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Ernie Palladino

Brandon Myers congratulates Rueben Randle for scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Palladino: Good Things Happening To Streaking Giants

In an NFC East nobody wants to win, a division where the champion could well be 7-9 when all this is said and done, the Giants are looking pretty good right now.

11/18/2013

Ed Reed (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images), Santonio Holmes (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Palladino: Holmes And Reed Could Translate To Subtraction By Addition

How might these two perform? Ah, that’s the rub. The names are nice, but names don’t win football games.

11/15/2013

Rueben Randle runs after a catch as Mike Jenkins and Nick Roach  of the Oakland Raiders give chase at MetLife Stadium on November 10, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Palladino: Ugly Giants Keep Season Alive Against Raiders

You get the idea that nothing is ever going to be pretty in this Giants season. Then again, division races aren’t decided on looks and personality. Wins are all that count.

11/11/2013

Jason Pierre-Paul (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: JPP Resurgence Would Be Well-Timed For Giants

This grand unveiling Jason Pierre-Paul has planned for Sunday could turn out to be a big fizzle. But let’s take the optimistic route because, hey, the 2-6 Giants need all the good vibes that come their way.

11/08/2013

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is loaded on a stretcher after he collapsed on the field as the team left for halftime against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Palladino: John Fox, Gary Kubiak Are Not Unique In This Stressful World

We are all under stress. It’s part of living in a competitive, capitalist society. It is part of human interaction. The only way for any of us to avoid that is to follow the doctor’s orders: Remove stress from life’s equation. Yeah, right.

11/06/2013

Defensive end Sheldon Richardson and quarterback Geno Smith of the New York Jets celebrate their 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets Now Stamped As Real Playoff Contenders

The Jets graduated Sunday. They beat a good Saints team, led by a good quarterback in Drew Brees, 26-20, through timely offense and fantastic defense.

11/04/2013

Mets owners Fred (L) and Jeff Wilpon (R)  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Palladino: Is Mets COO Jeff Wilpon All Talk?

Wilpon alluded to sweeping changes this week. But if he thinks Poppa Fred is ever going to spring for a wholesale roster rebuild, he’d better shake himself back into reality.

11/01/2013

Geno Smith throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets Would Have Signed For 4-4 Midseason Mark In August

Admit it. If the devil had walked into Cortland with contract that said as much, you’d gladly have pricked your finger and signed.

10/30/2013

Linval Joseph of the New York Giants reacts after sacking Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth quarter Sunday. The Giants defeated the Eagles 15-7. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Palladino: Giants Win 2 Straight, But Daylight Still A Long Way Off

Oh, the possibilities of what might have been had the Giants received similar efforts from the get-go. Instead, they head into the bye at 2-6, thinking about how they might scrape their way to .500.

10/28/2013

A-Rod (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images), Bud Selig (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Palladino: Team A-Rod Looking Better As Hearing Progresses

It’s the old formula for A-Rod. Deny, deny, deny until somebody proves otherwise. The way baseball is stumbling around with this, they may never prove anything.

10/25/2013

Brandon Jacobs (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Palladino: Athletes Do Themselves A Disservice By Utilizing Social Media

By its very nature, the media has given even the most modest of users an overinflated sense of self-importance. It has turned the egotistical and self-absorbed athlete into an even larger bigger-than-life entity.

10/23/2013

Nick Folk #2 of the New York Jets hits the game-winning field goal in overtime against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on October 20, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets won 30-27. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Palladino: Controversial Ending Could Mean Brighter Days For Jets

The Jets won a game Sunday on a call an official may never favor them with again in 2013. So, ya wanna throw it back? Of course not.

10/21/2013

Rex Ryan (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images), A-Rod supporter (Photo by Tom Lugauer/WFAN), Eli and Tom (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Palladino: New York Sports Can Really Be A Comedy Of Errors

In a week where the Cardinals pushed the Dodgers to the brink of NLCS elimination and the Red Sox did the same in their ALCS matchup with the pitching-rich Tigers, this area’s teams gave the hometown fans at least a good chuckle.

10/18/2013

Hakeem Nicks (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: Giants Need Changes, But Trading Nicks Would Be Ill-Advised

If the Giants’ season gets any worse — and with Minnesota and Adrian Peterson coming up Monday night there’s a fine chance it will — one can bet a few changes will be happening shortly after what is affectionately known as “baggie day.”

10/16/2013

Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 13, 2013. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets’ Game Plan Too Conservative For Geno Smith

For all that went wrong, some of Smith’s problems were the fault of the coaching staff. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg called a conservative game, so much so that they hamstrung the rookie from what he does best.

10/14/2013

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