Sport Giants teammate says Manning is like LeBron
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The dynamic that brought three World Series championships has changedThe clubhouse, once populated by outspoken veterans and compelling eccentrics, is quiet to the point of being boring, some with the team say.
What do Eli Manning and LeBron James have in common? It’s a head-scratching question, if you ask us, but Damon Harrison has a different take.
The New York Giants defensive tackle was on the set of NFL Network Monday morning, and he had interesting logic behind his comparison of Manning to King James. It involved Manning’s exclusion of the network’s Top 100 list.
“Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron,”. “I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers. Any other quarterback would have those numbers it would be an amazing year, but, it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30 [points], 15 rebounds and 12 assists and it’s like ‘he didn’t do enough.’ I don’t know what’s the deal.”
Kershaw offers funny assessment of dominant stretch
Clayton Kershaw has returned to his usual dominant form after he had a somewhat rocky stretch in which he gave up 10 home runs in five starts, and he has a simple explanation for how he has righted the ship. Kershaw gave up just two hits in seven innings of work to earn a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers ace has not allowed an earned run in 20 innings. He credited the media for that. Clayton Kershaw (0 ER last 20 IP): "You guys kept telling me I was giving up so many homers, so I was ready to stop doing it." #Dodgers — Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 5, 2017 Having won his last six decisions, Kershaw is now 13-2 on the season with a 2.19 ERA. He hasn’t really pitched poorly for any extended period of time, but the home runs were a bit uncharacteristic for the lefty. No pitcher in baseball takes his job more seriously than Kershaw, which we were reminded of during a bench-clearing brawl earlier in the year. You knew he wouldn’t keep giving up a homer in every start.
It’s understandable that Harrison wants to stick up for his guy. But this is a bit absurd, if not completely so.
Manning wasn’t exactly spectacular last season. It was a down year for the Giants quarterback. He barely passed for 4,000 yards, despite featuring a loaded receiving corps. Additionally, his touchdowns were down from his two previous seasons, while his interceptions were up.
New York made it to the playoffs, but that had perhaps more to do with the team’s outstanding defense than Manning’s performance, which included a stinker in the wild card round of the playoffs.
James is undeniably the best basketball player on the face of planet Earth. Manning is maybe a top-10 quarterback. James has made it to the NBA Finals seven straight times.
Mid-Year Report: Aaron Judge shines, Cubs flail in homer-happy first half of 2017 season
It’s shaping up as a season for the record books: more strikeouts, more homers, more rookie sluggers, and perhaps more teams vying for playoff spots than ever before. Strikeouts are up for a 12th straight year, reaching another record high. Home runs are flying out of ballparks like never before.Oh, and games keep getting longer.In other words, if you like action, the Tampa Bay Rays are your worst nightmare. No team takes longer to play an average game: three hours, 19 minutes. And much of their time is spent doing nothing.
This comparison just doesn’t work. Nice try, though.
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