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What is it that you love about this franchise?

Big Blue '56 : 10/8/2019 3:50 pm
This board has rehashed over and over again what has happened to us since XLVI, so please donít revisit here.

Iíd like to list what I love about this franchise off the top of my head. I will add additional thoughts as the synapse fires. Also, Iíll only offer thoughts based on what Iíve observed in my lifetime only.

*I love that during the first 8 years of fandom (1956-63), we played in 6 title games, winning one and easily could have won 2 more, arguably 3.

*I love that our fans developed (to my knowledge) the ďDefense, DefenseĒ cry in the late Ď50s.

*I love that coordinators like Lombardi, Landry and Belichick roamed our sidelines.

*I love that I was treated to great eras of Defense in the late Ď50s, early Ď60s and the 1980s (and 1990).

*I love that Iíve had the privilege of watching Conerly, Tittle, Tarkenton, Simms and Eli.

*I love that we had the best Defensive player of all time and arguably the best, period.

*I love that weíve had two HOF HCs (one in, one to be).

*I love that weíve been to 5 SBs in the last 33 years.

*I love that we are tied for 3rd in most SB wins at 4.

*I love that in this millennium we have been to more SBs than any team besides the Pats. We are tied with the Steelers at 3.

*I love that only the Pats have won more SBs than we have (tied with the Steelers at 2) in the last (nearly) 25 years.

*I love that we had inarguably (imo) the two greatest and most exciting playoff runs in NFL history, certainly in the SB era.

*I love that we finally were able to draft a HOF caliber RB (with health) a la the Browns (Jim Brown), Bears (Payton), Vikes (AP), Lions (Sanders) and a few other teams.

Thatís my rough list for now, hopefully, Iíll have more favorites to share.

How about you?


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They are the local team that isnít the Jets  
Oscar : 10/8/2019 4:13 pm : link
I love the Giants but I think Iíd feel the same way about any of the other 31 teams if I grew up around them.
The question assumes that becoming a fan was a logical choice.  
lawguy9801 : 10/8/2019 4:14 pm : link
I started watching the team at 7 years old in 1983. I felt badly for them because they lost almost every week, and I kept watching in the hopes that they'd do better the following week.

And here I am, 36 years later, on BBI.
Marty Glickman....  
No Where Man : 10/8/2019 4:14 pm : link
there was no better.....
Sorry, other 30  
Oscar : 10/8/2019 4:15 pm : link
Because Iíve already dismissed the Jets. I wasnít the smartest kid (Knicks) but I got that one right.
RE: In my living memory, they've been to  
cjac : 10/8/2019 4:15 pm : link
In comment 14619083 SFGFNCGiantsFan said:
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4 Super Bowls & have won 3. When we step back, we're quite lucky. Imagine being a Lions fan? Chargers? Bengals? Cards?


The Vikings have never won a super bowl either

and the Viking fans in my section were reminded of that this past Sunday
for me  
Lines of Scrimmage : 10/8/2019 4:16 pm : link
Most Top 10 history list include the Giants...Super Bowls, Linebackers, Defense, Plays, Coaches, etc.

The Assistant Coaches and their influence on the game (Lombardi, Laundry, Belichick). The ring of honor and looking at the back stories including a Medal Of Honor Winner.

The Duke, Gatorade Bath, Homes Jones starting the spike, how they saved and benefited the NFL by sharing revenue

Family owned still....they have made mistakes but I think the culture is that they take care of all in the organization both while employed and afterwards.

The funny tidbits I learn on BBI: Wellington picking players from magazines, how bad they were from 1964-1979.......but like then I love they will be back again with another championship the variable being time. But it better be fast! We are losing patience.
Itís hard to say  
Danny Kanell : 10/8/2019 4:21 pm : link
The Giants have been such a huge part of my life since Iím a kid, I just love the franchise. Itís not really anything in particular. Itís just kinda been part of my being I guess. So many great memories. When you see other fan bases like all the Vikings fans Sunday who have never experienced a Superbowl win, it puts into perspective for me how lucky I am.

