Ol’ Never Miss
Ode to Eli Manning and the Giants of the Universe
By "Bull" Allen
Confetti burst from stands after desperate hands of the lame Gronkowski
Fell short of tumbling pigskin batted to turf by the Giant end zone Posse.
Manning the younger took his place with Giant leaders of yore,
With Danowski, Calligaro, Conerly, Tittle, and Sims who came before.
Shock of “aw shucks” hair, cool eyes of a Starr, a Luckman, a Baugh,
Eli the younger of the throwing Mannings, Archie and Peyton exceeded their awe.
Engineer of the Impossible Drive of Giants 08, authored another drive to remember
To his quiet legend of never missing when the game is running out
Six Times before he had brought victory against odds.
Six times the Captain of Fate had defied logic and expert prods.
In a game seemed destined to fall into the evil Patriot lands
New England with genius coach driving for clinch, Las Vegas clapping hands .
Denied by officials reluctant to throw interference flags killing 3 Big Blue drives--
Brady given a touchdown when officials overlooked a blatant holding;
Outplayed by Glamour Boy Brady in the third stanza with Big Blue out of extra lives,
A two-hand drop by Patriot Welker on way to the TD clincher with 5 to play
Gave Ol’ Never Miss another impossible chance to save the day.
With Patriots coming on all sides on his favorite down Old Eli Eye Shifty
Spied fleet Wolverine, fearless, peerless,
Marvelous Manningham double-covered down sideline on the fly
From his 12, Pats coming in, Eli launched a Louisiana floating spiral to the 50,
Mario, 2 Patriots in panic on his back, pulled her in--dragin’ two shoes in play by a sigh.
Burly Patriot scoundrel-- mastermind of tainted Super Bowl crowns dirty,
Challenged the valiant Manningham play. Mario had turned things topsy turvy.
In disarray, Pats watched Burly Bradshaw (Jim Brown for a night) rumble to the 11.
Two throws to Manningham of 16 and 2; A Manning strike to Nicks
For 14 to the 18--down to the 7 on Bradshaw cruise rode the 11 in white.
With Eli bleeding clock, Pats had run out of Belichick tricks.
When once victory seemed certain, anxiety froze Pats' faces in fright.
Bruising Bradshaw powered untouched to TD triggering Thunder.
Darling of sportswriters and broadcasters, the annointed Brady
“Greatest QB of all Time” made his final play.
Vaunted rush by Pierre-Paul and terrible Tuck defense swarming dread
Found reliable Branch dropping one. Another wing flew through desperate Hernandez hands and the Patriots was dead.
One last Brady prayer floated to the white gang in the Giant end zone,
New England hopes fell with the ball to turf and Brady was, forgotten alone a loser.
Ol’ Never Miss the sharp-shoota delivered one pass for forever, the winning drive
Inspiring teammates to make the impossible plays to keep the game alive.
Manning is the greatest Giant quarterback of them all.
A great person. A quiet "I'll do it," Guy who does the toughest job of them all..
Not colorful. Not funny. Not snappy with a phrase. He just makes da Plays.
Throws strikes through defenders to receivers who give themselves up.
He's the leader that inspires defense and offense. Never shows up a teammate
Never whines. Throwback to the no facemask days of
Bobby Lane, Otto Graham. Unitas. He stands tall today
He’s the gracious quarterback the press hated, who plays for the brilliant Coughlin,
The Coach the press did not want. He is grace, good manners, and Captain of Fate
Giant fans will remember Coughlin years and the fastest gun in NFL-in.
They'll call him Ol’ Never Miss, the Giant Greatest of the Great