Mis-measured scoreboard aside, the new Cowboys Stadium looks pretty sweet. What better way to open up the new stadium than a battle against the division rival New York Football Giants.
Check out this great article on the new Cowboys Stadium. 20,000 standing room only tickets sold out. Maybe over 100,000 witnessing the 1st regular season game at the new Cowboys Stadium. Giants-Cowboys * Eli Manning-Tony Romo * Undefeated teams duking it out for bragging rights. You gotta love NFL rivalry football…
It’s a match made in heaven. Quarterback Eli Manning signed a new 6-year extension with the Giants which will pay him an average salary of $15.3 million over the next 6 years. The 6-year deal is worth $97 million, including an estimated $35 million in guaranteed money. After dealing with all the turmoil surrounding former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress’ indictments and current Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce’s involvement with Burress’ gun possession charges, the Giants welcomed a positive announcement about the team’s future.
The deal with make Manning the highest paid player in the NFL (Manning’s older brother Peyton makes an average salary of $14.17 million). Manning was in the last year of the deal he signed as a rookie back in 2004 – he would have made $9.4 million this year. Manning indicated that he wanted to remain a Giant forever, and the 2 sides have been negotiating the contract for months now. Manning led the Giants to the upset Super Bowl over the undefeated New England Patriots in 2008 – he was named the Super Bowl MVP that year. Manning made his first Pro Bowl in 2009, throwing for 3,238 yards, 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions (10 less interceptions than he threw in 2008). Manning has started 71 consecutive games as the Giants quarterback, which put him among the top 3 active quarterbacks at the end of last season. Manning also became the 1st Giants quarterback to throw for at least 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in 4 straight NFL seasons.
The stats don’t lie. Manning has lived up to the high expectations when the Giants swapped Phillip Rivers for Manning back in 2004. Manning has shone under the bright lights of Broadway and delivered a Super Bowl Championship for the New York Giants franchise. Manning works hard, stays out of trouble and delivers on the field both physically and as a team leader. The bold move paid off for the Giants brass, and it was smart for both sides to get a deal done before the season started to avoid any distractions. Is it too good to be true? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…