Good thread.
I donít know what triggered the love I have  
djm : 10/8/2019 4:21 pm : link
I always loved the game of football since I first watched a game. I think it stems from the love of the sport and builds as you align yourself to whatever team plays in your home town, unless youíre a mutant piece of filth that roots for out of town teams, but I digress...

The more you love a sport, the more youíre going to love the team in that sport. If you catch that team at just right the time in your rooting years and a rebuild/underdog/progression/winning/champion emerges during those formidable years, like it did for me in the late 70s early 80s, you have the die hard fan. Iíll never stop loving this team, itís a fucking curse because as good as they can be youíre gonna suffer more often than not.
Football is family  
exiled : 10/8/2019 4:21 pm : link
Corny but true. Four of us sisters and my brother, all crazy fans, handed down from our father. I actually loved those awful teams in the 70s. Defense just played their hearts out. And if you could love the Giants in the Ď70s, thereíd be no turning back. Big-, big-time memories. Even the bad ones. (God, I remember the Ďfumbleí vividly.) Big Giants moments have become family lore for us. A few of my very favorite days *ever* came as a Giants fan.

Iím ridiculously nostalgic, and Iím one proud fan.

Thanks BBí56 for opening up this conversation. Iím enjoying the comments.
CLASS.  
x meadowlander : 10/8/2019 4:23 pm : link
Period.

Through thick and thin - by and large, the Giants have always been a classy franchise. Let the Eagles have Michael Vick, let the showboats go to Dallas and Oakland. Let the Jets take the asshole projects.

The day OBJ speared Coleman I said he wasn't a Giant, and I was glad to see him go. He did not belong in the culture the Giants have fostered for generations.

Even if they didnít win  
djm : 10/8/2019 4:23 pm : link
Iíd still be a die hard fan today, but winning those titles in 86-90 obviously validated the interest. Not sure what the hell led me to rooting for the Knicks all these years.
And I love the story I've followed since 78'.  
x meadowlander : 10/8/2019 4:25 pm : link
They SUCKED when I went to my first game and I got to enjoy the highs of the Parcells years, of LT, of getting to attend so many great games, of going to SBXXV, the highs and lows of the Reeves and Fassell years, of returning to glory with Coughlin.

2007 was the cherry on top. After that SB win, the rest is gravy. Nothing will ever be better than that.
growing up and learning about football....  
Drewcon40 : 10/8/2019 4:30 pm : link
...as I got older, understanding the game and watching Lawrence Taylor on D and Mark Bavaro at TE.

Most people love the 1986 team but I connect with that 1990 team. I was playing JV football - I still remember that Monday night game against San Fran.

I was the first in my family to become a Giants fan as football wasnt a sport followed by my family.

I am really having a blast sharing the love of Giants with my son.

I think I may have mentioned but I have 2 children.

My son was born July 2007
My daughter was born August 2011

Think about all those similarities those seasons had!

Once my son is older, I want to start a family tradition and get season tickets - but whoa! those PSLs are still out of my range.
It's a family affair  
Greg from LI : 10/8/2019 4:35 pm : link
My grandpa used to watch Mel Hein and Tuffy Leemans at the Polo grounds when he was a kid. Dad caught the tail end of the 50s and early 60s glory days and then endured the long nightmare of the "18 years of lousy football". I grew up with LT and Phil Simms, watching the great teams of the Parcells era. Giants games were something Dad and I bonded over. January 1991 was a lousy time for me for various reasons and things with my dad were generally tense, but those magnificent victories in the NFC title game and XXV gave us moments of pure joy to share.

The earliest season I could remember was 1981, when LT was a rookie and Simms was in his third year. I was in kindergarten. Their final season was 1993, my senior year of high school. Their careers, and the great teams of that era, bookended my childhood, and consequently will always be special to me in a way no other Giants team ever could be.
The history my family  
chiro56 : 10/8/2019 4:53 pm : link
Has with it. Memories . Yankee stadium . Many of the players.
I love that its an old-school franchise with deep ties  
truebluelarry : 10/8/2019 5:01 pm : link
to the evolution of the league.

