The New York Giants: Super Bowl Champions--Time for a Restoration of Faith?
Update of Prior Hub
- How to Handle Being a Giants Fan
The New York Giants are a tremendous team with a loyal fan-base. Big Blue can drive you mad though. How do you stay a happy fan in spite of a history of being let down? Here are four pointers.
Giants are World Champions
The Giants are Superbowl Champions! There is the smell of redemption in the air this morning. With two Superbowl wins against the Pats perhaps the tide is turning in the G-Men's favor. I have been hard on the team in the past but I would be wrong to give this victory short shrift and must set aside my former misgivings in this moment of football glory. A degree of restoration of faith is in order, I have to admit. I must concede that after last night's performance, and after many fourth quarter comebacks, I have an increased appreciation of Eli Manning and while I have always placed the majority of my stock in him when it comes to who I think can eek out a win for Big Blue I feel that a little additional faith and confidence in his future consistency and winning ways is well placed presently.
I must admit that for a time it seemed that only the Giants could lose a Superbowl by scoring a touchdown when they are behind with a minute left to play, but they managed to hold on to those ill timed points with the aide of a couple of dropped passes on behalf of Brady's receivers. Due to the fact it could be considered that it was not so much the defense that gained the victory by stopping the Pats (although they had the chance after the sack and the third and long) one might be tempted to say that the Giants did not so much win, but that they robbed the victory from a team that when given the chance failed due to their own mistakes and failure to grasp ball in hand. Such is football, though, and week in and week out teams fail when the game could be theirs and that is the nature of the sport. I therefore submit that to view the win as such would be a disservice to the Giants and I can rest assured in the fact that the quality of achievement is unsullied.
Today is a day for celebration, congratulations and granting of laurels. However, like a successful client of a drug inpatient treatment center, the Giants have shown that they can perform as a great team does and they and their fans deserve to be proud of their accomplishments; but they have to display a period of consistency, exhibit a positive track-record and show they can avoid future relapses as proof of their new-found ways before I can trust them with the entirety of my emotional investment. Only time will tell if the suffering wrought in the past will become a distant memory and that they have truly reformed, or whether they will be recidivists and return to their feckless and inconsistent play-style and bring with it a return to the anguish of the past.
Now, with that specter in the back of my head, and with hopes of its ultimate banishment from my psyche, back to celebrating a great win.
Thoughts from Other Sources
- Eli, Giants beat Brady, Patriots for title again - Super Bowl XLVI- NBC Sports
Elite and Eli. One and the same. And now there are two Super Bowl championships and two MVPs to prove it. Eli Manning is the big man in the NFL after one-upping Tom Brady and leading the New York Giants to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriot
- Super Bowl 2012 - Are the New York Giants the NFL\'s next dynasty? - ESPN
Rivers McCown looks at the New York Giants and why they may be set up to be a dynasty for years to come.
- Super Bowl 2012 -- New York Giants\' Eli Manning celebrates title with his daughter, Ava - ESPN New
Eli was a man among Mannings, a proud father holding his baby girl.
- Giants Patriots Super Bowl: The ballsiest call in Super Bowl history. - Slate Magazine
Bill Belichick may have made one of the gutsiest calls in Super Bowl history: instructing his defense to allow the Giants to score the go-ahead touchdown with just a minute remaining. The only gutsier move would've been for the Giants to respond by n
- Giants Patriots Super Bowl: Eli Manning is all the football hero America needs. - Slate Magazine
For the second time in four years, Eli Manning led a last-minute drive to beat the favored Patriots in the Super Bowl. Somehow, this one was weirder than the time the Giants won because a guy pinned the ball against his helmet. Manning’s moment of gl