Messi played for Newells in his home town of Rosario as from corse178's blog

Every championship season has a turning point. . For the 1986 New York Giants it happened in Minnesota. It happened when a quarterback found his confidence. It happened when a crack-addicted wide receiver made a catch and converted a late-game fourth down and forever. From his new book, Big Blue Wrecking Crew: Smashmouth Football, A Little Bit of Crazy, and the 86 Super Bowl Champs, Jerry Barca tells the story of the men of this moment.On an autumn Sunday night in northern New Jersey, Phil Simms sat at his kitchen table and didnt say anything. His wife had made a big meal. She always cooked after games. The Giants had beaten the Cowboys 17-14 that day, but the couple sat in silence.The Dallas game was as bad as it ever got. We won the game, but, my God. I was shot. Just shot. I couldnt concentrate on the plays because I couldnt trust the players. I didnt trust the receivers.Simms had posted a 22.2 quarterback rating. It was -- and always would be -- the worst rating in his 164-game career.The Giants beat the Eagles 17-14 in Philadelphia the next week. Simms didnt fare much better than the week before. Receivers dropped fives of his passes. He threw two interceptions and posted a 29.6 passer rating, completing 8 of 18 attempts for 130 yards.Even though we won and were 8-2, I couldnt have cared less. It felt like we were 2-8.Giants head coach Bill Parcells could see Simmss confidence was shaken. Parcells called the quarterback into his office. Youve got your team in first place, he said. I just want you to go out there and be aggressive. Take chances, and lets try to win this thing.Late in the day, when only a few people were still at the Giants facility, Bill Belichick, the teams defensive coordinator, went out of his way to stop Simms in the hallway outside the locker room. Belichick told Simms he saw the quarterback putting work in every day. Youre a really good player. I have great faith in you. Just do your job.The Giants headed to Minnesota to play a 6-4 Vikings team that was eyeing a playoff berth.From the Giants first possession of the game, Simms looked different. He moved with fluidity in the pocket. Stepping up in the face of pressure, he took hits and delivered passes. He completed 11 of 15 throws in the first half for 173 yards. He even rushed for 16 yards on two carries.Up 9-6 with 55 seconds left in the half and the ball at their own 22-yard line, the Giants and Simms stayed aggressive. Simms completed three straight passes and pushed the hurry-up offense, running up to the Vikings 37-yard line. Same play! Same play! he yelled amid the din of the Metrodome.Left tackle Brad Benson took this to mean the ball would be snapped on the second sound, just as it had been on the play before. As Simms came to the line of scrimmage, he yelled, Same play! again and Benson moved, drawing a false start penalty.When the refs marched off the penalty, Parcells started screaming at Benson, F--- you. And Benson gave it back to him. The penalty forced kicker Raul Allegre into a 60-yard field goal attempt, which he missed as time ran out in the half.Parcells and Benson had to be separated at halftime. Benson stood in the showers, away from the head coach and out of the offensive meeting.Down 20-19 with 1:12 to play, Simms took a sack on third down and eight. The Giants called timeout to discuss their options on 4th and 17 from their own 48-yard line. They picked: Half Right W-Motion 74 X In.I was just supposed to run like a clear out, said wide receiver Bobby Johnson. I actually wasnt in the play.As the offense broke the huddle, Simms told Johnson to be alert. He might have to throw to him late.The crowd noise forced Simms under center. Simms dropped back. He looked left. Nothing. He scanned the middle of the field. Nothing. The Vikings rushed three, running a stunt with nose tackle Mike Stensrud looping outside on a bull-rush. Stensrud hit Simms just as the quarterback released the ball to the right.The ball spiraled toward the sideline. Twenty-two yards down field, Johnson had found an open spot and made the catch at the Vikings 30-yard line.The Metrodome fell quiet. Johnson didnt offer any big celebration. He clapped his hands together as he jogged back to the huddle.By now, Johnson, a third-year undrafted free agent out of Kansas, had become a full-fledged crack addict.Sometime early in the offseason, Johnson had a teammate and couple of women to his apartment in Hackensack, N.J. One of the women brought some cocaine.She combined it with water and baking soda and boiled the mixture in a spoon. Rocks emerged. She had made crack cocaine. You have to try this, she said, looking at Johnson. She lit the pipe, and Johnson took a hit.It was just overwhelmingly good, he said.He thought he was mentally strong enough. He thought hed do this a couple of times and be done with it. But it dont work like that.By the time the season started, it had gotten to the point where crack was the first thing he needed after practice and the last thing he needed to do before he went to sleep.A few plays after Johnsons fourth-down catch, Allegre hit a 33-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play. The Giants won 22-20.We wouldnt say it aloud. We wouldnt say it in public, but it was almost like divine intervention from that point on. We knew that we were destined to win, said defensive end George Martin.After the game, in a whooping and cheering locker room, Parcells touted his quarterback to the media. He even kissed Simms on the cheek.It was like the only endorsement he gave me in his whole career. He never did that, Simms said.Simms finished the day with 310 yards passing, connecting on 25 of 38 attempts. He threw two interceptions in the game, but he didnt let the miscues dull his confidence. Lets go out there and fight them again. It was a very physical game. I took some hellacious hits in the game, and its just the way I wanted to play. Thats who I wanted to be every week.Later that season, Simms completed 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl XXI. He won the games MVP and he still holds the Super Bowl record for completion percentage, but the game at Minnesota ranks higher for him.Its my favorite game in my career, not because of the fourth and 17, but because I played the way I really wanted to play.While boarding the plane from