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Paul Schwartz Misleads Giants Fans

Paul Schwartz Misleads Giants Fans.
By Martin Alvin

Paul Schwartz wrote an interesting article in today’s NY Post. Not interesting because it was well written, it wasn’t. As a matter of fact, the opening sentence was so grammatically mangled it needed to be read twice. But it was interesting because of the way Mr. Schwartz stilted his statistics to deliberately mislead Giants fans. He wrote –- and correctly, though stiltedly so -– the NY Giants have missed the payoffs in four of the last five years; which, by the way, is absolutely true. So, what’s my beef?

My beef is this: he’s cherry-picking his statistic to make a point that’s as stilted as his methods. Yes, it’s true, the Giants missed the playoffs in 2009, 2010, 2012 and they’re about to miss the playoffs this year, 2013. They did, however, go to the playoffs in 2011 and –- by the way, again -– won the Super Bowl. But, why didn’t Mr. Schwartz, in the interests of fair reporting, go back seven years instead of five?

If he had, he’d have had to report the Giants have been to the playoffs in three of those seven years and in that time frame, they’ve won two of the most memorable Super Bowls in NFL history. So, why do you suppose he didn’t do that? Could it be because he was busting a gut just to pander to the prevailing fan base’s discontent by bashing a team that’s already being bashed?

And had Paul Schwartz gone back even further than seven years, like fourteen years for example, back to the beginning of this century, he’d have found that only one NFL team has been to more Super Bowls than the NY Giants. The New England Patriots. And he’d have found that the only team to have won more then the two Super Bowls the Giants have won since 2000 are … the New England Patriots. And then, he’d have had to report that the only team to beat those same excellent New England Patriots in two Super Bowls was … the NY Giants.

But why not go back even further in NFL history, Paul, and ask, how many teams have won more than the four Super Bowl championships the Giants have to their credit in the last thirty years? Answer: No team. The NY Giants and only the NY Giants have won the most Super Bowls in the last thirty years: four. No team has won more.

And why stop at thirty years? Why not go back to the very start of the NFL in mid 1920s. How many teams have won more world championships than the NY Giants in the eighty-something year history of the NFL? Answer: just two teams. The Bears with nine championships and the Packers with thirteen. The Giants have eight. And in the nine decades of NFL history, the Giants have won championships in six of the nine decades, missing only in the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s.

Look, just like everyone else who roots for the Giants, I’m as disappointed with Big Blue as you are. And I was disappointed last year, too –- and every year they didn’t get to the playoffs. But lets get real, the ultimate goal of every team is winning a Super Bowl Championship; and in the history of the Super Bowl era, only three teams have won more Super Bowl Championships than the Giants: the Steelers with six, the 49ers with five and the Cowboys with five. No team –- repeat, no team –- goes to the Super Bowl every year, and consequently, no team wins the Super Bowl every year.

Getting to the playoffs isn’t really the be-all and end-all, either. How many teams get there regularly and get eliminated, like Atlanta for example? Or Houston, or a dozen other perennial also-ran teams. Is just getting to the playoffs and getting eliminated better than missing the playoffs, entirely? I’m not so sure it is. I remember 2006 and 2008 and getting knocked out of the playoffs early; it sucked. I remember 2000 and losing the Super Bowl, which sucked even more. The goal is getting to –- and then winning –- the Super Bowl; and the NY Giants have done that four times. That’s not exactly chopped liver, Paul.

Now, having said all that; yes, I’m still terribly disappointed with the play of the team. And yes, I’m still very critical of the coaching staff and management. And yes, I miss seeing the Giants prevail in important games, with Eli leading dramatic forth quarters drives for the winning TD. But as far as I’m concerned, this is just a temporary condition. How do I know that? Simple. Look at the history of the team. That history tells you all you need to know about your NY Giants. It tells you to kiss off the 2013 season, but to fear not and to stay patient. Big Blue will be back in the mix again -– and a lot sooner rather than later. Are you listening, Paul? If so, can I get an amen?

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2 Responses to “Paul Schwartz Misleads Giants Fans”

  1. Btucker says:

    Martin – agree with your point re: Schwartz’ article. However if by “staying patient” you suggest sticking with Gilbride and Fewell you are way off. The Giants cannot make any meaningful progress in 2014 if they retain those coordinators ( Quinn needs to go as well ).

  2. Martin says:

    You’re right, Btucker; changes must be made with the coaching staff as well as with the players. I should have specified that. And the Giants organization is too smart and too committed to championships to ignore the need for those changes. So, in that respect, let’s be patient.

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