I love that when I was coming of age as a fan in the 1980s they were still a run-first offense with a punch-you-in-the-mouth defense.

I love that the place they plaed was called "Giants Stadium" until it closed.

I love that its a family run organization going on 100 years soon.

I love that the owner I grew up with was a ball boy on the team for their first game in 1925.

I love all the highs and lows. I always find players to pull for through the tough times and greatly appreciate the team success in the good times.

I love that they never surrendered a point on their home field in two NFC Championship games.

I love the timeless look of their uniforms.

I love knowing I will see them win another super bowl in my lifetime.

My Team  
Thegratefulhead : 10/8/2019 5:04 pm : link
Extended family. Nuff' said. Family worked at the stadium. Watching since "The fumble".
My first football memory is the 90-91 NFC title game...  
Chris684 : 10/8/2019 5:12 pm : link
Childhood memories of LT and Simms with Madden and Summerall calling the games.

It was just meant to be.

I still wish they would just go back to the uniforms of that era, complete with Giants written on the helmets.
The cheerleaders  
Gman11 : 10/8/2019 5:25 pm : link
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It's Part of My Family  
clatterbuck : 10/8/2019 5:25 pm : link
and provides ongoing entertainment, joy, involvement consternation, participation across four generations.
-- Being a Giants fan has been a constant in my life since 1956.
-- I've been a fan through the greatest period in the history of professional football. I've seen many, maybe even most of the greatest players in NFL history.
-- The "Glory Years" of Giants football were a constant of my childhood. The doldrums were a constant of my adolescence and early adulthood. The SB years were a constant of my transition from father to grandfather.
-- The Giants are one of the classiest organizations in professional sports. One a Giant, always a Giant. Once a Giants family, always a Giants family.
-- Those glorious SB runs, especially XXI and XLII.
-- My father.
-- Attending the 2007 NFC championship in Green Bay with my brother. It never will get old and we'll talk about as long we we live.
-- Conerly, Gifford, Big Red, Tittle, Rote, Shofner, Rosey Brown and Rosey Grier, Huff, Little Mo, Lynch, Patton, Tunnell, Triplett, killing the Halas Bears in '56, the heartbreak of '58. The brief glimmers through the gloom, Lurtsema, Jack Gregory, Frederickson and the Baby Bulls, Norm Snead and Earl Morrell, Bob Tucker, Pete Athas, Spider. And then Parcells, LT, Simms, Banks, Morris, Bavaro, the Suburbanites, Belichick, 4th and 17, 39-20, wide right, Flipper effin Anderson (I was there), No Threepeat! (what a great game), OJ and Hoss and Wide Right! And then the great Eli Manning era, the guts, the 4th quarter comebacks, Coughlin, Tuck, Osi, Jacobs, Bradshaw, Tyree's helmet, 18-1, another unmatched performance in Frisco, Manning to Manningham, bye-bye, Brady again.
-- Looking forward to the Daniel Jones era, another great run or two. The banner goes up on the porch on game days no matter what. I know I left out some important names and moments and the once included may be out of sequence but what the hell.
Great thread, btw,  
clatterbuck : 10/8/2019 5:28 pm : link
thanks BB56.
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arcarsenal : 10/8/2019 5:30 pm : link
The Giants were the first team I really latched on to as a kid. I didn't have much internal family influence when it came to sports. Some people are just 'raised' fans of certain teams but I had to kind of just figure it all out myself.

LT's best years were when I was too young to recall, but I caught the tail end of his career and through highlights and everything else, I just marveled at how much better he seemed than everyone else.

At a young age, I just decided NYG were my team and that was that.

There have been a lot of crappy seasons... after Simms, it was the Brown/Kanell/Graham years that I spent a lot of time watching and I watched every snap anyway. A lot of random RB's and time spent on guys like LeShon Johnson or Joe Montgomery before Tiki finally emerged as the weapon he became in 2000 going forward.

I'd read about the team in the sports section of the paper every morning while I ate breakfast before school since the internet wasn't anywhere near what it is now.

