The Giants may have lost a big game to one of their conference rivals on Sunday, but one little boy got an honor that was as good as a Super Bowl trophy.
Jack Pinto was a huge fan of New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz. So much so that his parents are thinking of having his little body buried in a Cruz jersey. You see, Jack was a victim in the ghastly massacre at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday. This did not go unnoticed by Cruz. Sunday in Atlanta, the team wore hand-written decals on the backs of their helmets: SEHS, for Sandy Hook Elementary School, the sight of the massacre.
But Cruz, upon hearing of his young fan, wrote “Jack Pinto” on his cleats and gloves, and he Tweeted before today’s game, “My sincerest condolences to the entire Pinto family. My prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.” He subsequently gave the game-worn paraphernalia to the Pinto family.
In an era when we hear of so many senseless shootings at educational institutions (Columbine, Arkansas, Va. Tech, Newton) and other random acts of senselessness (trampled bodies at Wal-Mart over a 300-dollar TV), or random mall shootings (Portland), movie shootings (Colorado) or general purpose shootings (Luby’s in Kileen, TX, random workplaces), it’s good to be able to report on an NFL star going out of his way to, if not make sense of it all, afford a little comfort in a time of unspeakable sorrow.
The Giants, meanwhile, were shut out for the first time since 1996 by the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta didn’t just shut the G-Men out, they delivered a stinging blow, winning 34-0.
Manning was 12/25 for 161 yards and no TDs. He did have two INTs though, and the Giants, try as they might, could not convert a fourth down. They went for three of those.
The Giants’ loss, coupled with wins by Washington and Dallas, have locked the NFC East up like Elvis’s colon. Three teams now sit at 8-6.
What a ride for those of us who want to shut the real world off, if only through the holidays.