In April, shortly after signing a five-year, $50 million deal with the Cowboys, cornerback Brandon Carr wasted little time immersing himself in the rivalry with the Giants when he announced that there wouldn't be any Victor Cruz touchdown-celebrating salsa dancing on his watch.
Five months later and Carr says guys are "fed up" with what the Giants have accomplished in their two Super Bowl runs going back to 2007.
"[The Giants] have had great success, winning two Super Bowls in five years, and I think guys are kind of getting tired of seeing that,” he said according to the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch. "Now it's to the point guys are getting fed up. It's pretty much the attitude, ‘When is it going to be our time?'"
This sounds a lot like what Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the week before the last Giants championship.
“I thought (Tony) Romo was competing at a level that would've given us that opportunity, but the rest of us need to play better and get better before we can really jell the way the Giants are,” Jones said in January.
Jones, who opened Cowboys training camp in late July by telling the partisan crowd "Y'all should come to that (Cowboys) stadium and watch us beat the Giants' ass," was less ebullient in his remarks Sunday.
“It's a great opportunity for us,” he said. “Everybody here has all the appreciation in the world for the quality of that [Giants] franchise. To have success up there this week would be very meaningful. It's going to be a highly visible game against the world champions.”
Maybe the toned-down rhetoric had something to do with this recent observation by New York linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka: "[T]he Giants have been whooping his ass for a long time." (Or maybe Jones was just saving his voice before heading back to the studio.)
The Cowboys will get their chance to right past wrongs Wednesday night, and Carr is excited to be a part of it.
“I can feel the anticipation,” he said. “I've been hearing about [the Giants] for a long time now, and we're all just ready to go out there and play them. We love getting the first crack at the defending Super Bowl champions.”
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