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didn't quite make it to the stadium. It seems that a 40ft
Catalina and a three day weekend got in her way. She did get
in touch with us by phone
though. "I was squeezing in a bit of sun and sailing.
After all, this was the last big weekend of the summer."
Well, how was it we inquired.
"There was some good sailing at times, and the sun was
no where near as hot here as that 120 degrees at the Meadowlands."
It looked as though Gamegirl wasn't about to disappoint us
and she was going to be able to report on the game, long holiday
weekend or not.
She continued, "Of course I was happy that the Giants
won the first game of the season at home, even if I couldn't
be there in person, and it was nice to see them put 31 points
up there on the scoreboard."
"A lot of people have the Redskins favored to finish
over the Giants this season, so I'd say we're off to a good
start." We asked what she thought of Jason Sehorn's replacement,
Conrad Hamilton. "He did a real decent job. They were
trying to see what they could get away with throwing to his
side, and he's trying to fill some awfully big shoes. The
rest of the defense was great too, and Michael Strahan was
How about next week? "The Raiders are a tricky team.
You always have to watch out for them. Just because they're
coming off a bad opening game doesn't mean that you can count
them out." Then she broke away from the phone for a moment
and mentioned something about supper, so we let her go for
when do I get a vacation around here?" Mikefan inquired
after reading his counterparts review. We assured him that
Gamegirl's sailing venture wasn't an all expenses paid kind
of thing on us, and he quieted right down. Besides, we know
that he's snuck off and done some sailing himself from time
Mikefan got serious, "It was a good first game for the
confidence and intensity of the Giants defense was really
something to see, and you can sense that it's spreading to
They still have a problem sustaining long drives though. The
running game is marginally better, but it's not enough, and
there are those dropped balls. It was great to see Kanell
hit Ike Hilliard with a few passes, and at least now the quarterback
position seems to be solid. The special teams play hasn't
improved, and the opposition knows that there is a soft spot
where Jason Seahorn used to be, though Conrad Hamilton did
a good job."
Mikefan paused as he referred to his notes. I'll take a win
on opening day, but lets not forget that 21 of the 31 points
came off of turnovers. The eight sacks didn't hurt either,
and still the Giants won this game by only seven points.
You add it all up with that big 0 points in the forth quarter,
and you have to worry. What I mean is that somewhere down
the line, the offense has to carry and win a game on their
own if the Giants expect to win the division again against
this tougher competition.
Does he have any opinion on Wheatly not being played. "Most
definitely. If you don't activate a guy like that when he's
healthy, especially when you need help in the position he
plays, it means one of two things. He's either gone, or is
being treated to one big last chance warning. I think they
want to see some real commitment from this guy.
The coaches will be happy to see him hit the holes fast and
hard and plow straight through with everything he has."
How about this week's matchup. "Gamegirl is right about
the Raiders. As I remember, they have a tendency to win the
games you don't expect them to. They're always a surprise,
and we have a young team that hopefully isn't too overconfident
after the Redskins win. The Giant's face Dallas the week after
the Raider game, and the trick here is for the players to
keep their head in the game."