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Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Sunday, January 20th, 10:00 PM. The Giants just beat the Packers in overtime on an improbable 47 yard field goal in subzero temperature set up by a Brett Favre interception. Eli Manning stepped to the podium for his post-game press conference. He couldn't help but smile.
Michael Brick of the New York times asked the first question. "Eli, what was the key to your success tonight?"
"Well, I'll tell ya," Eli smirked while speaking with the slightest hint of a southern drawl, "I was in a good mindset. I was a bit nervous, a bit jacked up, and my adrenaline was pumping. There was just the right amount of urgency in my attitude to keep me performing at an elite level."
"Was there anything that could have derailed you?" Brick followed up.
"Only one thing really." Eli continued. "If I was able to watch Seinfeld yesterday I would have been too relaxed. That show is just too funny. I would have came out tonight too loose, unable to concentrate, and chuckling to myself all the time. My mind wouldn't have been on playing football. It's a good thing Seinfeld wasn't on TV locally yesterday or this game would have ended a lot differently."

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