I was so excited about this week’s game I’ve spent the week on Pacific Standard Time. Sure, it’s meant getting up at 3 a.m. each day and it was a little awkward making the kids stand outside for their school bus at 5 a.m., but I think it was worth it to get in the right frame of mind for this game against the 49ers.
As for the Giants, they’ve been living obliviously in Eastern Standard Time. Clearly I am more ready for this game than they are. They are leaving tomorrow afternoon for California and a game that could likely play a large role not only in who gets into the playoffs but where and when they play in the playoffs.
That said, there are a lot of keys to this game. You’ve read all week about Frank Gore and the 49ers’ run defense and other primary concerns that the Giants will face out on the West Coast. But that list goes very deep, beyond the 3, 5, or 10 that other sites may list. There may even be as many as 49 of them. And here, we go deep down that list all the way to the bottom and focus on the Bottom Five Things to Look For in each game.
Here’s this week’s list:
5. Tom Coughlin is inconsolable and Pat Hanlon has to drag him out of the locker room to take the field for the game after he is told that he has been selected as the coach players would least like to play for in a Sporting News poll. “I can’t go out there, they all hate me,” Coughlin whimpers.
4. Spencer Paysinger has two sacks and a forced fumble when he slips away from the Giants’ hotel and suits up for Oregon in its game against Stanford just down the road from where the Giants are playing on Saturday night. He misses curfew, though, and is benched for the game against the 49ers.
3. Since everyone has written the “Kevin Who?” story regarding Jake Ballard, the Giants do not recognize Bay Area resident Kevin Boss when he meets with the team on Saturday evening. Boss tries to shake their memory, but the Giants keep shaking their head. Kevin Who?
2. David Carr shows the 49ers exactly what they missed out on by standing on the sideline at a Pro Bowl level.
1. After the win, Coughlin and Jim Harbaugh meet at midfield for the traditional hand shake, slap on the back, ruffling of the loser’s his hair, chest-bumps, and noogies.