New York Rangers and New York Giants Stuff… and Jack Eichel.

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NEW YORK, NY –  The New York Football Giants come into this Sunday’s crucial match-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers riding high on a string of six good, but unconvincing wins. And they still trail the Cowboys (at time of writing) by two games. So this is another must-win for the G-men if they want to keep pace with the ‘Boys and/or lock up the Wild Card.

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Punk-a$$ Jack Eichel

The Giants and Cowboys collide next Sunday night in a battle that will surely decide the division. The Giants beat the Cowboys in the Big D the first week of the season. The Cowboys haven’t lost since. Big Blue has a tough run-in to the end of the season. After Sunday’s bout in Pittsburgh and next week’s showdown against Dallas, the Giants have games against the Lions, Eagles, and Redskins. They’ll need to win a couple of these games to lock up a Wild Card berth. They’ll need to run the table and hope the Cowboys slip up to take the division. That seems like too much for a Giants team whose play has been very average but whose results have been great.  Time will tell how things shake out for Mr. McAdoo’s Mammoths.

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Was Lundquist distracted?

On the ice, the Rangers have been very average of late. They’ve come back down to earth after the hot start to the season. They’ve been bitten by the injury bug, which hasn’t helped. Mika Zibanejad has been sidelined with a broken leg and will probably be out through the New Year. Last night the Rangers gave up a lead to lose to a Buffalo Sabres team (whose ONE FAN is DJ Eberle) boosted by the recent return of Jack Eichel to the lineup. After last Sunday’s lamestain performance at the garden against the Ottawa Senators, the Blueshirts could have benefitted from going on another run. But last night’s loss after their come-from-behind win against the Carolina Hurricanes has them back in the doldrums.

Up next for the Broadway Blues is a Saturday Matinee against the ‘Canes at the Garden. Let’s hope Alain Vgneault’s men can get back to wining ways. They still need some help on the back end. The defensemen have been inconsistent at best. Kevin Klein was a healthy scratch last night in favor of Adam Clendening. The Rangers will have to make a trade to bolster the defense. It remains to be seen who will be shipped out. Rumors have been circling around JT Miller as trade bait. Miller has played well this season and it would be a shame to see him go. But the Blueshirts need a top-four defenseman. There are still a few months left until the trade deadline and a lot can change. Time will tell.

Oh… And the Metsies made a big splash bringing back Yoenis Cespedes. [Yawn].

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. “Diff” joined us just after the switch from being “Mets only” to an all-sports stop. He’s a Yankee fan; thus he was “different.” Aside from the Yanks, he’s a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.

  • DJ Eberle

    Jack Eichel is an absolute stud! Four points in his two games back. He’s going to lead the Sabres to the promise land one day.

    • AngryWard

      The “Promised Land” is anywhere outside of Buffalo, right DJ?

      • buffalobilly84

        Promise Land is in Buffalo! We Promise to never win!!! haha

        • AngryWard

          That’s pretty good.

          • Thank you, A-Dubya and buffalobilly84 for properly pointing out the ludicrousness of Eberle’s prognostication. #Promised

  • benwhit

    Rangers haven’t been the same without Zibanejad. That line with Buchnevich snd Kreider looked amazing. The lineup was so much deeper.

    Eichel was flying, acne and all.

    • Indeed, the Blueshirts look as though they’ve lost some Zib.

  • AngryWard

    The Cowboys did not impress me one bit last night. They needed the benefit of not one but two dubious fumble reviews that both went their way, as well as a ridiculous “no call” on a clear shot to the head on Bradford on the game’s final play, to beat my seriously depleted Vikings. They are paper tigers and will be exposed.

    • Buddy Diaz

      Agreed, they got some breaks a long the way to achieve that record but they have been winning nonetheless. My Eagles were up two scores and fumbled late in the game when they lost so I don’t believe the Cowboys are great despite that really good record

      • GrindingAx

        The Eagles fans have suffered from Cowboy and Giant and Redskin envy since 1960. You picked the wrong QB and it will be another decade of almost won for the most delusional fans in the USA!

      • You are nearly worse than Grinding Ax being a Cowboys fan from the East Harlem! But we’ll put that out as a poll on Twitter.

    • GrindingAx

      Ward,
      I know your recovering from the flu and your temp must have you hallucinating. Admittedly the Cowboys escaped with a win against a bad team. The game plan fed into the Vikes strength. They should have been throwing at Terrence Newman the entire game.
      Perhaps the refs went to the same Opthalmologist as Coach Zimmer. There were plenty of missed calls and calls that were not warranted on both sides. The fumble reversal calls were legitimate.
      Sam Badford cannot complete a pass over 10 yards and that two point conversion was going nowhere before he got hit.
      The Cowboys are finally getting some luck but will lose in the playoffs because of their weak defense.

      • You Suck

        Giants beat the Blow Boys.

        • GrindingAx

          Game on and good to see a You Suck post!

        • Watch the tone, Y.S.! But since it’s the Cowboys you speak of, we’ll look the other way.

      • AngryWard

        Your Ophthalmologist joke did not go unnoticed, Walt. Well done. I’m sorry, I am a very bitter Vikings fan. For starters they could have been a VERY good team this year. But, more importantly, watching them all these years I have to say that they almost never get a break, and I mean ever. That Zeke Elliott fumble recovery in the first half may have been the right call but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. The ball comes out, a few guys dive in, and the guy who comes away with it gets the recovery. Do I think Elliott had his hand on the ball? Yes. Do I think he had it completely secured? No. If he did Barr would not have been able to come out with it. Then to have the exact opposite happen to us, was just too much. And the officials swallowing their whistles on a clear roughing at the end was inexcusable, albeit completely predictable. The Cowboys being relevant is great for business. I’m sure Minnesota received yet another boilerplate “Sorry, we blew it” letter for the NFL this morning. More of the same for the Vikings.

      • All of what you say is inadmissible because being a Cowboys fan in Jersey rules you out as a credible witness.

        • GrindingAx

          Thanks Big Al!

    • Buddy Diaz

      Oh and that non call on Bradford was bogus! They should of called roughing!

    • benwhit

      Yeah but this wasn’t a matchup where Dallas was going to look too impressive. Minny can slow down the run. Dallas played it safe I think.

      I didn’t see the second fumble but the first call looked reasonable. You’re right that they never call that but it’s rare you get such a good look. There are usually dozens bodies diving for the ball and obstructing the view.

      Clearly a penalty on the last play. Automatic call.

    • The #Cowboys are who we thought they are! There is but two #NFC teams that can lasso them – and they are the New York Football Giants Defense & the New York Football Giants Offense. #DropTheMic

  • Dude

    thursday night NFL needs to go away… maybe monday night too. sunday sunday sunday and that’s it.

  • TommyB77

    I like those Rangers fans. 😉

  • Sorry for being late to the party today, paying some bills working on a pharmaceutical commercial for something we have no idea about – even after being on the set… And we were further delayed by a now-live Twitter exchange with the guy that invoked #Trump with his incendiary comments about the Ohio State tragedy, when he hinted it might be karma for cheating his Wolverines.
    https://twitter.com/thesenuts365/status/804758529596801025

  • Junoir Blaber

    The rangers tend to make bad trades so every time you talk like a trade needs to be made i get worried

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