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Eli Manning Wants You to Have Fake NFL Memorabilia

Let's not pretend that this is a unique and horrifying story about one unethical athlete. I would be willing to bet you that Eli Manning is just the guy who got caught saying what he felt:

Eli Manning had a role in the New York Giants' scheme to sell fake game-used memorabilia, Kaja Whitehouse and Bruce Golding of the New York Post reported.

Per court documents, Manning sent an email to equipment manager Joe Skiba that read, "2 helmets that can pass as game used. That is it. Eli."

This came shortly after a request from marketing agent Alan Zucker for two game-used helmets and jerseys.

Manning, Skiba and the Giants were among those named in a lawsuit from three memorabilia collectors.

Another email exchange featured Skiba admitting to the plaintiff that Manning created the fake memorabilia because he "didnt want to give up the real stuff."

So much for the sanctity of the sport and the love that an organization has for its fans. Anything for a buck, right?

Do you know how much sports memorabilia I own?

None.

Why?

Because it's probably all fake, and always has been fake, so why throw away money on something that could be real or could be as phony as Eli's crocodile tears will be when he has to address this issue. I don't hound people for autographs and I don't care about selfies or anything like that. Do you know what's real?

Technically, everything.

But why throw away money on something? For the fun of it? Well, I guess it depends on how you define fun.

Oh, and why are most of Archie Manning's kids assholes? 

You Can't Hate Chris Christie Because He's a Cowboys Fan


Joan Walsh is a of a mind to spank Chris Christie for being an avowed Cowboys fan, and there's something weird about this that brings to mind the current state of NFL fandom.

NFL fans don't care about these three things--politics, concussions, or winning. They want to see their team and that's the tribe they identify with. If their team is losing, and is staffed with losers, they will rail about the owner or the coach but they'll still buy the gear and they'll still come back to the games. If the old timers come on and complain about being hit in the head twenty-six times in one week, they'll nod sagely and flip over to the other game and do nothing.

Nobody cares about politics so if Chris Christie is seen putting a body on Jerry Jones, so what? It's a free country. You can like whatever team you want.