I guess what I've always loved about the Giants has been the history, the tradition, the class. The product on the field has been pretty embarrassing and shitty the majority of the last few years - but I think for the most part, there's something to be said for all the players who have come in and out of here and have expressed how 'professional' and classy the org is as a whole. You look at a team like the Jets as a contrast, and there's a pretty fair difference.

Obviously being able to witness two championships in the prime of my life didn't hurt either.

It kills me that we've stumbled so far and have had to endure so many lost, non-competitive seasons. But I try to remember it could always be a lot worse. I have a good friend who's a Bengals fan.. he reminds me pretty often how fortunate I've actually been.

We'll be restored to glory again one of these days.
Lawrence Taylor  
WideRight : 10/8/2019 5:31 pm : link

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The NY on the helmet--  
Y.A. : 10/8/2019 5:35 pm : link
So glad it's back. Along with the classic unis.

BB'56, my list is the same as yours except it starts in 1960 (my first year of fandom).

So there's Frank Gifford, Rosie Brown, Kyle Rote, Sam Huff (still not over that trade) and of course, Y.A.

And yes, Glickman and DeRo on the calls.

That my Jr. High school gym teacher was Ed Danowski, only NYG QB to win two titles (1930's) until Eli.

Eli. We could not have asked for a better face of the franchise. And thanks to Ernie Accorsi for picking him! And Tom Coughlin for coaching him.

Beating the Packers to get to the SB twice to make up for losing to them in '61 and '62 title games.

Being dismayed at hearing "Goodbye Allie" in Yankee Stadium at my first in-person game in 1968. But it was time for him to go.

That "15 years of lousy football" gave way to Young, Tuna, LT, Simms, and a major turnaround.

The Maras. Through all the ups and downs, they've always tried. And cared. About the team and about us.

The history from before my time.

That my son and daughter, now adults, despite not growing up in NY, root for the Giants.

All for now. Yom Kippur calls. Best to all who are observing. And to Giants fans everywhere.
Tradition Defense & Long Tenured Giants  
yalebowl : 10/8/2019 5:38 pm : link
For me it was watching Giant games with a favorite uncle in the glory years of 1950s to the early 1960s.

The players that played forever for the Giants:

Charlie Conerly, Rosey Brown, Frank Gifford, Joe Morrison, George Martin, Eli Manning, Harry Carson, and so many more.

When they had great defenses. Andy Robustelli, Sam Huff, Emlen Tunnell, Jimmy Patton, Jim Katcavage, Rosey Grier, Dick Modzeleski era

The Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, Brad Van Pelt, Brian Kelley, Leonard Marshall, Gary Reasons, Pepper Johnson, Jim Burt, George Martin era

The Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyoria, Jessie Armistead, Jason Sehorn, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Antonio Pierce era
I love the fact that they are one of the original franchises.  
Elisha10 : 10/8/2019 6:17 pm : link

I love the fact that I am a part of something bigger than myself.

I love the fact that I consider myself a real New Yorker because I am a Giants fan. The Jets fan base are just traders to the Giants, same with Islanders and Nets, the Mets are legit though since the Yankees and American league came second, but I still like the Yankees, let's go Yankees!

I love the uniforms, especially the home blues, I love the symbol. I wish they never changed from 75-99, they would be so much more iconic. Also wish they had the symbol on their helmet in the 56 championship game.

I love that we are known for defense and running the ball, until recently of course.

I love that we have changed the way defense was played in multiple eras.

I love that we are owned by the same founding family, and the names on the ball.

I love that I can watch countless hours of NFL films and never get sick of it, because we have had so many memorable moments.

I love that we once played at the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium.

I love the rivalries that we have with other iconic franchises. As Parcells said, they hate us so much that they love us. That says it all, I hate our rivals, but love the history that we have had together. I feel like I know as much about them as I do about us. I love to talk with their fans, and to beet them!

I love the fanbase, I love how loyal we have been, even from 1964-1980. I love how even Francessa calls us and the Rangers the best fanbases and I love being a part of both!

