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02 February 2008

Prediction: Jints 27 Pats 24

I'm figuring on it being pretty much the same type of game as the Green Bay game, but figure each team will score one more touchdown due to favorable weather conditions. Of course every expert in the world of football is picking New England (as described in this excellent Bloomberg roundup), which explains the bloated 12-point spread.

The nickname 'Jints' is an old NY tabloid shorthand that goes back decades to when the baseball Giants played in the Polo Grounds. I suppose it's handy for headlines since it has one less letter and 'J' is thinner than 'G'. It was intended to mimic how New Yorkers pronounce 'Giants', which is as a one syllable word rather than two. So instead of "Jie-Ants" it's pronounced "Jints" - with a long i, not a short one. It's not meant to rhyme with "mints", but with "pints". But I think that's been lost to history, and most people now think of it with a short 'i' - which really doesn't matter since no one actually says "Jints", they just write it. Whatever - Go Jints!!!

(Of course since this is the world of blogging, if NY loses I can just change my post to reflect how it actually came out - you can't prove otherwise. By the way, Steve Sailer has also predicted a Giants win, by a score of 14 - 1, which is absurd since it's unlikely that if the Giants only score twice both will be TD's.)

6 Comments:

Anonymous erob said...

31-28 pats

February 03, 2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Got any money on it (it kills me to leave those 12 pts on the table, but I wouldn't know how to even go about placing a bet)?

February 03, 2008 12:32 PM  
Anonymous i said...

Great pick, Ziel. Do they have sports betting in Atlantic City? If so, you should go down there and try it.

February 03, 2008 10:22 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Yeah, not bad, but I don't really have a very good track record picking football - got lucky this time.

February 04, 2008 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone pondered the possibility that in the second half of the season, New England was struggling to win games instead of blowing out their opponents becuase they no longer had their opponents signals.


Just sayin'.



BTW.........Tom Brady was obviously not moving around very well in the pocket. The ankle was effecting him.



One more observation. The Giants literally have four "winning" defensive lineman. Every man, Tuck and Strahan and the guy with the foreign name especially....................usually beat their opponent at the line of scrimmage. They get back to the quarterback down after down.
A "steel curtain" again.......The Giants defense was the MVP in my opinion.

February 04, 2008 8:54 PM  
Anonymous james Francis (the other one) said...

The Jints had the Pats signal(s) this time around. Tommy did struggle in the 2nd half of the season, and in the bowl. Time for the pat's offensive line to get back to basics, like blocking the d. No QB can throw well under all that pressure.

February 04, 2008 9:37 PM  

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