Now Comes The Hard Part

Give the Giants credit. They are 8-3, winners of six-straight. We can point out a lot of flaws, but they are doing something right, and it isn’t just a fortuitous schedule. The problem is, the schedule turns really ugly now.

The final five games are brutal: @Pitt, Dallas (Sunday Night Football), Detroit, @Philly (Thursday Night Football), @Washington. When I picked games before the season started, I had the Giants sitting currently at 7-4, and finishing 1-4 to go 8-8. I still think a 1-4 finish might be all they manage. I don’t see them beating Pittsburgh or Dallas. Detroit looks really good recently. Washington will be problematic. They could and really should beat Philly even on the road.

That would leave them at 9-7 which might get them into the playoffs, but would also leave them with little momentum and a probable first round exit. A good team has to come out of this stretch at 10-6 or better. Are the Giants that kind of team? I still say no, but this is the reason you play the games.

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  • Greg  On December 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Hosting the Cowboys tonight. Thought you might find the following entertaining:

    I’m not much of a football fan — very causal fan at best — but I really dislike the Cowboys. Always have. Which is why I can (somewhat) relate to so many around the country who hate the Yankees, BTW. When i was in in junior high school in the ’70s (6th-9th grade, ’76-’79), almost all the kids where Cowboys fans. Not hard to understand why — look at the Giants and Jets records from, say, ’74-’79. During the years when young NYC football fans were forming their rooting allegiances, the Giants and Jets were giving them nothing to root for, literally nothing at all. It would have been embarrassing to root for them. A lot of 2- and 3-win seasons in that period. Not to mention The Fumble. So people cast around for alternative teams to root for and settled on the Cowboys (and, to a lesser extent ,the Steelers). It became the cool thing to do.

    As for me, I became a casual Raiders fan. Why? Well, I started paying attention in 1976. Oakland lost one game that season, on the way to their first Super Bowl championship. Also, having started casually following baseball in 1974 (not full time until 1975), I caught the tail end of the Oakland As dynasty. So I guess I associated Oakland with winning teams. The Raiders were in the midst of a strong run in the ’70s — oftentimes, arguably the two best teams in the NFL were the Raiders and whomever they were playing in the AFC Championship Game (which the Raiders usually lost, typically to the Steelers — those two teams had a great rivalry in the ’70s). Ever since, I’ve been a casual Raiders fan. I’ve watched all their Super Bows (I don’t normally watch the game) and quietly rooted for them. I’m not nearly as emotionally invested in them as I am with the Yankees, but it’s nice if they win and a shame if they lose. Although I’ve come to feel the same way about the Giants and would probably also feel the same way about the Jets if they ever got that far (not that I’m holding my breath — what a run of sustained organizational incompetence).

    Enjoy the game. Here’s to hoping the Giants crush them.

    • nysportsfanatic  On December 12, 2016 at 12:01 am

      I could not begin to tell you how I became a Giants fan. It was around 1979 and I don’t know why I picked one lousy local team over the other. Maybe it was that the Giants wore a color similar to the Yankees? Neither of my parents liked any NY teams, so I know that wasn’t it.

      But I do remember growing up how many Cowboy, Steeler, and Raider, fans I found in the NY area. I’m sure a lot of it had to do with the lousy local product as you said, but I think Monday Night Football has a huge influence too.

      Tonight was a fun night though. Giants need to do a lot on offense, but they are in a good spot.

      • Greg  On December 12, 2016 at 10:29 am

        I knew of only one other Raiders fan. He was also a Yankees fan and a Denver Nuggets fan. Go figure. I knew quite a few Steelers fans. And many, many Cowboys fans. The Cowboys fans were insufferable.

      • nysportsfanatic  On December 12, 2016 at 4:11 pm

        Nuggets fan? That is a pretty strange trio of teams to root for.

  • Greg  On December 11, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    OK. so they didn’t crush the Cowboys, but at least they beat ’em. A sweep’s a sweep.

  • nysportsfanatic  On December 12, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Yup, but the final three games are no picnic. Got to get to 10 wins and figure out the offense.

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