I love the sign in the stands after beating the Broncos in the Super Bowl, "Dad, our dream has come true!" Does that not say it all?!?!

I love how so many of our greatest victories have been upsets.

I love how we had one year that was so dominant, I wish so badly that I can see that, I thought I was in 2008.

I love that we stopped 19-0! And also did it to the Bears in 1934!

I love that we have playoff victories against Montana, Elway, Kelly, Favre, Brady, and Rodgers. We could have very easily had them against Unitas and Starr too.

I love that we have won championships in 4 consecutive decades and we have 10 years to make it 5!

I love highlights of the paper swirling around a windy Giants stadium, I miss the wind like it used to be. I love 17-0, 49-3, 41-0 and also love Green Bay in the cold, San Francisco in the mud, last second field goals to go to the super bowl. I love the sneakers game, 47-7, 7/10 195 2-0 (Conerly had a flawless performance too), 22/25 268 3-0, controlling the clock, wide right, and game winning drives in the last few minutes.

I love how we have had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I love that we can relate to the Browns fan, but also tell the Steelers, Patriots and Cowboys fan that we have more championships than them.

I love that we can also tell the Packers and Bears fan that although they may have more championships than us, the Bears have only one post merger championship The Packers actually only have two post merger. We really have the best combined history of pre-merger and post-merger history compared to other teams who go back as far as us.
All heart and all class  
NYFootballGiants : 10/8/2019 6:39 pm : link
. Even in years where we've been bad, the team has always played their hearts out and in seasons where we had no chance, we've been able to watch our guys pull the most out of themselves and rise to the occasion. Especially as of late, we've played our best in the biggest games and we've had the fire in our hearts to prove the world wrong and compete with and beat the best on the biggest stage. The owners, front office staff, coaches, and players we've had over our tenured history have made us one of the most iconic franchises sports has ever seen and that's something to be proud of. Even to this day, when we had some guys who weren't team players, we got a GM in here who got rid of them for the sake of Giants football. Win or lose, we always know our guys are proud to be Giants and will work to make this franchise proud because, to play for a storied team like ours, they are playing for something bigger than themselves. Love our enduring mindset, class, and heart.
RE: It's in our blood  
Bluesbreaker : 10/8/2019 6:43 pm : link
In comment 14619081 Torrag said:
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Bleeding Blue for the Giants is a real thing. I honestly don't 'think about why'. It just is. Go Giants.


Definitely in mine Father and Grand parents Giants and Yankees
I always like football more .In part to get my Fathers
attention that part never panned out but my love for this
team is undying . 1986 was finally the bid one .
My early memories hating Hornung and the Packers .
Ny giants football in the 1980s  
micky : 10/8/2019 6:43 pm : link
A fall sunday afternoon at 1 with pat summerall and john madden calling game

Watching Simms, Bavaro, LT, "The lunch pail guys" of OL of Nelson, Ard, Godfrey, Reisenberg..McConkey

The wins and the tough losses (knowing and seeing them majority of the times right there to the end)

Tough competition with the reggie white, walter peyton, the "hogs" in washington

Great coaching staff

It was the great growth of being a giants fan going from the pits of the 1970s (the fumble) up to that, and greatest feeling of a fan of the team, to that first SB Championship in a very long while. "The paper blizzard game" etc

Great era of the 1980s til 90
One memory that sticks out as a kid  
Chris684 : 10/8/2019 6:58 pm : link
Was traveling on the Turnpike to visit family when weíd pass that big old beautiful beautiful building that proudly had ďGiants StadiumĒ displayed on the facade. The feeling I used to get as a kid actually makes me kind of sad now as an adult knowing itís gone forever.

I always connected with whatever family members I had that were Giants fans mostly great Aunts and Uncles and heard stories about my grandfather who used to have to travel out of market to catch games on the radio/TV back in the day.

