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Collapse? Giants trying not to think about it

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Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen, pictured as Lt. Frank Drebin in the 1998 movie "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" Nielsen, who traded in his dramatic persona for inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!"and the accident-prone detective in "The Naked Gun" comedies, died Nov. 28. He was 84. Newsday's obituary forLeslie Nielsen
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How are the Giants going to avoid a second-half slide this season? By ignoring it.

“You try not to think about it,” linebacker Michael Boley said today on a conference call when presented with the well-documented numbers of Giants success and failure in the first and second halves of their seven-plus seasons under Tom Coughlin. They are 47-17 in games one through eight, including 6-2 this season. They are 24-32 in games nine through 16.

Try not to think about it? That reminds me of Frank Drebin's answer in "The Naked Gun" when asked if he gets nervous that his gun might go off accidentally. "I used to have that problem," he said. What did he do about it? "I just think about baseball."

(Speaking of guns accidentally going off and other Super Bowl XLII parallels from yesterday, check this out if you didn't see it.)

And by the way, good luck with trying not to think about it because every third or fourth question for the rest of the year is pretty much going to be about erasing or repeating this team's second-half tendency. Even Boleu used the word "collapse" unprompted when answering the question today.

“The last couple of years, we’ve been known to collapse towards the end of the year,” Boley said. “For us, we try to focus on each game at a time and don’t try to look too far ahead.”

Following the game yesterday, the Giants were already fielding questions about their annual slide.

"Not this time," Osi Umenyiora said. "We’ve been through that too many times."

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