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thrunthrublue : 11/15/2019 9:30 pm
41 years ago, the miracle in the meadowlands.....the maras were finally embarrassed enough, and at their wits end with their hapless and hopeless New York giants. How time flies. At least the replay is in color, although in the old 4x3 aspect ratio.... lets hope, for a resurgent 2020 version of george young, so at least as they rebuild once again, they can do so with some exciting defensive players and mindset, because as of now, this team might as well be getting out of a mr. Softie truck as they arrive at the stadium.
What replay?  
Ivan15 : 11/15/2019 10:05 pm : link
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As a Giants fan,  
exiled : 11/15/2019 11:34 pm : link
I call it ‘the fumble,’ not ‘the miracle...’

I know it ultimately changed everything for the team, but man, that was a tough, tough loss to stomach.
RE: As a Giants fan,  
PatersonPlank : 11/15/2019 11:49 pm : link
In comment 14680642 exiled said:
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I call it ‘the fumble,’ not ‘the miracle...’

I know it ultimately changed everything for the team, but man, that was a tough, tough loss to stomach.


Yes, its The Fumble. It was anything but a miracle.
Agreed...  
GA5 : 11/15/2019 11:53 pm : link
It is known round these parts as “ The Fumble Game.” It was not a miracle. It was gross incompetence. I was there. My friend convinced me that, since the Giants had the lead, we could leave a little early to beat the traffic. As we walked to our car, a huge roar went up from the crowd. We rushed the final distance to the car, turned on the radio, and heard the bad news. What a debacle! The offensive coordinator had to lock himself in the spotters booth to keep himself from the unhinged fans. The next home game, tickets were burned, planes were flown, and regime change commenced after the season. Oh, and we never left a game early again.
Funny but that's the game that cemented me as a Giants fan  
oghwga : 11/16/2019 7:32 am : link
We weren't a major football watching family but I watched a lot. Giants were always bad and I watched a lot of other games on fuzzy channel ten out of Philly.
But I watched that game live and that level of awfulness I knew was something I had to firmly get behind. Loyal ever since.
Was there that day in the Meadowlands  
Jimmy Googs : 11/16/2019 7:36 am : link
actually walking down the steps in upper deck from my seat when the play occurred.

We all stopped and stood there for a minute in shock, and then proceeded onto the escalators down talking about what a shit-show this team was...
I was there...  
EricJ : 11/16/2019 7:46 am : link
and remember exactly where I was standing when that play happened.

Thanks for scratching open an old wound
I was there ... section 110, row 36, can’t remember the seat number ..  
Spider56 : 11/16/2019 8:36 am : link
But I do remember cursing so long and hard that my throat hurt as much as my head and my heart. To this day I still can’t believe the stupidity of the play call. Shit, now my BP is up again.
RE: RE: As a Giants fan,  
Mike from Ohio : 11/16/2019 8:53 am : link
In comment 14680646 PatersonPlank said:
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In comment 14680642 exiled said:


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I call it ‘the fumble,’ not ‘the miracle...’

I know it ultimately changed everything for the team, but man, that was a tough, tough loss to stomach.



Yes, its The Fumble. It was anything but a miracle.


In NFL-wide vernacular, The Fumble is Ernest Byner’s fumble in the 1987 playoffs against the Broncos, and the Pisarcik fumble is the Miracle at the Meadowlands. Seems sort odd for one team’s fan base to just give different names to famous plays.

While even Raider fans mock :”The Immaculate Reception” on the belief it was not a legal catch, they don’t pretend that isn’t what the play is known as.
It was the best thing that ever happened to the Giants  
BillT : 11/16/2019 9:01 am : link
I was watching it and yes it was terrible to see. But it’s led to four Super Bowl titles. Philly had to wait, what? 38 years to get one.
RE: As a Giants fan,  
rnargi : 11/16/2019 9:04 am : link
In comment 14680642 exiled said:
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I call it ‘the fumble,’ not ‘the miracle...’

I know it ultimately changed everything for the team, but man, that was a tough, tough loss to stomach.


Yup. The fumble. My dad never said a word. Slapped his palms on his thighs, looked at me, got up, shut off the TV, and left the room. I just sat there stunned.
That fumble led to me being a fan...  
x meadowlander : 11/16/2019 9:08 am : link
...grew up 3 miles from stadium, but in first seasons, tickets were hard to come by. After that fumble, tickets became available and I began going - was a Denver fan initially, but quickly fell in love with the fan culture, the tailgating, that sad sack team.
RE: I was there ... section 110, row 36, can’t remember the seat number ..  
EricJ : 11/16/2019 9:27 am : link
In comment 14680743 Spider56 said:
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But I do remember cursing so long and hard that my throat hurt as much as my head and my heart. To this day I still can’t believe the stupidity of the play call. Shit, now my BP is up again.


I was in my usual seat... section 131, row 2, seat 12. However, the game was virtually over and we were already walking around the concourse heading towards the exit. We were watching right behind the handicapped section and saw it all happen.
Just sat there saying  
Dave on the UWS : 11/16/2019 2:37 pm : link
“Are you f-ing kidding me! How could Shurmur call that!” (Oops, wrong era)
🤔
Was there sitting in the upper deck  
micky : 11/16/2019 2:45 pm : link
And when the play occured, some numbskull was walking down the aisle and stopped, blocking my view. Then stood there as if in shocked. I looked around him and saw Herm Edwards running around celebrating. Then the guy kept walking to exits talking about what occurred.

😕
RE: RE: RE: As a Giants fan,  
Bramton1 : 11/16/2019 7:32 pm : link
In comment 14680756 Mike from Ohio said:
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In comment 14680646 PatersonPlank said:


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In comment 14680642 exiled said:


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I call it ‘the fumble,’ not ‘the miracle...’

I know it ultimately changed everything for the team, but man, that was a tough, tough loss to stomach.



Yes, its The Fumble. It was anything but a miracle.



In NFL-wide vernacular, The Fumble is Ernest Byner’s fumble in the 1987 playoffs against the Broncos, and the Pisarcik fumble is the Miracle at the Meadowlands. Seems sort odd for one team’s fan base to just give different names to famous plays.

While even Raider fans mock :”The Immaculate Reception” on the belief it was not a legal catch, they don’t pretend that isn’t what the play is known as.


Giants' fans called that play "The Fumble" long before Earnest Byner screwed up in January 1988.
Both the Jets and the Giants  
arniefez : 11/16/2019 9:12 pm : link
were about to win their games at the same time that day. 5 minutes before the fumble I'm thinking wow they're both going to win. Giants just had to kill the clock and the Jets were down 2 and just had to kick a short FG to win. Giants fumbled. Jets missed the kick. 1970's NY football. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Someone said above that the fumble was the best thing that ever happened for Giants fans and I agree. You know what else was great for Giant fans? 2003. Which turned into a needed coaching change and Eli Manning. If 2-14 this year turns into Chase Young and a much needed coaching change that would be excellent.
I got a color TV out of that game.  
Raultney : 11/16/2019 9:44 pm : link
Was watching on a 13" B&W TV that I had in my college dorm room. Graduated in February of '78 and moved into my first apartment in October.

As soon as Herman Edwards started galloping towards the end zone I threw my heavy beer mug at the TV and shattered the screen.

My grandfather calls me and says, "Did you see that?" I told him to story and he tells me to come over and pick up his extra TV.

Agree on "the most important play in Giants history" comments
Ugh.  
Raultney : 11/16/2019 10:01 pm : link
"to story" = "the story"
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