Itís funny but Eli was my last connection to these older relatives who are now gone. Talking about the possibility of them drafting him with my Uncle Pete. My Aunts who always called Eli ďthat nice young boyĒ. Thatís what so many people cling to.
Defense  
hitdog42 : 10/8/2019 7:04 pm : link
Toughness, accountability, tradition
Parcels and Coughlin
Linebackers of the 80s and 90s transitioned to the d line of the 2000s
Physical running game
And then growing up with Eli
The 2008 team (post super bowl pre plax) was kind of everything a giants fan could ever want
And the old stadium was priceless
The Tin can long of fits the teams of recent years

I became a Giants fan in 1955, my passion for this team has grown  
SterlingArcher : 10/8/2019 7:16 pm : link
stronger over the years, even through the dismal years of 17 losing season. I will never give up on this nor will I be a fan of any other team. The group I watch Giants games feel the same way. I do root for whatever team is playing the cowturds.
My first year was 1942 at the Polo Grounds and it really  
carpoon : 10/8/2019 7:40 pm : link
has been quite a ride. My best memories tend to be older ones and what I love most about the Giants is some of great personalities that we have had here.
I love how my entire family  
BBelle21 : 10/8/2019 7:56 pm : link
loved/s the Giants so much so that I grew up sleeping in a Giants sleeping bag, wearing Giants baseball caps in the summer and bundled in Giants scarves in the winter. All this before I really knew what being a Giants fan meant.

And then comes this guy named Eli, who I grew up with, and watched as I was growing up. It all started because my aunts kept going on and on about how hot they thought he was. Lol. That caught my interest, but then it became all about who he was. How he handled being a champion and how he handled losing with grace. He seems to embody family somehow, and real leadership. It feels like someone like Eli could only ever be a Giant. Even now that theyíre losing so much, thereís a certain aura with the Giants thatís hard to explain.
afternoons and highs like this  
gtt350 : 10/8/2019 8:49 pm : link
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQfECOLL2Zo - ( New Window )
Really enjoyed  
joeinpa : 10/8/2019 8:55 pm : link
Reading these. 👍
Been a Giants fan since  
section125 : 10/8/2019 9:11 pm : link
1963. Was brought up a Giants fan and will always be a Giants fan.
I suppose Homer Jones is why I am a fan of the Giants.
Connection  
Jesse B : 10/8/2019 9:28 pm : link
This got me a little emotional, but as a 3rd generation fan in a pretty stoic family, it's the way our family communicates in essence.

My grandfather was a speak softly never let anyone know anything bothered him kind of guy (and my dad follows suit), but the Giants were always something we could always enjoy and the only emotion we saw from my grandfather through their success and failures.

My grandfather died a handful of years ago, it might be 7 now, and shortly after as many cousins as possible have made sure to pick a road game every year to travel to from all over the country to meet up and basically reminisce about grandpa, spend a weekend together, and essentially create a family reunion of sorts centered around the team.

For my dad and I It's still the bridge for us to conversations about things that are real. It's always Giants talk (or Yankees) to get to the real conversation going although that tends to be brief.

I'm a lot more open with my communication with my kids, but the Giants are still the way my family starts their bond.
RE: Connection  
exiled : 10/8/2019 10:22 pm : link
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This got me a little emotional, but as a 3rd generation fan in a pretty stoic family, it's the way our family communicates.
Jesse, I loved your post. Hits home. I grew up in a close family, but not particularly demonstrative (yeah, my husband would tell you weíre cold). But the Giantsóweíre intense about the Giants. I feel like Eli has been the final football thread to my father and brother, who are both dead now. There's no one else left from the teams they watched.
One cool tidbit of consistency..  
BigBlue89 : 10/8/2019 11:48 pm : link
The only franchise to win a super bowl in 4 consecutive decades.
RE: It's in our blood  
BlueLou'sBack : 10/9/2019 12:30 am : link
In comment 14619081 Torrag said:
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Bleeding Blue for the Giants is a real thing. I honestly don't 'think about why'. It just is. Go Giants.


Torrag nails it for me. This is MY TEAM. There's no "why" here. When I was first getting into the Giants (late 60s) they sucked, except when Ron Johnson elevated them for a brief coupla years.

