On Eli being as good as Brady


On Eli being as good as Brady

By Justin Aucoin

By now youve probably heard the news: Eli Manning is as good as Tom Brady.

"I consider myself in that class andTom Brady(notes)is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year and he started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships." Eli Manning, ESPN New York 1050

I personally would like to take a moment to thank Eli for correcting us all on this point. For years I thought Tom Brady was one of the best QBs of all time and Eli was only the third greatest quarterback in the Manning clan.

ok, or not.

Yet, like a magician, Manning made us see that his suckiness was all an illusion.

Meanwhile, in the real world where most of us live, Manning isnt anywhere near the caliber Brady is. Its funny to even have to write that sentence out and yet I just did. MJD over at the Shutdown Corner blog summed it up beautifully:

Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Eli Manning, and that's not a criticism of Eli or even a statement of opinion. That's just the way it is. The sun rises in the East, two plus two is four, and Tom Brady is a better quarterback than Eli Manning.

Yet somewhere in Mannings puny little brain he sees Tom when he looks in the mirror.

Listen, Eli, its cool; we all have our idols who we want to be like. I used to pretend I was Bo Jackson when I played football, but, again, that was back when I was 10.

It does make you wonder what the requirements are to get into this special class of NFL QB. Ive thrown for some ridiculous TDs in Tecmo Bowl, does that get me in? In fact, who is included in this class Eli speaks of?

Its a very eclectic class.

And just if you thought Eli comparing himself to Brady wasnt special enough, Eli followed it up with this zinger:

Im not a 25-interception quarterback, I know that.

Huh. Funny. Tell that to all the poor souls that got stuck with you in fantasy football last year.

Brutal. We couldve thrown for less picks. Wonder what spell Eli used to erase that stat from last year.

A lot of people are saying He believes that hes that good and thats what matters. Hogwash. Hogwash, I say. I can tell people Im 63, a millionaire with more charm than the Old Spice Guy doesnt make it so.

Likewise, confidence doesnt equate to talent. Otherwise wed all be Hall of Famers dating super models way out of our league. Life would turn into one giant Little League trophy ceremony where everyone gets a nice try award. Wheres the fun in that?

But whatever floats Elis boat, I guess. If telling himself hes as good as Brady lets him sleep soundly at night, more power to him. We all know the truth.

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally


Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.