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The New York Giants are benching Eli Manning in favor of rookie Daniel Jones, meaning Manning's near 15-year run as the team's starting QB appears to be over.
Why it matters: Outside of a brief Geno Smith cameo in 2017, Manning is the only signal-caller the Giants and their fans have known since 2004 — the same year "Yeah" by Usher came out.
The backdrop: After former coach Ben McAdoo fumbled the team's first attempt at transition two years ago (Manning was benched for Smith then brought back the following week), it was crucial that the Giants get it right this time.
By the numbers:
What they're saying: On his show "The Herd," Colin Cowherd suggested that Eli would have been benched years ago if he played on the West Coast, rather than the East Coast.
"I'm from the West and I currently live in the West, but one of the things that always struck me [when I moved to the Northeast] — you would never have a Fenway Park out West. We would just blow it up and start over.
"The East is about 200-year-old churches and 100-year-old baseball stadiums and hierarchy and tradition. ... In the West, we don't romanticize yesterday. ... It doesn't matter what grandpa did or what your dad did.
"Out West, they would have benched Eli Manning seven years ago — maybe five. But out East, it was hard. The Mannings are American royalty, the Giants are a blue-blood franchise, and Eli ... He's 'us.' He's the old church. He's Fenway Park.
"It's just the way the East Coast is. The prep schools and the history and the family trees. It's all wonderful — and it's been holding the New York Giants back for half a decade. It's time."
P.S. ... Here's a fun fact: In 2004, Manning was picked No. 1 by the Chargers and Philip Rivers was picked No. 4 by the Giants … then they got swapped.
Go deeper: The great Daniel Jones experiment (The Ringer)
Napoli's goalkeeper Alex Meret celebrates the win. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
The 2019-20 Champions League group stage officially got underway yesterday with 8 matches across the great continent of Europe.
What's next: 8 more matches today!!! If you can only watch 3...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Emma Meesseman scored 27 points, Elena Delle Donne (above) added 24 and the top-seeded Washington Mystics squeaked by the Las Vegas Aces, 97-95, in Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinal series.
UNCASVILLE, CONN. — Alyssa Thomas (22 pts, 10 reb) and the second-seeded Connecticut Sun used a balanced attack to beat Candace Parker (24 pts, 10 reb) and the Los Angeles Sparks, 84-75, in Game 1.
SECAUCUS, N.J. — The New York Liberty won the draft lottery last night and will have the top pick in next year's WNBA draft. Their expected choice: Oregon's record-setting guard Sabrina Ionescu (above). Here's a mock draft.
In his first game at Fenway Park — the place his grandfather, Carl, called home for more than two decades — Giants OF Mike Yastrzemski hit a home run.
Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 8 straight Reds hitters last night, the longest single-game streak in franchise history. Unfortunately, the Cubs still lost the game (and their wild-card lead).
Twins 3B Miguel Sanó hit his 30th HR of the season last night (a 482-foot moonshot), making the Twins the first team in MLB history to have 5 players with 30+ HR.
Rookie Pete Alonso hit his league-leading 48th dinger in the Mets' 6-1 win over the Rockies last night in Denver.
Dennis Quaid and Jim Morris after "The Rookie" won the 2002 ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie. Photo: WireImage/Getty Images
20 years ago today, 35-year-old Jim Morris made his MLB debut for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, striking out Royce Clayton of the Texas Rangers on 4 pitches.
The backdrop: Morris had played minor league ball as a young man, but after getting cut in 1989, he retired to become a high school science teacher and baseball coach.
In 2002, Disney released a feature film about Morris' incredible climb to the big leagues, starring Dennis Quaid as "The Rookie."
Go deeper: "The Rookie" trailer (YouTube)
Answer at the bottom.
Here are some competitors carrying their bikes up a brutal hill during the 57th annual Yorkshire 3 Peaks Cyclocross Challenge — the biggest cyclocross event in the U.K.
Hey photographer, let's turn the camera away from our friends and point it down the hill. Anyone behind them?
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Early 2000s sports movies were the best" Baker
Trivia answer: Tom Brady (4 Super Bowl MVPs), Joe Montana (3), Bart Starr (2), Terry Bradshaw (2)