EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was clearly upset Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after he lost starting TE Jake Ballard to a waiver claim from the tight end-rich New England Patriots. “Discourage is a minor description,” he said. “Very disappointing.” Guess what? Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t care. “If a player’s on waivers, he’s on waivers,” Belichick said at his Wednesday press conference. “Ours or anybody else’s. I don’t know what ‘unwrittens’ you’re talking about. Look, anytime you put a player on waivers, you know there’s 31 teams that can take him. We all know that, there’s no secrets about that.” … The Giants waived Ballard after the ACL he tore in Super Bowl XLVI led to a failed physical Monday. Clearly the Giants intended to bring him back after he cleared waivers, but they never got the chance. Asked why the team didn’t just keep Ballard, who caught 38 balls for 604 yards and four TDs last year, on the 90-man roster, Coughlin barked, “Don’t ask me those questions. I don’t have the answers for you.” …Coughlin expected Ballard would be ready to go for him by [2013]. “I certainly thought so,” he said. “So did everybody — the whole building felt that way, everyone did.”

What’s the old Klingon proverb?¬† “Revenge is a dish best served cold”?¬† Someone might want to teach it to Tom Coughlin.¬† I mean, since when is it Bill Belichick’s job to save the Giants from their own stupidity?¬† They put a talented 24 year old player on waivers and expect the Patriots not to take him?¬† Why?¬† Because there’s an “unwritten rule”?¬† There’s a reason unwritten rules are unwritten.¬† Because they’re too goddamned stupid to write down.¬† The Giants have some balls asking the Pats not to improve themselves.¬† I mean, this is the NF-friggin-L.¬† If I accidentally dropped a guy from my Fantasy roster and asked the guys in my league not to pick him up they’d laugh in my face and tell me to go piss up a rope.¬† And they’re my best friends.¬† Maybe they don’t realize this in East Rutherford, but the Giants are the bane of the Pats existence these last four years.¬† To complete the Star Trek analogy, Coughlin is Belichick’s Kahn. Coughlin chased him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round Perdition’s flames.¬† And now that his team screwed up badly, he’s asking not to blast him out of the nebula.¬† Well Coughlin can stick it up his ass and look forward to defending a 3 tight end set of Gronk, Hernandez and Ballard the year after next.¬† Good luck with that.¬† Belichick’s done worse than kill you.¬† He hurt you.¬† @JerryThornton1