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Tom Coughlin: Plaxico Burress shooting prevented third Giants Super Bowl

Plaxico Burress mug shotTom Coughlin has won two Super Bowls as head coach of the New York Giants, but he believes that number could have been three.

During an interview with YES Network’s “CenterStage,” Coughlin said he believes the Giants would have won the Super Bowl in 2008 if not for Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg.

“We were the best team in the NFL at the time of the shooting,” Coughlin said, per The Star-Ledger.

The Giants were 9-1 at the time Burress shot himself in the leg inside a New York nightclub while carrying a gun illegally. They won two more games in a row to go 11-1 before fizzling out. They lost three of their next four to finish 12-4 in the regular season, and they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Though the Giants beefed up their record against some bad teams like the Rams, Bengals, and Seahawks, they beat both the Steelers and Cardinals, who wound up playing in the Super Bowl. We’ll never know what would have happened, but you could definitely argue that the Giants were in a position to compete for the Super Bowl until Burress shot himself. Not only did that cost them their best wide receiver, but it also was a big distraction.

Burress ended up going to jail and did not play another game with the Giants.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Plaxico Burress’ home ordered to be sold in auction

Plaxico-Burress-SteelersPlaxico Burress has been ordered by a court to sell one of his homes via auction in order to pay the liens against the property that were the result of a judgment stemming from a 2008 car collision, USA Today reports.

Burress reportedly owes $159,000 to a woman whom he rear-ended in a car collision in 2008 when he was still playing for the New York Giants. A judgment was awarded in January to the woman who sued him. So far, Burress has refused to pay up.

Last week, it was reported that the wide receiver’s driver’s license was suspended because of his refusal to pay the judgment, so the court has moved to force the sale of his home.

Court documents reportedly state that the Virginia Beach home is valued at $460,000. According to USA Today, the property will be sold no more than a week after the fifth advertisement of the sale of the home in a newspaper.

This story should not come as a surprise; Burress’ flakiness with such matters was well documented several years ago.

Plaxico Burress reportedly has his driver’s license suspended

Plaxico-Burress-SteelersPlaxico Burress will be returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers next season after appearing in four games with them last year, but he may have to hitch a ride or take a bicycle to training camp. According to TMZ, the 35-year-old receiver recently had his driver’s license suspended.

The suspension reportedly stems from an incident where Burress refused to pay a six-figure judgment to a car crash victim. Last year, Plax was ordered to pay $125,000 to a woman named Alise Smith who claimed he caused a car accident that injured her back in 2008. Smith said that Burress rear-ended her Mercedes-Benz and sued him for medical bills, lost wages and damages. The jury ruled in her favor in January, but Burress hasn’t budged.

Smith’s lawyer James Dunn reportedly sent a letter to the Florida DMV requesting that his license be suspended since he has not paid the settlement. The DMV fulfilled the request, meaning Burress either has to pay the money or challenge the DMV’s decision.

Burress has always been a target of criticism, mostly because he shot himself in the leg with a gun and got into legal trouble for it. He’s been mocked for that incident on several occasions (see: Stevie Johnson’s endzone celebration), so you can only imagine what the tabloids and his opponents might say about this one. I guess that’s just Plax being Plax.

Plaxico Burress of all people is hosting a Super Bowl party

plaxico burress super bowl party

The Super Bowl is about the parties almost as much as the focus on the game. Not only is there a week of fiestas leading up to the big game, but people often get together for viewing parties to watch the game. Even Plaxico Burress is getting in on the fun.

According to the photo seen above that was tweeted by Darren Rovell, Burress will be hosting a party in N. Miami Beach on Sunday. There’s no way that ends well, right?

Burress infamously shot himself in the leg inside a club in New York in 2008. The incident led to him being suspended by the New York Giants for the remainder of the season. He was charged for carrying a gun without a license and spent nearly two years in prison.

We hope the lounge with whom he has partnered for the party is not counting on him to sponsor it; Burress has a history of bouncing checks. Mix in that drinks will be two-for-one all night and that pitchers of beer can be bought for $6, and you’re looking at a potential recipe for disaster.

Plaxico Burress downplays the passing ability of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow

After taking two years off from football, Plaxico Burress was able to convince the Jets to give him a shot last season. Overall, you could argue that it paid off. Burress caught 45 passes for 612 yards and was a strong red zone threat with eight touchdown receptions. Despite his moderate success, it doesn’t sound like Plaxico enjoyed himself all that much in New York.

When asked if he believes Sanchez is a Super Bowl caliber quarterback during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” Burress hardly had anything overly positive to say about his former teammate.

“They just paid him so I think they believe he is,” he said according to the NY Post.

When pressed further, Burress said he thought the Jets defense is good enough to get them to a Super Bowl but would not say that Sanchez is. While he also said the addition of Tim Tebow should help because Tebow is a competitor who will push Sanchez to improve, Plax indicated that the Jets have created a boring environment for receivers.

“As a starting wide receiver in the NFL, you walk out there on Sunday and line up,” he said. “It’s not Peyton Manning back there.”

Burress isn’t the only one who feels that way, and many believe Santonio Holmes is a ticking time bomb in New York because of the lack of fire power the Jets have in the passing game. Hopefully Joe Namaith’s new opinion of Sanchez is accurate. Otherwise, it could be another long season offensively for the Jets.

H/T Pro Football Talk
Photo credit: The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Stevie Johnson Mocks Plaxico Burress by Pretending to Shoot Himself (Picture)

Just before the two minute warning in the first half of their game with the Jets, Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson scored on a short five-yard slant. It was particularly impressive since he was covered by Jets’ star cornerback Darrelle Revis. After the score, Johnson decided to celebrate with a little dance and pretended his hands were guns. Then, he pretended to shoot himself in the thigh — a shameless mocking of Plaxico Burress’ self-inflicted gunshot wound.  You can see a video of the play over at NFL.com, but here is a screenshot from the celebration:

Getting creative with touchdown celebrations like this one earlier in the season, but Johnson took it a little too far on Sunday.  It would be tough for the NFL to fine Johnson for something like that given all the celebrations we’ve seen over the years, but I’ve seen Roger Goodell issue fines for much less.

Plaxico Burress Can’t Picture Himself Pulling the Trigger and Shooting Someone

Plaxico Burress spent 20 months in prison after infamously shooting himself in the leg at a club in 2008. He was released in June, eventually signed with the Jets, and he enjoyed his finest game of the season Sunday — a three touchdown performance to beat the Chargers.

Even though Plaxico carried a gun into a Manhattan nightclub and shot himself, the wide receiver says he can’t picture himself ever actually using a gun to shoot someone.

“When I look back at it, I say if I was to get into a situation where I had to use my firearm, would I actually pull it and use it — return fire, or shoot? Just the thought of that just gives you goosebumps to think about it,” the Jets wide receiver said Monday at an anti-gun gathering in New York. “It was a false sense of security, because I can’t picture myself actually pulling the trigger and shooting somebody.”

It’s an interesting comment from Burress, and something you can view it in a few different ways. One, he could be saying the right thing for the purpose of manipulating public perception. Two, he could really mean that, in which case he might not be a bad person, but rather someone who did something extremely dumb.

Even though he’s been known to say some wild things, I’m sure he’d like us all to believe it’s the latter.