See Me, Touch Me, Tiki
Well in case you haven't heard this by now. Tiki Barber is claiming that he's "pretty much" made up his mind to retire this upcoming offseason. While Tiki is getting old by running back standards (31), I don't really understand this decision at all. Last year Tiki led the league in all-purpose yards with 2,390 yards. Yeah, that's right. That's the second highest total of all-time. ALL-TIME. He's also leading the NFL in rushing yards right now, despite having a bye week. This, all while running behind an offensive line that features such Pro Bowl mainstays like Dave Diehl. I could very easily make the argument that Tiki Barber is the best running back in the league.
Apparently, his off-field oppurtunities are part of the reason behind this decision. Really, Tiki? You're leaving a team that is peaking talent-wise so that you can show up more than once a week on fucking "Fox & Friends"? Believe me, Fox & Friends will always be waiting for you. Football will not. Actually, Fox & Friends will probably be cancelled, but you know what I mean.
That being said, I think Brandon Jacobs has what it takes to be a good starting running back in the NFL. He's not just a goal-line back like most people assume. He's extremely fast, and he even ran back kicks last year. However, he will not even come close to Tiki's production. He'll never be a 70 catch running back, let alone a 35 or more catch guy. I think we'll find out that Eli Manning isn't all he's cracked up to be without Tiki Barber.
On a very minor bright side to this story, I now may have completely dicked over Bickel by trading Tiki for Laurence Maroney in our fantasy league. Take that, Bickel
Also, on a somewhat off-topic note of importance. For those of you who don't get the YES network, or for those of you who weren't watching "Giants on Deck" today at 9:40 AM (see: everyone) you missed out on one of the greatest games of H-O-R-S-E of all-time. Why was this the greatest HORSE game of all-time you ask? Because it featured Plaxico Burress squaring off against a random 10-year-old white kid. That's right, the people at "Giants on Deck" were nice enough to set this game up, and Burress failed to disappoint. Not only did Plaxico show up to this elementary schooler's gym in full ghetto gear (see: do-rag, diamond stud earrings), but he pulled absolutely no punches during the game. Plaxico asked the 10 year-old with a straight face if he was allowed to dunk, the adolescent did not oblige. Plaxico then went on to execute a number of long-range shots, and shots that featured him shooting with his back to the basket. If only Plaxico were this competitive for sixty minutes at a time.