Sunday, January 27, 2008

I've always liked Plaxico Burress, even when people called him Plexiglass. Burress is about 8 feet tall and has arms made out of plasticine, as New England's Ellis (Calvin and) Hobbs, hardly a Leviathan at 5'9", discovered when Burress burnt him repeatedly last month. He's also been playing all season with an ankle that needs surgery, opting not to resort to other means of recovery as the Patriots' Rodney Harrison did.

Still, Burress burned himself badly yesterday when he supposedly said that the Giants' receivers are better than the Patriots. Burress and Toomer are pretty good receivers, sure, but New England's third-best receiver is really Wes Welker, winner of Howie Long's Scrappy White Guy Award. And he's better than anyone on the Giants, even if they didn't have Randy Moss' 1500 yards and 23 touchdowns. Jabar Gaffney, fourth on New England's depth chart, had five touchdowns to Amani Toomer's two. It might be that the Giants win the Super Bowl next Sunday, but this is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard, right up there with Union general John Sedgwick's last words: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

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