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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Brothers With Arms
To fully appreciate the talent of a world-class performer it helps to see the performance first hand.
Sunday, September 20, 2009.
The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to open their new $1.2 billion dollar stadium hosting NFC East rivals, the New York Giants.
Prior to kickoff, the new Cowboys Stadium is described in a spectacularly lavish video display as this century's answer to the Pyramids, the Parthenon, Great Wall of China and the Roman Colosseum all rolled up into one. Former U.S. President and Dallas resident George W. Bush and wife Laura are on hand for the official coin toss, before American Idol Jordin Sparks belts out a stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" with the Stars and Stripes covering the entire dimensions of the football field.
You can't imagine more love over gold, blue or silver.
And a poised, professional gunslinger named Eli shows up to ruin the party at the Cowboys glittering pigskin palace. For the rest of the week, Dallas, TX is left in dire emotional straits.
Statistics show Eli Manning completed 25 of 38 passes for 330 yards and two TD's in a nail biting 33-31 New York victory. What they don't reveal is the deafening roar of an NFL record crowd of 105,121 doing everything they can to distract Manning and his Giants from the job at hand. The patient, methodical approach in which Eli carved up the Cowboys secondary that evening has left an indelible stamp on a Canadian visitor watching the drama unfold from the front row of the upper deck. Like his older brother, he got the action, he got the motion. Yeah, the boy can play.
Five weeks into the NFL season, and its no surprise to see Manning and the Giants as one of only four teams at 5-and-0. And maybe it's also no surprise that one of the other three teams has another Manning at the helm.
As far as NFL quarterbacks are concerned, these brothers with arms are the sultans of fling.
The Manning family's walk of life also transcends the gridiron.
During the off season the family got together to write a children's book about three young brothers learning to support and encourage each other.
This coming Sunday, Eli and the Giants visit the 4-and-0 Saints in New Orleans, while Peyton and the Colts enjoy a bye week. The other 5-0 teams, Minnesota and Denver will have their hands full with Brett Favre and the Vikings hosting a tough Baltimore team while the surprising Broncos are on the road visiting San Diego in the Monday Nighter.
Eli and Peyton already have one world championship each under their respective belts, but would it surprise anyone to see an All-Manning Super Bowl, February 7, 2010 in South Florida?
"If your team is going to win, you need to play better than the other quarterback"