The Giants spent most of last week getting revved up about playing the Eagles, their division rival, the team they love to hate, the team they face twice a year in games that Andy Reid called “blood baths.” It was serious stuff with a serious history. And while he wasn’t here for any of the past games, center David Baas said he was able to keep up with the intensity.
“I haven’t been here that long, but I understand it,” he said on Friday. “All you have to do is look at the faces of all of the other guys, you’ll understand it.”
This week, the Giants play the Cardinals. No big rivalry there. Except for Baas, who spent the first six years of his career with the 49ers on a team where there apparently was no bigger rallying cry than “It’s Cardinals Week!”
“Out there in the west, we didn’t like Arizona too much,” he said last week. “I’m kind of glad we get to see them for my own personal deal, but that’s how it is. Certain guys in certain divisions don’t like each other.”
And for Baas, the dislike of the Cardinals has not dissipated.
“I was there for six years playing against those guys,” he said today. “That’s never going to go away.”
Baas said he has been spending some time with his new Giants teammates going over Cardinals personnel as much as he can. “Dockett is still there and Campbell is still there,” he said. “I still know how they play and what they do. I’ll try to share that with the other guys.”
Anything to stick it to his rival.
“Oh yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to playing them,” he said. “I know everybody else is, but I might have that little tick higher.”