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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Justin Tuck #91  of the New York Giants against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Justin Tuck


Justin Tuck Is Still Grumpy About That Final Play

Days after the Giants' 41-34 victory over the Buccaneers, some Giants are still hung up on a perceived cheap shot at the end of Sunday's game. Up seven and with the final seconds ticking off the game clock, New York called for Eli Manning to take a knee and let time expire. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano, however, wasn't in favor of that plan, sending his defense in for an awkward last-ditch rush that surprised and upended the New York offensive line and, by proxy, Eli Manning. Tom Coughlin expressed his displeasure afterward, Manning mumbled something about a "cheap shot," and most of the team more or less moved on.

That excludes, of course, a whole lot of internet and radio folk who are still busy bloviating about one side or the other, and it also excludes Justin Tuck, who hopped on his soapbox yesterday (and expressed some thoughts before crushing said soapbox):

"I am trying to be politically (correct)," Tuck said Tuesday. "I thought it was a classless play. That is how you get guys hurt. I have been in this league for eight years and that is the first time that I've ever seen that. There have been guys that's been in here a lot longer than I have and that is the first time they have seen it."

"And that is not me being biased because it is my teammates," Tuck later added. "If (Giants defensive coordinator) Perry Fewell told me to dive at a guy's knee, when we were losing, I would say no. And that is just a man on man talking."

Personally, I'm too fascinated by the transcription discrepancy between the ESPN story and the one in the Post — did Tuck say "political," or did he just dangle an adverb out there by itself? — to care very much about this. Tuck makes a good argument, and so do those who point out that the Bucs were only down seven and technically still had a slim chance of winning the game. It could go either way. Best not to dwell, especially since there's a game tomorrow against Carolina — one in which the Giants will be without both Domenik Hixon and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images