That's Why I Say...Hey Man Nice Shot: Plaxico Released By Giants

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That's Why I Say...Hey Man Nice Shot: Plaxico Released By Giants
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I know it's not good to relish in the losses of others, but the NFC East is no place for thin skin. When something bad happens to the Giants, Eagles, or Redskins, that means something good just happened for the Dallas Cowboys.

After four seasons and a Superbowl XLII championship, Plaxico Burress has been released by the New York Giants.

Burress is facing an uphill legal battle involving criminal charges that have stemmed from an incident last November in which the maligned wideout shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan night club.

In his tenure with the Giants, Plax became the team's 12th all time leading receiver with 344 snags. Burress compiled 3,681 receiving yards and caught 33 touchdowns in that span.

The Giants had expressed interest in keeping Burress on the roster pending a ruling in his case. If Burress is found guilty he faces mandatory prison time under New York state law.

This release may fuel speculation that Plaxico will indeed be serving a substantial amount of time in prison very soon.

Burress is due in court on June 8th.

Fom a Cowboy fan's perspective, this is great news. Because, on occassion, Plaxico Burress has killed the the Dallas secondary.

The first game that comes to mind has to be opeing week of the 2007 season. Plax had his way with the Cowboys' defensive backs to the tune of 8 catches for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

At one point, maybe when the Giant's wideout running down the field on his way to a 60-yard touchdown, I began to see the Cowboys season flash before my eyes.

Thankfully the Cowboys rebounded and pulled out the battle 45-35 . Of course Plaxico and the Giants won the ""war" with a win at Texas Stadium in the 2007 NFC Divisional round.  

But that week-one barn burner would go down Plaxico's best statistical game against the Cowboys as a Giant. Over his eight games against the 'Boys, Burress recorded 33 grabs for 446 yards and five touchdowns.

The NFC East has now lost two great wide recievers. Plaxico Burress and Terrell Owens have moved on. It will be interesting to see how the Cowboys and Giants, more notably Romo and Manning, can adjust to the loss of two stellar playmakers.

The number one priority for New York has to involve finding another option for Eli Manning. This move will have a profound impact on the NFC East if the Giants are unable to find a suitable replacement for Plaxico.

Last year the New York finished the season with a record of 12-4. However, the teams record was much better with Burress in the lineup than it was without his services.

With Plaxico in the lineup, the Giants were a nearly unbeatable 8-1. In games without Eli's favorite target, the team was a mediocre 4-3.

I wonder if Torry Holt has checked his cell phone for messages lately?

 

 

 

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