Minnesota back to New Jersey, Brad Benson and Parcells exchanged glares. Benson sat in the back, drinking a beer with Simms. A trainer interrupted them to let Benson know Parcells wanted to see him. Simms offered Benson some luck as the left tackle walked up to the front.Parcells greeted Benson with, Sit down. Want a drink?No. Im all right, said Benson, thinking he didnt want to stay that long.Listen, I was a little rough today. Im willing to say Im sorry, Parcells said.Well, Im sorry, too.You know youre one of my guys. Youre one of my lunch pail guys.They spoke for 10 minutes. Benson did take a seat. He felt like it was a great pep talk from his coach.Were okay, right? Parcells asked, closing up the chat.Were okay.Benson stood up to leave. Parcells took his hand. Oh, one more thing. You ever jump offsides like that in a crucial situation, Ill cut your ass.As time ran out in the Giants 39-20 Super Bowl XXI win over the Denver Broncos, Bobby Johnson cried. He knew his time was up with the Giants. No one had said anything to him, but they didnt need to. He knew his drug-fueled behavior would no longer be tolerated. Johnson never played another down in the NFL.After football ended, his drug use worsened. He became homeless. He slept on park benches. In June 1994, the man who caught the most important pass in the Giants 1986 season lost three fingers on his right hand in a work accident at a pencil factory. A couple of years after that, he walked into his mothers home in Smyrna, Tennessee. Son, you look terrible. You look terrible, she said, and she started crying.Johnson never went to rehab, but he ended his drug use after that visit. He has been sober since. He doesnt look back at his time in the NFL with any bitterness. He loves the Giants and Parcells. He calls it a happy ending because Im alive. .Y. -- Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have another World Cup gold medal after winning the two-women bobsled race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N. . -- Cam Newton pranced into the end zone, placed his hands over his chest and did his familiar Superman pose. . Durant finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jackson matched his career high with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Lamb scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, lifting the Thunder to a 94-88 win over San Antonio and snapping the Spurs 11-game winning streak.BARCELONA, Spain - Moments after completing his deal to coach Barcelona for the next two seasons on Friday, Gerardo Martino assured fans that he had come to maintain the winning style established by successors Tito Vilanova and Pep Guardiola. Barcelona announced Tuesday that the Argentine coach would take over for Vilanova, who stepped down last week to proceed with a cancer treatment that was "incompatible" with his coaching duties. The 50-year-old Martino has never coached in Europe before, and after five trophy-laden seasons with coaches who had come up through the clubs youth programs, his signing represents a break from the line of selecting in-house managers. Martino said that he would tweak the team he has inherited, looking to improve on something that was already working well. "I will try to combine both things, keeping with the style of the club and the style the players are comfortable playing in, but logically while trying to add my own part to make a more complete team," Martino said. "There are excellent players here and if we can go back to the ideas of the great moments of Barcelona we will do well." Martino will travel later Friday to Oslo, where Barcelona is getting ready to play a friendly against Valerenga on Saturday. The Spanish league is set to begin on Aug. 17-18. He will have a tough act to follow. Vilanova led Barcelona to the Spanish league title last season and helped Guardiola guide it to an unprecedented 14 of a possible 19 titles as his assistant from 2008-12. In his favour, Martino will receive a star-studded squad with Lionel Messi, several Spanish internationals such as Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas, and the clubs latest major signing, Brazil striker Neymar. But his chances for success may largely depend on how well he can convince this diverse collection of players used to winning, and winning in the Barcelona way of attacking football, that he is the right man to carry the team through this unexpected ttransition. While Barcelona won its fourth Spanish league title in five years last season, it lost its place as Europes best team after Bayern Munich crushed it 7-0 over two legs of the Champions League semifinals. Martino thinks he can put Barcelona back on top. "Even for a club like Barcelona that has reached such a high level of excellence, it can also get better and needs to in order to sustain a high level of winning," Martino said. "Above all, we want to recover Barcelonas ability to pressure high up the pitch. We want a Barcelona comfortable in attack and defending far from its own area." While not going into many details about a group of players he has yet to meet, Martino said that he plans to keep using Messi as Barcelonas central forward, "where he has exploded in recent years." Martino considered it "normal" that he was relatively unknown in Europe. His greatest coaching achievements are leading Newells Old Boys to the Argentine league title last season and Paraguay to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2010. He has already received the backing of Messi. "He (is) a great coach and his record speaks for itself. He showed he could do things well both at Newells and with Paraguay," Messi said. "I am convinced he will do well at Barca." Messi played for Newells in his home town of Rosario as a young boy before his move to Spain to join Barcelonas "La Masia" training academy. The four-time world player of the year has been Martinos most vocal supporter so far, even though they dont know each other personally. Martino, who has the nickname "Tata," led Newells to its first league title in nine years last in June, achieving a remarkable turnaround for a side that had fought off relegation the season before. He coached Paraguay from 2007-11. As a player, Martino was a midfielder from 1980-1996, including a short spell in 1991 at Spanish club Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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