Contrary to popular belief, the New York Jets did, in fact, win a trophy in 2011. No, it was not the Lombardi Trophy, nor was it the Lamar Hunt Trophy, but they did receive the Snoopy Trophy for their 17-3 victory over the New York Giants in Week three of the 2011 preseason. In a year that was considered a huge disappointment for the Giants' cross-town rival, receiving the Snoopy Trophy was probably the most significant thing the Jets did all season.
However, as the Giants went on to win their second Lombardi Trophy in four years, the Jets would not let themselves be out done. This offseason, they acquired Tim Tebow to come in and provide some competition for Mark Sanchez at the quarterback position.
Obviously, Tim Tebow brings along a immense, passionate group of followers who often let their blinding adoration for his off the field actions shield them from his shortcomings on the gridiron. This has only increased the amount of intense, yet puzzling media attention that is constantly shed upon the Jets.
As the Giants begin to prepare for their annual preseason bout with Gang Green, they are becoming wary of the endless onslaught of questions concerning their "little brothers". Today, Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck echoed these sentiments during a session with the media.
"That’s where we’re going with this session? Last time I checked I played for the Giants and I’ve only heard one question about the Giants," Tuck said. "I really don’t want to talk about the Jets."
Although it's entertaining for fans to engage in back and forth debates regarding the Giants and Jets, the fact is that neither is each other's biggest rival. For Big Blue, their divisional foes, each of whom they meet twice every season, represent greater importance than do the Jets.
When asked about how he feels about the Giants vs Jets rivalry, Mathias Kiwanuka stated that although he respects the Jets', they are not his main concern at this point of the season.
"The ones that are going to impact your season, I think that’s what we see as the biggest rivals," Mathias Kiwanuka said. "There’s Dallas, Philly, Washington and anybody in the NFC. But there is a little bit added to it because we’re in the same city and visit the same places so you want to be able to be the best in your own town."
Hopefully, Big Blue can escape this game unscathed in the injury department. Since the inception of the Rex Ryan era, the Jets have been known to make this game out to be more than just a preseason matchup, but to be one that will somehow prove the victor to be the most superior football team in New York. Not only could that statement not be further from the truth, but it has resulted in the Jets' unnecessarily injuring Giants' players over the years.
While the game is obviously worth watching, make sure to focus on how certain question marks on the Giants roster are performing, not on the actual score at the end of the contest.
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