A New York Giants Feud

By: sayed islam

During halftime of an NFL pre-season game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens, Tiki Barber heavily criticized Eli Manning's leadership skills. The former Giant stated, "He didn't feel like his voice was going to be strong enough and it showed. Sometimes it was almost comical the way that he would say things." Eli Manning did not take to those words kindly and retaliated by saying, "I guess I could have questioned his leadership skills last year with calling out the coach and having articles about him retiring in the middle of the season. As a quarterback you're reading that your running back has lost the heart to play the game and it's about the 10th week, I can see that a little bit at times." The current NFL analyst on NBC responded to that by commenting on his Sirius satellite radio show, "I have never, ever, ever not left 100% of myself on the football field." Eli's comments regarding Tiki Barber make perfect sense.

Following a playoff loss in the 2005 NFL season, Tiki mentioned that Coughlin was "out coached" by Carolina Panthers coach John Fox. In 2006, Barber was frustrated due to coach Coughlin's ineptitude at calling plays. This feud between Eli Manning and Tiki Barber is certainly not a Shaquille O'Neal vs Kobe Bryant situation, and it is not a Donovan McNabb vs. Terrell Owens situation. I doubt it will ever escalate to that level, but eyebrows have to be raised when you hear Manning say that. Eli is usually not the most demonstrative NFL player in the league. He is calm and reserved, so it was astonishing for him to make an audacious comment like that.

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