Manningham on the run...
So, it has begun again: The New York Football Giants are releasing players and letting a talented receiver sign with another team. Can this be a harbinger of another title next season? After all, it worked last year…
After delivering his second Super Bowl title in five years, General Manager Jerry Reese has earned my trust. He had a secret plan that he shared with no one during the last offseason, so I will not question his moves this years. The man has an uncanny knack for identifying talent, so he deserves our indulgence. As long as the master plan ends with Eli Manning hoisting his third Lombardi trophy, I’m all in!
The New York Football Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in their trademark fashion: stretching it out and snatching away the last breaths of their fans en route to a heart-stopping win. And we Big Blue loyalists wouldn’t have it any other way. Let fans from other cities enjoy their romps and laughers; we’ll take the cardiac cases. And we’ll take Eli Manning, the king of elite NFL quarterbacks.
I have mentioned before what hard work it is being a Giants fan, and that remains true. Even when the Jints win, they make the fans work as hard for it as the team does. I know there wasn’t a Big Blue fan who wasn’t on the edge of his/her seat right until the second that football fell harmlessly to the ground in the end on the last play of the game. I don’t think I had taken a breath since the beginning of the fourth quarter. I think it brings the fans closer to the team, because we voyeurs get to feel like we fought for the win almost as hard as the athlete did.
It was a thriller, and it was worth every second.
Today, my beloved New York Football Giants take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, a rematch of Super Bowl XVII, in which the Giants destroyed the Pats’ dreams of an undefeated season with a stunning 17-14 victory in what many NFL fans – including myself – deem to be the best Super Bowl ever.
The Giants are underdogs once again, but this time the spread is much tighter, and a lot of the so-called experts and pundits are actually picking the Jints to triumph. I believe Big Blue will stampede to a convincing victory, cementing Eli Manning as the elite quarterback in the NFL – statistics be damned. (Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees piled up a bunch of ultimately meaningless personal numbers this season, and will be taking a break from playing golf to watch the Super Bowl from the stands with all the other
losers also-rans, before crying themselves to sleep, wrapped in their record books.) All Eli does is win.
It went deep into overtime, but the New York Football Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, to qualify for their fifth Super Bowl appearance – a rematch of Super Bowl XLII, in which the Giants crushed the New England Patriots’ fantasy of a perfect season with a 17-14 victory.
While I felt good going into halftime of this championship struggle in wet weather with a 10-7 lead, I was on the edge of my couch for the entire second half. I was bemoaning the fact that New York settled for a field goal just before the half ended, but I knew having the lead was important. Besides, it wouldn’t be a Giants game if we fans weren’t in hell the whole time. Who wants a blowout when we can spend 30 minutes on tenterhooks? I love my Giants, but they really test my devotion while I’m watching.