|Tuck on Dallas: 'I’ve been quoted many times saying I hate [them] and that’s still true. (Getty Images)|
By Ryan Wilson
It comes down to this, the Week 17 matchup between the Cowboys and the Giants with the winner heading to the playoffs as the NFC East champs and the loser getting a headstart on vacation.
The Giants beat the Jets Saturday in a matchup that was prefaced by a week's worth of gum-flapping, and despite head coach Tom Coughlin's proclamation that "talk is cheap," it hasn't let up ahead of the Cowboys game, either. Defensive end Justin Tuck got the ball rolling Monday, when he was asked why he hates Dallas so much.
“Just because I want to," Tuck said according to the New York Daily News' Gary Myers. "For me personally, I’ve been quoted many times saying I hate the Cowboys and that’s still true.”
We're guessing it has something to do with the division rivalry, not to mention Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware saying that Tuck is just jealous because he wants to play in Dallas. (Ware's remarks were in response to Tuck calling Cowboys Stadium a dump.)
"First of all, I don't know when I called Dallas Cowboys Stadium a dump," Tuck said earlier this month. "Obviously, they have a pretty nice stadium. And me wanting to be a Cowboy ... hmm. I don't wear Wranglers, Cowboy hats or boots or those buckle belts. I don't wear none of that. And I don't need a star on my helmet to tell me I'm pretty good at what I do."
But through his blinding hatred Tuck grudgingly respects the Cowboys.
“They seem to do it as close to the right way as we do with their owner and their past championships and past players,” he said. “The two teams are probably more similar than we like to give each other credit. That’s one of the reasons these games are so embraced. We have a lot of mutual respect.”
And on Sunday, both teams will meet in what amounts to a play-in game. Hopefully, Brandon Jacobs and Jason Garrett get along better than Jacobs and Rex Ryan did on Christmas Eve.
“I know our crowd is going to be fired up for this game,” Tuck said. “Playoff atmosphere, Sunday night, winner take all. I know."
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