A F–king Nightmare Come True!

A F–king Nightmare Come True!
By Martin Alvin

Call it sour grapes if you will; I don’t care — because sour grapes or not — I hope it snows like hell on February 2, 2014, at Met Life Stadium. And I hope the wind howls through the joint creating a whiteout, blizzard and a Super Bowl XLVIII nightmare for the NFL. And I hope they never schedule another Super Bowl there again. There! I said it and I’m glad. Okay, so, I’m not a good sport — so what!

Frankly this is exactly what I’ve been dreading ever since the NFL announced Super Bowl XLVIII would be played in Met Life Stadium. Of course, I hoped it would be the Giants playing host — and home team — that day, but I feared it wouldn’t happen; and sure enough, the Giants have thrown together a season to forget before it’s finally, mercifully, over. A 5-11 record is still a worst-case scenario, but so is an 8-8 scenario. But more likely, it will be either 6-10 or 7-9.

But I’m not beefing about the fact that the Giants won’t be the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl as the home team. Hell, no! That hasn’t happened even once in the last forty-seven years. As a matter of fact, the closest it’s ever come to happening was way back in 1984 when the San Francisco 49ers blew out the Miami Dolphins in SB XIX by a score of 38-16 — at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto California, a mere thirty-five miles or so from San Francisco itself –- but it wasn’t at Candlestick Park, so it wasn’t exactly a 49er home game.

And in the entire history of the Super Bowl –- from 1966 to the present, counting SB XLVIII -– only twelve teams have even had a winning record the year that their stadium was the Super Bowl site. Thirty-six other teams, including the 2013 Giants, with a chance to host the Super Bowl –- and play in it — have had losing records that same Super Bowl season. So, maybe there really has been something all along called: The Super Bowl Hosting Curse.

Of course, for teams like the Giants, Cowboys, Colts, Vikings and Jaguars, that’s not exactly a criminal indictment, because those teams have had only one opportunity respectively in the last forty-seven years to host a Super Bowl. But teams like the Dolphins have actually hosted the Super Bowl ten times without playing in it. New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl nine times without playing in it. Tampa Bay has hosted the Super Bowl four times without playing in it. There were also four Super Bowls played in Pasadena, which has no home team. San Diego had three shots at it and the old L.A. Rams had two shots, as did the Falcons, Lions and Arizona Cardinals. Houston has also hosted two Super Bowls, but years apart, first when the Oilers were the home team, and then when the home team was the Texans.

So, the fact that Giants crapped out this year –- and I use the word crap with purpose because they really did play like crap -– it’s not my major fear finally coming to fruition. That distress comes from knowing that both the –- UGGHH — Dallas Cowboys and the –- UCCHH -– NY Jets are still technically alive in the SB XLVIII hunt. And as ridiculous as it sounds the -– UCCHH –- NY Jets could still be the first team to host a Super Bowl, and play in it, using their very own dressing room, while the visiting –- UGGHH -– Dallas Cowboys use the Giants’ dressing room. Please excuse me while barf.

Not possible you say? Probably not –- hopefully not — but stranger things have happened. Remember, the Giants were 7-7 in 2011 and no one gave them a chance in hell; and then, they went on a six game tear through the rest of the regular season, then the playoffs, and finally a dramatic 21-17 victory in Super Bowl XLVI. It’s hard to believe that was only two dreadful seasons ago, isn’t it?

So, as distasteful as it is to contemplate — and God help me, it’s so distasteful I’m about to choke on the mere thought — it’s still technically possible for the — UGGHH — Cowboys to go 10-6 and win the NFC East. And it’s still technically possible for the — UCCHH — Jets to go 9-7 and squeeze into the playoffs as a Wild Card. And so, as crazy as it sounds –- and yes, it does sound crazy, but that’s what fear coming to fruition does to a person; it makes them crazy — it’s possible that both the UCCHH team and the UGGHH team could squeak through the playoffs and then, play in, and of course, one would have to win, Super Bowl XLVIII. And in — of all places — Big Blues’ own home stadium! Now, good grief; if that’s not a f–king nightmare come true, I don’t know what is!


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8 Responses to “A F–king Nightmare Come True!”

  1. JIMMIE says:

    WTF are you talking about? You must use drugs, if not try some!

  2. DP says:

    The worst case projection for me would be the Patriots winning the Super Bowl on the Giants home field. The mere thought of witnessing Brady and BB accepting a trophy at Met Life is enough to make me sick to my stomach.

  3. Nicky says:

    A Patriot win in SB XLVIII at Met Life Stadium would be great for Giants fans, DP. It would be Bellichick and Brady’s sixth SB and that would make them one of the best teams of all time. But the only team they could never beat in the SB was the Giants — losing to Big Blue twice! That says as much about the Giants as it does about the Patriots. 

    • DP says:

      Nicky, maybe that’s great for you. However, I am one Giants fan who despises the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins and don’t relish the thought of a Patriot SB XLVIII victory in the Giants home stadium. The Giants wins over the Pats in the SB’s will always be among my greatest sports pleasures without question. But what have the Giants done lately? Nothing, they have not even been able to make the playoffs the past 2 seasons when their division is weak to mediocore at best. So if the Patriots make it to the SB and win on the Giants home field during a season when the Giants truly believed they were SB contenders and then could not even make the playoffs is a gut-wrenching thought on my part.

  4. Nicky says:

    Okay, DB. I hear you, bro. I’ll root my ass off against the Patriots and you root your ass off against the Cowboys and Jets and we’ll both root our asses off for some big changes with the Giants next season. How about that? Does that work for you? Do we have a deal?

  5. Craig says:

    Giants need to clean out the trash. Some of the effort (or lack thereof) being out forth by some players like Nicks is disgraceful. Half the time he looks like he’s not even trying to catch the ball or get open.

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