I do like that we have been known for defense first and foremost, and that goes way back to the studs who played before my time. It seems very New York.
Oh and way back when?  
Big Blue '56 : 10/9/2019 7:02 am : link
It was about Dad. It was always about Dad.
It started with my Dad being a fan  
Eli Wilson : 10/9/2019 7:45 am : link
I started following football in the late 70s. The Giants weren't very good so I wasn't a big fan, but my Dad faithfully watched or listened every week.

In 1982 I started playing Pop Warner and that really got my fandom of football turned up. We even got my Mom (RIP Mom) interested in football. Nothing like hearing your Mom yell "Sack his ass!" When you're a kid.


After awhile you fall in love with the players.

For me it started with Rob Carpenter, then LT, Carson, Banks, Bavaro, Morris, Simms, the lunchpail OL. To me they represent what I'd call true Giants.

Then that defense of the 80s. With LT, you had to watch him every play because he did things no one ever did before, or has since.

Over the years there have always been guys who seem like true Giants - Mark Collins, Hampton, Strahan, Armstead, Sehorn, Hammer, Diehl , Seubert, Eli, Tuck, Tiki. Cruz, Jacobs.

Not always great players, but guys who played hard and seemed like they just loved being a Giant.

Now we have Jones and Barkley. Hopefully a couple other guys take up that mantle.

the colors, red white and blue, and  
Dave : 10/9/2019 8:21 am : link
the NY logo!
1976. I was 11. Early Sunday morning, hear cars pulling up...  
x meadowlander : 10/9/2019 9:56 am : link
...on our dead end, laughter and yelling and talking and I look out there and they're loading coolers and chairs and tables and an ENTIRE BARBEQUE in the trunks of cars. Matty's 69' Cutlass, Uncle Joe's 67' Coronet, Al's 72' LTD. Kids are getting in too, but not me.

This was the Monroe St. tailgate prep ceremony that took place before every Giants home game. My family didn't have tickets. I didn't even like football yet.

A couple of years went by, and Joe Pisarcik game me my first chance. THE FUMBLE opened up a lot of tickets, and my neighbor George took me.

The tailgate parties were epic, we'd get there when the lots opened, set up at 4J and the adults drank WAY too much, full bar, kids playing football and chasing each other around the berms.

I remember the long escalator ride up to the 100 section, of the dark, shady concourses and the shock of seeing the BRIGHT GREEN field come into view for the first time, heart pumps faster.

I immediately fell in love with that shitty team, loved the culture, the fans, the stadium. The story of the Giants of the 1980's was a fantastic sports drama with amazing characters and heroes and to get to witness it all first hand was truly something to behold.

Unforgettable.

It isn't the same now. Some things are better, some things worse. Actually - I take it back. From a fan's perspective, none of the 2019 experience is better than what we had 30 years ago.

Fact is, I LOVED the franchise. I don't anymore - not like I did. PSL's, insane prices and a massive spike in injuries turned me into a fair weather fan, and the weather isn't very fair at Met.
and let's be honest here  
Greg from LI : 10/9/2019 10:01 am : link
If you were an '80s kid, a whole lot of it was due to one man. The Giants weren't always the best team, but there's much to be said for having the baddest, meanest mofo in football on your team.
RE: I love the fact that they are one of the original franchises.  
bceagle05 : 10/9/2019 10:17 am : link
In comment 14619265 Elisha10 said:
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I love that we once played at the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium.

I love this, too. In fact, I think John Mara's best moment as owner was accepting the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 42 and dedicating it to Giants fans "who have supported us for 30 years at Giants Stadium, all those years at Yankee Stadium, and some of you even back to the Polo Grounds."

Logistically it was probably impossible, but I always wished they'd hold a practice or scrimmage or something at the old Yankee Stadium before it was torn down. They could even do it now at the new building, though it wouldn't be quite the same.
RE: 1976. I was 11. Early Sunday morning, hear cars pulling up...  
Big Blue '56 : 10/9/2019 10:41 am : link
In comment 14619663 x meadowlander said:
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...on our dead end, laughter and yelling and talking and I look out there and they're loading coolers and chairs and tables and an ENTIRE BARBEQUE in the trunks of cars. Matty's 69' Cutlass, Uncle Joe's 67' Coronet, Al's 72' LTD. Kids are getting in too, but not me.

