chapter 2 Verse 4:

        And all Yiminites shall have thicketh skin to withstand the barbs and negative naysayer nitwitity of the nonbelievers who probably can’t handle their liquor and have diarrhea of the moutheth. Thy solution is to only talk louder and longer until the nonbelievers(especially the bald ones) give upeth.

        They once aid I talked to much about food…hahahaha
        Today’s Mexcian food on my 9 day tour of California was a burrito,refried beans w/lard and a soft quesadilla washed down with Dos XX.Now for some scotch until my BBQ tritip….Mmmm

        Go A’s!

        • AngryWard

          So it is written and so it shall be. Sam, listen to Yim. If you are getting under management’s skin you are doing something very very right. Keep it up… though try not to point it at Cookie and Lori.

          • jgclancy

            That’s MtM management and not out beloved MTM –Mary Tyler Moore

      • Cookies Corner

        Why thank you Sam. (Matts.. I haven no idea what that meant about ‘prodigal daughter’ to my ‘loyal sibling,’ .. because NYPD Cookie is a DALLAS fan. OY!!

        Sam… why thank you. You’re tops with me too handsome.

  • AngryWard

    Lori, are the Giants gonna win this weekend or what? I’m going to the game.

    • Lori Levine

      Yes, this is their week!

      • Cookies Corner

        Good you’re back LL Babe! Missed ya!

        And I’m hoping it’s the Broncs’ week too.. that’d make five in a row. (ANYONE HERE PAYING ATTENTION?!?!?)

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      The Giants will win!!! (We’ve got to be right sooner or later).

  • FakeSandyAlderson

    LT was and always will be a child. In the mid-80s we saw LT, Doc, Straw, Micheal Ray Richardson, and others blow up their careers. Kevin Mitchell and Rickey managed to stay out of trouble somehow. Can we get the careers of Ted Cruz and John Boehner similarly derailed?

  • Harry Reid

    Lawrence Taylor changed the Giants completely as a defensive player. How many other defensive players changed a franchise?

    • jgclancy

      Harry Carson was really the heart of that defense, in my never so humble opinion!

      • AngryWard

        Ahem! Alan Page! First defensive MVP.

        • jgclancy

          Dick Butkus too! I’ll give a nod to LT but he’d be better with a “B” in front but I digress .Mmmm…bacon.

  • Junoir Blaber

    My govnment name is Lawrence and my last name has an a and r. Does that get me a date with you LL?

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