They phone in to the ding-bat, radio, talk shows, weeping and wailing and gnashing their spoiled-brat teeth; carping and crying about how disappointed they are because the Giants went 9-7 and missed the playoffs. OMG! Let’s all sit in a dark room, eschewing food and water, on suicide watch. Are you guys insane or what!
From 1956 to 1963, the Giants went to six World Championship Games. Repeat! Six World Championship Games in eight years! And brat that I was, I was disappointed because they only won one; and I wailed and I wept and I gnashed my little brat teeth. Then came sixteen years of the worst football imaginable: no championships, no playoffs, a 72 to 41 beating by the Redskins in 1966, number one draft choices like, Ralph Rocky Thompson, and the endlessly feuding Maras; and that’s when I finally knew what real disappointment meant. Enter, George Young in 1979:
Since the George Young Era began, thirty-three years ago, the Giants have won more championship games — five — that any team, except the 49ers, under Hall of Fame Coach, Bill Walsh, who won five, and the Patriots, who have won seven.
Since the George Young Era began, the Giants have played in more Super Bowls – five, winning four — than any team except Walsh’s 49ers, who played in five and won five and the Patriots who played in seven, but won only three.
Since the George Young Era began, the Giants average a Super Bowl appearance about once every six years — and a Super Bowl win about once every eight years.
Since the George Young Era began, the Giants have won more Super Bowls — four — than any other NFL team, except, Bill Walsh’s 49ers — five.
And since the Tom Coughlin Era, of the George Young Era, began, in 2004, the Giants have won two of those Championship Games and two of those Super Bowls, with only one sub-500 season — averaging one Championship and one Super Bowl about once every four years.
Additionally, the team structure is in place for successful years to come: intelligent and football-smart ownership at the top, a great GM, providing a steady influx of talent, a great Head Coach and staff molding that talent to their potential; and one of the great “money” QBs of all time, even if his stats aren’t always gaudy. Which would you rather have, stats or Championships?
Hey, Giants’ fans; wise the ‘f’ up! These are some of the best years in Giants history. Stop carping and crying and enjoy them!
Note: The Packers, Broncos, Redskins, Raiders and Dolphins have all gone to five Championship Games, winning all five, and the Steelers have gone to seven, winning all seven. And respectively, they’ve all been to five and seven Super Bowls as well, without winning all five and seven. However, some of their Championship and/or Super Bowl appearances were prior to The George Young Era which began in 1979.