By Alison Conigliaro-Hubbard
Okay, okay – I’m getting excited! Sort of. But I can’t. But I want to. But I can’t. You see, I need a few lessons from Eli. Easy E. Mr. Even Keel. It’s a great trait to have, and I’ve never seen anyone quite like him. He’s the champion of staying cool under pressure.
You see, after 4 wins in a row, and with all this talk about the Giants on their way up, and with the way the Defense is playing, and the fact that we have cobbled together a running game that, despite so many doubters, seems to be working… how can I NOT get excited???? But I can’t. Here’s why.
What’s also happened after these 4 games is my superstitions – those things I am religious about, but that had been eluding me for 6 games no matter how many adjustments I made – seem finally to be back in gear. They are working again! And I won’t take them lightly! And the thing is, while I can tell you about some of these new superstitions of 2013 (like the fact that I will definitely be wearing #26 away jersey on my back for the rest of the games, and I have finally figured out the magic pre-game Facebook comments that must be made), I can’t tell you about all of them. Why? Because I am too superstitious! And it’s a superstition that if I get too boisterous about my team, a player or even a superstition, I could mess up the whole darn thing! So, I need to keep my cool. Like Eli.
But I will comment on a few things I’m excited to see:
From the start of camp, I have to be honest (well, I wrote about this a lot so it may not be a big surprise), I was never thrilled with what we were bringing into the season for a running game. While Andre Brown had a really good season last year before getting injured, and David Wilson is a 1st round pick (yet unproven to date in the running game), I just always felt we needed veteran leadership out there with them in order to provide guidance, and to assume security in the running game. To me, Dre was our best bet going into the season, but then he broke his leg before we even began. Again. And I won’t rehash the whole running back carousel again, or the fact that Wilson is now on IR and questionable about his playing future, but, I am thrilled for what’s become of the running game in the second half.
I think it was sometime in early September that I called into Moving the Chains on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and I chatted with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan about the suggestion of bringing BJ back. I think my comments on air were about his burning desire to play again with the Giants, bringing out his passion and his Veteran leadership, and that alone could deliver that extra PUSH to help him power that ball through. Yep. Ali was onto something. So far in 2013, not only has Brandon Jacobs delivered 49 rushes for 163 yards rushing, and 4 touchdowns, but, he has absolutely delivered his unique style of passion and energy, as well as veteran leadership to the team. And after watching him miserable here in San Francisco last year, I am thrilled for him. I think I’m gonna call those guys today.