| The Giants had been an NFL laughingstock for close to two decades, just an inept joke of a franchise. The 50's Giants Championship teams were pre-Super Bowl glory days only older fans remembered. A perennial punching bag for the Cowboys and Eagles, always on the wrong end of trash talk.
What a fun season 1981 was for Giants fans:
- LT explodes like a supernova on the NFL scene, and the whole team dynamic changes. Everybody is talking about him and the Giants
- Bill Parcells' comes in as DC, switches from the old 4-3 to the 3-4 and suddenly Taylor, Carson, Van Pelt and Kelly are *THE* stud group of LB's just wrecking people
- Still not much talent on O, but Phil Simms starts to look like a real QB of future after two seasons lost to injuries and lousy teams
- 4th Rd pick Bill Neill emerges as a beast at NT, combining with undrafted Curtis McGriff and Gary Jeter to form a super tough D-Line that nobody was running on.
- George Young trades a 4th Rd? pick for FB Rob Carpenter (stuck on the bench behind Earl Campbell) mid-season, and the kid rips off back to back 100 yd games and suddenly we have a running attack.
- Simms goes down against Washington in November and we lose in OT, but Scott Brunner plays better than anybody expects and there's still a glimmer.
- The build up for the final game of the season is crazy, with a lot of doom-and-gloom, we-cant-beat-the-Tom-Landry-Cowboys shit flying around. But, then blocking TE Tom Mullady catches his only TD of the season in the 2nd half, and cardiac Joe Danelo kicks the game winner in OT to FINALLY beat Dallas and get into the playoffs, and every Giants fan is going batshit crazy!!
- The first Giants playoff game since the Kennedy administration is against Philly at the shithole Vet, and the talk everywhere is how the lucky / fluky Giants will get crushed by the defending NFC Champ Ron Jaworski Eagles, but on 3rd and long Punt Returner Leon Bright loops out of the backfield for his only TD catch of the season...
A play I will NEVER forget, me and my great old Dad going going crazy together in front of a tiny little TV
...Scott Brunner tosses a couple more TD passes, and we beat Philly for the first playoff win since the Frank Gifford days, and it's mass hysteria!!
Yea, the Giants lose the following week to the eventual SB champ 49ers, but the G-Men didn't back down an inch and played them tough all day.
Everything was different after 1981. Every. Damn. Thing. was different.
|during the Dallas game. All the ushers were whispering the score back and forth.|