Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 12/29/11

Jim Mancari BGB Assistant Editor
We all know the story about Curt Schilling’s bloody sock.

Schilling took the mound with an injured ankle in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS for the Boston Red Sox against the hated New York Yankees. The Yanks had held a 3-0 series lead, but the Red Sox battled back to make the series 3-2.

The famous “bloody sock” was the remnant of seven strong innings from Schilling and a 4-2 Red Sox win.

Fittingly, the Red Sox won Game 7 and eventually beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

One of Schilling’s bloody socks is now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown

So you might be thinking, what relevance does the bloody sock have to the New York Football Giants? It’s not even the same sport.

Well, in the battle for the NFC East, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will be playing with a bruised hand that he suffered in last week’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wednesday in practice, Romo did not wear any protective brace on his hand, since X-rays came back negative. However, his throws reportedly had very little zip on them. But Thursday, he practiced with a hand wrap and was said to be throwing the ball well.

Sunday night’s game will determine the NFC East champion and the destination of a home playoff game. To say it’s a big game would be a complete understatement.

Now back to the bloody sock. This is a similar stage that Schilling was in back in 2004: on the road, in New York, facing possible elimination and playing injured.

Sports are uncanny, aren’t they?

However, this time around, I hope that we don’t wind up seeing any hand brace or glove or anything that Romo wears on Sunday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton.

In fact, a best-case scenario would be for the Giants defensive front, led by Pro Bowler Jason Pierre-Paul, to knock Romo around early and often. It’s unlikely that Romo will come out of the game due to its importance, but his effectiveness will certainly be compromised.

Seven years later, the bloody sock still lives in infamy. Let’s hope “Romo’s brusied hand” is forgotten after one week.

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