Leading-up to the NFL’s Championship Weekend – whether it be right here on WFAN or on the NFL Today set on CBS – Boomer could be heard preaching about the importance of a little thing called ‘ball-security’. Well low-and-behold, ‘ball-security’ played a big role in the Giants win.
Apparently Boomer wasn’t the only analyst touting ball-security leading-up to the game, as Craig chose to credit Michael Strahan & Jimmy Johnson – not the Booms – for the keen pregame insight.
Jerry Recco then got to deliver his well-prepared sports update, which began with the radio voice of the Giants, ‘I Love It When You Call Me’ Bob Papa calling Mario Manningham’s 4th quarter, 17 yard TD that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead and Lawrence Tynes’ 31 yard FG in OT that gave Big Blue the win.
We also got to hear from an excited Tom Coughlin and equally excited Lawrence Tynes following the game. Despite all of his success. Eli Manning remains even-keeled and Boomer admires him for that. Tynes went on to talk about the correlations between this year’s run and the magical ride back in 2007.
We also got to hear from Victor Cruz – who had 10 catches for 142 yard. 49ers return man/goat Kyle Williams said his teammates told him to forget about his costly gaffe(s) – a notion Craig isn’t buying. Williams’ head coach, Jim Harbaugh chose to focus on a brighter tomorrow, while Boomer says the first-year head coach has a little growing-up to do.
Giants owner John Mara even spoke afterwards, offering praise to his once maligned head coach.
Over in the AFC, the Patriots outlasted the Ravens 23-20 to earn their 5th trip to the Super Bowl in the last 11 years, although Bill Belichick didn’t sound as if he was ready to celebrate. Tom Brady was a little more upbeat, but not much.
Ray Lewis praised god in defeat and offered comfort to Billy Cundiff after the Ravens kicker missed a potential game-tying FG in the 4th quarter. Cundiff himself spoke about letting down the other 51 guys in the locker room.
Plus, Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno dies at the age of 85 and the Nets beat the Bobcats 97-87…