My posts — “Hey, Giants Fans; Wise The ‘F’ Up!” “Hey, Giants’ Fans; Some Friggin’ Perspective, Huh!” And, “Giants Fans Are Suckers” — were all, admittedly, over-the-top responses to the hysterical, over-the-top reactions of Giants’ fans, bemoaning the Giants’ season. I tried to say there’s no reason to go off the deep end, and I did that by pointing to Giants’ playoff history and the excellence of their brain trust: John Mara, Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin.
I wasn’t telling anyone not be disappointed. I am, too. I wanted them to shut up the “fluke” critics — see my 2008 Giants Gab article, regarding our SB XLII win: “A Freakin’ Fluke, My Ass!” I root for the Giants every week. But some guy, commenting, said he has every right to be crazed because Coughlin is walking around crazed, too. Of course Coughlin is. He busted his ass all year long, so did his staff, so did his players. They have a right to act crazed, they earned it. Did we? If you really think so, then go on, knock yourself out, act crazed.
And I’m not belittling anyone for being too young to remember the horrific years, from 1964 to 1980. If their frame of reference is the Dave Brown years or the Kent Graham years, fine. You’re right; those years stunk too. One guy actually thought I resented his Social Security benefits: believe me, brother; I don’t begrudge you a dime. You probably earned every penny.
And like many Giants’ fans, I’m troubled by decisions made by the brain trust, particularly their apparent loyalty to our one-trick-pony ‘D’ and Perry Fewell. Loyalty can be a virtue; but when does loyalty cease to be a virtue and become a liability? The Giant’s ‘D’ came up small this year:
They ranked 31st in defense, behind the Jaguars and just ahead of the Saints.
They gave up 16 plays of 40 or more yards, and 12 passing TDs of 26 yards or more.
They were out scored in the final two ‘must-win’ games, 67-14.
They gave up 10 of 18 opposition fourth down attempts — 55.6%.
They gave up a clock, and tempo, controlling 4.5 rushing yards per attempt, per game.
Their vaunted pass rush produced only 33 sacks this year as opposed to 48 last year.
Success in the NFL is defined in one way only — a Super Bowl Championship. Everything else is “close, but no cigar.” And being disappointed because the Giants won’t bring home a Super Bowl Championship this year is one thing, but a sense of entitlement to a Super Bowl Championship is something entirely different. Super Bowls are not our birthright as fans. The Giants have given us more Super Bowl Championships in the last twenty-six years than any other team has given their respective fans. Isn’t that enough to quiet all the crazed carping?
Now, if I still haven’t made my point, shame on me, I’ll stop trying. Peace, brothers.