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Monday and Tuesday may have been the most important days of Eli Manning’s four-year career with the New York Giants.

That’s because the usually reserved Manning finally stood up and took on the biggest star, and the biggest mouth, around the Giants for the last several seasons. He took on Tiki Barber.

All I can say is ‘hooray!’ During halftime of Sunday’s Giants-Ravens exhibition game, the retired Barber, working for NBC, took Manning to task. He said Manning was uncomfortable trying to motivate and questioned whether he could “be a leader of men.”

Giants fans have wondered the same thing, but they don’t have to wonder anymore. Manning blistered Barber, first commenting Monday during an interview with ESPN Radio 1050 in New York.

“I don’t always believe everything Tiki says. I feel very comfortable. And I saw the [halftime show] last night and it seemed very rehearsed, kind of like his pregame speeches in a way,” Manning said. “I feel confident in what I’m doing in getting the team ready. And if you ask any of the players around here who the leader is of this offense, they’re going to say me.”

He didn’t back off Tuesday. Here is more from Eli, courtesy of Mike Garafolo of the Star Ledger.

“I’m not going to lose any sleep (over) what Tiki has to say. I guess I could have questioned his leadership skills last year with calling out the coach and having articles about him retiring in the middle of the season and (how) he’s lost the heart. As a quarterback, you’re reading your running back has lost the heart to play the game and it’s about the 10th week. Well, I could see that a little bit at times. But I’m not going to get concerned and I’m going to go out there and play ball.

“It’s just one of those deals. The guy goes to the media and he’s got to say stuff. He’s been put in a situation where he’s got to talk. That’s just the way it is. That’s the world we live in and you have to deal with it.”

Garafolo’s thoughts on the comments?

Giants fans of America and around the world, take a moment to stand up on your office chair and yell at the top of your lungs, “It’s about time, baby!” This is the moment you have all been waiting for. Your quarterback does have a little bit of fire in his belly after all.

I couldn’t agree more. Barber is an ex-Giant who needs to let it go. He’s got an axe to grind, and it’s getting tiresome.

More importantly than that, though, is that Eli has finally stood up for himself and taken control of the football team.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Tom Coughlin was not bothered in the least by Manning’s combative comments.

“More power to him,” said the coach.

My sentiments exactly.

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