Yes, I am long time Giants fan. But even my friends who support other teams will admit it: The New York Giants are the class of the NFL. Led by Tom Coughlin and John Mara, the Giants are well-known for doing things the right way.
Take Chad Jones, for example. The Giants, despite having no obligation to do so, gave him support and care far beyond anyone’s expectations. In fact, up until May of this year, Jones was still given the chance to compete for a roster spot. Jerry Reese even stated that the Giants consider Jones to be part of the Giants family.
We can also use the current Drew Brees situation as a comparison. Could you ever see John Mara refusing to pay his quarterback? Now, the deal got done, but not without some public griping.
Add to this the fact that the Giants have won two super bowls in the last five years, and you would think that the Giants would be the toast of the NFL. You would think that exciting players like Jason Pierre-Paul, Victor Cruz and Osi Umenyiora would bring about notoriety and respect.
Yet, each offseason, and each season, I must suffer through the blatant disrespect of sports talk radio people like Craig Carton, or the pandering to certain teams and players by television personalities like Trey Wingo. I have to hear each year how the Eagles and Cowboys are the teams to beat, and how the Giants have too many holes. How they can’t compete. How they got lucky. I have to listen to writers like Dan Graziano tell me to calm down, this is not the 2007 Giants. Well guess what Dan, this was the 2007 Giants. Even better, in fact.
Can you really beat Tom Brady and Bill Belichik twice, on the biggest stage in sports, with luck? Shouldn’t this earn you the ultimate respect? Is this really an overachieving team? Why are the Giants so uninteresting to the general media? Why do I hear more about Michael Vick and his talents than I do Eli Manning? Why do players rank Frank Gore over Eli Manning? Seriously, Frank Gore? In fact, Eli was left completely off the player-chosen list last year. How embarrassing. If I hear one more person say he was not a great quarterback until the 2011 season, except for his 2007 playoff stretch, I am going to pull out my hair.
The Giants are winners. Tom Coughlin’s win-loss record during the regular season with the Giants is 74-54. And his playoff record is 8-3. And, let’s not forget the 2-0 record in Super Bowls. He demands that his players act like men, and be responsible for their actions. Coming to a meeting five minutes early? I am a school teacher, and I am always five minutes early to my meetings. It’s called professionalism, and Tom Coughlin personifies this quality. Yet, we still have to hear about Coughlin’s style. How it might be too harsh. Hasn’t he proved otherwise? Aside from a few dopey players i.e. Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey, players have loved playing for him.
It’s time for the media, and the NFL in general to begin giving the proper respect to the New York Giants. Let’s stop putting Eli Manning 33rd on the best players list despite two Super Bowl MVP awards. Let’s stop picking them to finish behind the Cowboys and Eagles every year. Let’s begin recognizing Eli Manning for what he is – a quarterback with two Super Bowl MVP awards, who has never missed a game. Let’s stop focusing on his mannerisms, and start recognizing his brilliance. And finally, let’s stop talking about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow, and start giving some air time to a man who is already a Hall of Fame lock. He says the right things, he always plays, and he delivers in the biggest moments. He’s more clutch than (Tom) Brady or (Aaron) Rodgers, and he has the hardware to back it up.
There is a rampant epidemic of disrespect regarding the New York Giants. So, this is my call to action. Ignore the Craig Cartons and the Warren Sapps of the world. Use your own mind and your own eyes. This organization is the class of the NFL, and it is chock full of extremely talented and exciting players at many positions. This is the best quarterback in Giants history, and you might just be watching the best defensive end, and wide receiver tandem in their history. And they have Tom Coughlin.
There has never been a better time to be a Giants fan. When will everyone else catch on?