By now most Giants fans have heard of Michael Strahan's controversial comments this week. The injured defensive lineman first went after receiver Plaxico Burress on WFAN for lackluster effort, and Wednesday he criticized ESPN reporter Kelly Naqi and accusing her of taking an overly negative slant on the team. Those comments were naturally replayed countless times by the sports network.

Part of this story is being blown out of proportion, just like nearly everything ESPN covers. Football only has games one day a week; newspapers, highlight shows and the rest of the media need something to talk about. But it's more than that. The Giants have lost three straight, and they haven't looked good doing it. The Times published a front page article about their negative body language. Tiki Barber's criticized the coaching staff. The Giants can still save their season, and maybe Strahan's comments are just those of a frustrated injured player and will help motivate the team.

That's the best-case scenario. Another has the Giants falling apart at the seams, turning from a team with Super Bowl aspirations to a squad wilting under the pressure of the New York media and a high-strung coach in Tom Coughlin. The team itself likely doesn't know how this will affect it on Sunday against the Cowboys, but, in today's NFL, the players would be well served to keep their mouths shut. If they talked after wins and not losses, they'd have a lot more credibility.

Photo of Plaxico Burress in the Giants locker room by AP/Mary Altaffer