Time was, not too long ago in fact, that a Giants-Cowboys game would be preceded by back-and-forth trash talking. Whether it was Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs describing in detail the hatred they felt towards America's Team or Martellus Bennett wanting to kick their you-know-what or DeMarcus Ware returning fire, there was usually enough vitriol and fun to sustain more than a week's worth of run-up.
Playoff tickets for the next round left on the seats of players, signatures on the walls of new stadiums after big wins, even touchdown spikes that land dead center in the middle of those stars on the field. That was the backbone of the rivalry.
Now? Well, new Giants wide receiver and former Cowboy Dwayne Harris said he received a call from Dallas' backup running back Lance Dunbar proclaiming that he'll have more special-teams tackles than Harris in the game.
This is what it's come to. Special-teams tackles.
Harris' response to Dunbar's attack?
"He already knows who will win that battle."
Harris said he is looking forward to returning to Dallas, sidestepping any hint of bitterness he might feel toward the team he played for the past four seasons. He said Sunday will be "a fun environment," that it will be "different" standing on the other sideline, but that he's "looking forward" to seeing some of his old friends and teammates.
To be fair, the Giants have their own issues to worry about without poking the Cowboys. And they've lost four straight to their division rival.
But just to get nostalgic, one of the not-so-old-time Giants chimed in with a little reminder of the way things used to be.
"Cowboys will lose by 3 touchdowns on Sunday night," Osi Umenyiora proclaimed through his Twitter account. "Why? Because I said so."
He then added: "Overrated O line. Unstable at RB. Good WR. Erratic QB. Keep drinking the Kool aid. But the Cowboys can and will be beat."
Kind of makes you nostalgic, no?