My cousin Carmine — God rest his felonious, bullet-riddled, soul — with his cement-block head and no neck; was a dangerous guy. But, occasionally, he’d put his leg-breaking duties aside and join the family for Sunday dinner. Afterward, he’d always push his chair away from the table, pat his beer belly, swollen under his spaghetti-stained, wife-beater, ‘T’ shirt, and offer up the same dumb joke:
“Hey, I’m not hungry anymore! Must be losing my appetite.”
And everyone would stifle a groan and offer an obligatory, ha, ha, ha; after which, mercifully, Carmine would get up, go to the living room and fall asleep on the sofa, laying there, inert, like a huge, pasta-gorged, boulder.
His humor, or lack thereof, of course, was based on that fact that, when critters are fully fed, even the most dangerous of them: lions, tigers, grizzlies, and my cousin Carmine, simply aren’t hungry anymore. Ha, ha, ha. But here’s the thing about dangerous critters not being hungry anymore; when they aren’t hungry anymore, they aren’t dangerous anymore … until they get hungry again; which brings me to the Giants.
The 2011 Giants got hungry late, and because of that, they got dangerous late. Just ask their last six opponents: the Jets, Cowboys, Falcons, Packers, 49ers and Patriots. And when they finished devouring those teams, they took their SB XLVI trophy home and — fully fed — fell asleep. Unfortunately, when 2012 began, the Giants were still asleep. And like fully fed lions, tigers, grizzlies and my larcenous cousin Carmine; they just weren’t dangerous anymore … because they weren’t hungry anymore.
That’s not an indictment of the 2012 NY Giants, by the way; their reaction was simply the psychological norm. Only six teams have ever repeated as back-to-back, Super Bowl Champions: the Packers, Dolphins, Steelers, 49ers, Broncos and Patriots. So, let’s face it; it’s just too tough to stay hungry when fully fed. Ask Carmine. Oh, that’s right, you can’t: he’s dead. Anyway, hopefully, now that we’ve missed the playoffs, and a shot at back-to-back championships, we’ll start 2013 hungry.
The irony, though, is; the Giants are probably responsible for stimulating the hunger driving three of the four remaining teams in the hunt for SB XLVII. And we may have done that by embarrassing the Falcons at Met Life, outlasting the 49ers at Candlestick and stealing one — again — from the Patriots in SB XLVI. The only team whose hunger we didn’t stimulate is the Ravens, and oh, yeah, one other team … the Giants themselves.
So, now we get to look forward to 2013: and free agency, and the draft, and OTAs, and mini camps, and training camp, and the preseason, and opening day; and maybe — just, maybe — a home, Super Bowl win at Met Life Stadium. And yes, God help us, to a steady stream of postings like this one. Yikes! Hey, NY Giants, Wake The ‘F’ Up … Please!