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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

ROAD TO GLORY ENDS IN CRASH

HAVEN'T FELT LIKE THIS SINCE 4TH AND 26

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The sickness in my stomach, the taste in my mouth... it feels like it did when this photo was taken in Philadelphia in 2004.

Yeah, I was at the infamous 4th and 26 game. I can't figure out what feels worse. I won't dwell... just wanted to share this picture with all of you... taken by my buddy and photo journalist Mark Was. It sums up how many of us probably feel this morning.

I share only a few other observation from the game. Let's begin with the cold. It's embarrassing that it was our team frozen out at the frozen tundra. The Packers didn't perform, and I believe that has everything to do with the cold. They weren't physically and mentally tough enough to handle it and New York was.

I believe it's why Charles Woodson and Al Harris weren't as sharp. Brett Favre, not terrible, but sure didn't look good. I mean, there's Eli on his sideline... cold but dealing. Cut to Brett stuffing hand warmers in his face. It just didn't look right.

I mean, our women took their shirts off! Our ladies handled the elements better, it seemed, than many of our football men! (Photo by Tom Lynn, MJS)

Maybe it would have helped if we'd practiced outside... at all this week. Coach Mike elected to keep the fellas in doors throughout. Look... if we're going to a place where crowd noise is a problem... they pump crowd noise into the Hudson Center. They went to the trouble of freezing footballs in a cooler to give players the effect of handling the ball when it's that cold. Go the whole 9 yards, so to speak, and at least get the guys acclimated.

Props to a handful of guys who seemed really to show up. Donald Driver was the team's MVP yesterday. That guy was nails. He wanted it. A.J. Hawk, Brady Papinga, and Mark Tauscher.

I guess the right way to feel about this is if you promised me a 9-7 season last summer, I would have taken it. It was a great ride.

emails: vvitrano@todaysmtj4.com

 

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