It's open season on Eli Manning.
Want to sack the Giants' star quarterback? By all means. Want to chide him for bringing your fantasy team down to humbling levels? Step on up and take a shot.
Per the report, Manning, who lives in Hoboken, was set to attend a fundraiser for Occhipinti's rival and current mayor, Dawn Zimmer.
Wanting either to infuse some humor into the race, chide a man down on his luck or just get some visibility on the Internet with a peculiar ploy, Occhipinti wrote an open letter to Peyton Manning, pleading with the Broncos quarterback to get his baby bro on the right track.
Here is a selection from the letter:
[...] Now, with the Giants starting 0-4, it is looking as if you might be the only Manning playing in the Super bowl in NJ this February. We are writing this letter in the hopes of changing that, though. We are hoping you can talk some sense into our Giants quarterback.
In the past few weeks since baby brother agreed to throw his hat into Hoboken politics, and agreed to attend our opponent’s fundraiser; the Giants have lost every game, and Eli has had a very tough go of it.
We are not sure whether it’s the 14 sacks he has endured that made his off the field political decision-making questionable –or if the 9 interceptions and 2 fumbles this year show that he is making questionable decisions on and off the field.
What we do know is that concentrating on football alone could help our team get back on track.
The mayoral candidate then goes on to remind us of all the wonderful things Peyton has done on the field. When he is done feeding the star's ego, he ties it all together by asking that the elder Manning help Eli see the city's issues—as if making that segue was a skip rather than a giant base jump between subjects.
We don't exactly see how this will help the candidate's cause.
Really, this just reminds fans that the Giants are 0-5 heading into Thursday's game against the Chicago Bears, a daunting task that hardly needs silly peripherals.
It also reminds us that Peyton torched the Giants in Week 2 by throwing for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Really, it seems like a Hail Mary play to troll the team's quarterback—one who helped bring the franchise two Super Bowl titles.
We are all well aware of how bad this year has been for Manning. Hell, he's on my fantasy team, and here I am feeling bad for the guy who has netted me the kind of return relegated to kickers for some of his games.
Regardless, it certainly seems Occhipinti thinks trolling Eli will help his cause.
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