This was the Monroe St. tailgate prep ceremony that took place before every Giants home game. My family didn't have tickets. I didn't even like football yet.

A couple of years went by, and Joe Pisarcik game me my first chance. THE FUMBLE opened up a lot of tickets, and my neighbor George took me.

The tailgate parties were epic, we'd get there when the lots opened, set up at 4J and the adults drank WAY too much, full bar, kids playing football and chasing each other around the berms.

I remember the long escalator ride up to the 100 section, of the dark, shady concourses and the shock of seeing the BRIGHT GREEN field come into view for the first time, heart pumps faster.

I immediately fell in love with that shitty team, loved the culture, the fans, the stadium. The story of the Giants of the 1980's was a fantastic sports drama with amazing characters and heroes and to get to witness it all first hand was truly something to behold.

Unforgettable.

It isn't the same now. Some things are better, some things worse. Actually - I take it back. From a fan's perspective, none of the 2019 experience is better than what we had 30 years ago.

Fact is, I LOVED the franchise. I don't anymore - not like I did. PSL's, insane prices and a massive spike in injuries turned me into a fair weather fan, and the weather isn't very fair at Met.


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Fact is, I LOVED the franchise. I don't anymore - not like I did. PSL's, insane prices and a massive spike in injuries turned me into a fair weather fan, and the weather isn't very fair at Met.



At this point, I only follow the Giants and ďscoutĒ upcoming opponents on GamePass, the 45 minute, every snap version. The game has become unwatchable for me because of the rule changes(safety changes are fine with me) and mostly the officiating. I will always bleed blue, but the game in general has become a flag-laden circus
The history  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 10/9/2019 11:29 am : link
It's no coincidence you have two of the greatest coaches of all time and the greatest transformative player of all time.

And nothing matches the rivalry between Parcells/Little Bill, Walsh, and Gibbs the mad scientist to come up with crazy things to counter LT. They were the foundation and then domr of the current modern NFL.
I loved playing football as a yute  
gidiefor : Mod : 10/9/2019 2:45 pm : link
it was one of my favorite pastimes -- we played a lot of sandlot football in my neighborhood growing up and some of my favorite memories come from moments on the football field. Nothing beats the rush of a great play when you are executing it as a team - nothing!!!

I did not watch a lot of football, I played it.

My dad had one paralyzed leg from when he contracted polio as a teenager, and wore braces. He never played with us, but he could throw a football and we would play catch together occasionally. He hated the Giants because they left NY and watched football muttering all the time he was watching - so he wasn't fun to watch with.

Somewhere along the line I grew up and got married and my father in law was a passionate Giants fan. My wife's family lived on the great south bay and we would often go and spend the weekend with them and avail ourselves of the great bounty of bay life. During football season the weekend would be punctuated with the Giants game. I grew close to him and the Giants as the two of us watched the game together on a regular basis. This started as Bill Parcells became the Giants coach, and before you knew it I was hooked, lined and sinkered. You all know the 80's was a great time to grow with the team, and I did -- and I bled and bleed blue.

So I've been brought to the promised land 4 times over the past 40 years - established great memories of those successes -- suffered real anger and disappointment when Parcells left the team -- that was a bad day in the life of this Giants fan. Suffered through the R__ H______ years, then the tease of the Reeves years, then the tease of Fassell years. I flew my flag upside down after the 3rd game of the season when Fassel was in his last year and felt great joy when he was fired. I knew Coughlin and then Eli were going to take us back to glory... and they did.. and they delivered much joy to this devoted fan....

...and of course there is this place and the extended community of fans I have surrounded my self with. My second wife and I were fortunate to travel with a group of BBIers, and thanks to Bill2's support, to London in 2017 which built a whole bunch more of great memories .. with follow ups to Giants stadium and then the immortal slaying of the 18-0 Patriots

It's all part of living a rich and full life this passion.

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