Don’t think for a second that the doubt expressed by many New York Giants fans throughout the offseason and early in the regular season escaped the players themselves. They were all well aware that the media was doubting them, but they were also well aware that many members of their very own fanbase were doubting them.
Running back Brandon Jacobs addressed that doubt on Thursday, and to say he is displeased by the non-belief would be a bit of an understatement.
“The people outside that want to say they’re fans and don’t believe in us, I can care less if they ever believed in us,” Jacobs said. “They don’t mean anything to us if they don’t believe in us. They can go back and finish living their miserable lives as they’ve been living and hoping that we lose.”
Jacobs isn’t the first member of the Giants to rip fans this year; Pat Hanlon, the Vice President of Communications, also stuck it to some critical fans in mid-August via Twitter, going as far as to call one fan a “knucklehead.”
Fans are fans and fans are fickle. At the end of the day, they pay for their right to question the Giants’ offseason moves and they pay for their right to doubt the team. It’s not always necessarily logical, and it’s certainly not something we here at Giants 101 predominantly agree with, but they are well within their rights to complain and cast doubt. It’s the nature of being a fan, and quite frankly, if they weren’t a true fan they wouldn’t care at all.