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Osi Umenyiora Will “Bet His Life” New York Giants Fans Miss Him Next Season

January 7th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

'Aaron Rodgers, Osi Umenyiora' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ As of Monday afternoon, 71% of all New York Daily News readers wanted the New York Giants to "dump" defensive end Osi Umenyiora. Having already said it's likely time to move on, Umenyiora wasn't overly offended that so many fans want him gone, but he had a promise for each of them. In fact, he went as far as to "bet his life" that those 71% of fans would be missing him in 2013.

"That same 71% will be saying 'why didn't the giants re-sign him' next season. Lol. I can bet my life on that!" Umenyiora tweeted.

Giants fans are fickle under head coach Tom Coughlin. They are so used to winning that they've become spoiled. We've seen it with Brandon Jacobs, Plaxico Burress and even Aaron Ross this past season. It's always easy for a fan to say goodbye to an athlete when they expect better results from some fresh blood, but they are often quick to long for what they once had.

Umenyiora has been a tremendous player for Big Blue since being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He's a two-time Super Bowl champion, two-time Pro Bowler, two-time All Pro selection, the NFL sacks leader in 2005 and holds a handful of franchise and NFL records. Simply put? Umenyioras don't come around all too often.

Yes, it may be time for the Giants and Umenyiora to part ways, but he is right about one thing: a large number of fans will be standing up tall asking "how could the Giants let him go?" the second he records a strip sack next season.

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32 Responses to “Osi Umenyiora Will “Bet His Life” New York Giants Fans Miss Him Next Season”

  1.  Krow says:

    Anybody can respond to a poll. ‘Daily News readers’ probably are the same people who think the Nazis were all about imposing their dream of universal healthcare on Europe.

    •  Chad Eldred says:

      For the love of Pete, really? Don’t we already have a political commentator here?

      •  Krow says:

        Sorry, j/k … I thought everyone knew that was a ridiculous idea.

        •  Chad Eldred says:

          I get it, I just cringe at what it opens the door to. I come to this site for a respite from reality. I work in a politically charged environment where ridiculous comments lead to arguments where friends become enemies. I like the fact that the most serious bickering here is about topics like Ramses Barden or defensive schemes. It’s my personal bias, I admit and I apologize for it.

          •  Krow says:

            I’m sorry too … I didn’t mean it in any way political. Just poking fun at the Daily News … which I sometimes read myself. But yes, I get your point. Not a door either of us want opened.

      •  G-MenFan says:

        Mocking the Nazi party rises to “political commentary”?

        I take it you’re not a big “Hogan’s Heroes” guy.

    •  jfunk says:

      Agreed. I highly doubt the average responder to the Daily News poll even watches 16 games a year, let alone pays careful attention to the details.

      I don’t really think there are many Giants fans out there that would say they simply want Osi gone, period. Anybody arguing he will be gone is generally doing so based on all of the mitigating circumstances and would rather he stay if it were a perfect world.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    I’m with Osi. He has been seriously under-appreciated and in a better scheme will be an impact player in 2013. You know all those times that an offensive tackle pushed him outside the pocket (to the consternation of all Giants fans)? That would not happen if the tackle had to also be concerned about a blitz that was judiciously used and could come from either a linebacker or defensive back.

    I’d estimate that over the course of his career Osi made more game-changing plays than any member of the Giants’ defense during the same period. And he can still bring it. I’m NOT saying we should sign him. We probably cannot afford it. But I certainly will miss him and I think he’s right in saying so will everyone else.

  3.  norm says:

    Whassup, my G101 peeps!

    Been awhile but ish has been crazy for me out here in meatspace the last few months. I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll simply say that recent events have dictated that Analog Norm shut down avatar norm indefinitely.

    I hafta say: My absence from this site made the Giants long, slow slide into irrelevancy an even less enjoyable experience. Win or lose, being a fan just isn’t as gratifying when experienced as a solitary pursuit. For me, rooting for a team has never just been about cheering for players or “the laundry.” At its best, it’s a loyalty to something that is shared by a community. Whether that’s exulting after a win or commiserating after a humiliating defeat, the collective fan experience reminds us of the rewards of belonging to something that’s bigger than oneself.

    That’s what I’ve come to find here at G101 and it has greatly enhanced my life as a Giants fan over the past several seasons. It was something I sorely missed over the last two months of the season. Without it, the games lost any feeling of significance and were just… football games. And not very good ones, at that.

    But I come here today not to wax philosophical or offer up one of my (many) opinions on The State of the Giants, 2013. No, I come to make good on a debt, payment of which is long overdue.

    Prior to the season, jfunk and I wagered on the number of receptions Martellus Bennett would total in his first year as a Giant. jfunk said 50 or more; I said fewer. The loser was to come on here and write a paean to the brilliance of the winner.

    Painful as it is for me to ever acknowledge any brilliance greater than my own, I am a man who always pays off his bets. So without further ado, I offer up the following bit of doggerel as payment.

    I thought “He must be drunk
    That man we all know as jfunk.”

    Here, he said, Bennett would thrive
    I scoffed and said: “Not with Killdrive.”

    “The OC, in whose infinite wisdom
    Never throws to tight ends in his system.”

    “Bennett is here strictly to block.
    And his hands? They’re made out of rock.”

    jfunk simply laughed and said “Don’t be a dope;
    I’ve got two words for you: Mike. Pope.”

    “A few weeks with Pope and Marty B straight
    And B catching balls at an unheard of rate!”

    Thus our debate blew up like Benton’s pager
    Until jfunk and I decided on a wager.

    jfunk crowed “Marty will catch 60!”… but I took pity
    And graciously reduced that number to fiddy.

    When he opened the year with four grabs against Dallas
    I felt my pea-sized heart swell up with malice.

    Game after game, getting looks like Internet porn
    There was just no stopping the Black Unicorn

    He made catch after catch as the season wore on
    Making me feel more and more like a moron.

    When a knee sprain slowed Marty’s torrid pace
    “Finally!” I figured “I’m right back in this race.”

    But soon Marty was back, showing off his hands
    Even catching a fan who tumbled from the stands.

    Before Christmas, came the blowout in Atlanta
    Where Marty B delivered for jfunk like Santa.

    My bet – and the Giants hopes – were no longer alive
    As Bennett caught No. 50 en route to 55.

    Damn! If I hadn’t reduced it from 60 to fiddy
    I wouldn’t have had to write this stupid fvkkin’ ditty!

    And with that, I now consider my debt to jfunk paid in full. I will now retreat back into the shadows until such time as I am able to fully return and regularly weary all and sundry with my interminable posts on all matters Giants.

    And, oh yeah, Killdrive still sucks.

  4.  Krow says:

    Osi will definitely be missed. But he has it in his power to fix the situation. All he has to do is … wait for it … drum roll … … … negotiate a deal with the Giants.

    He got paid about $6,000,000 this year. Once can assume that’s what the team might go for. Oh, say 3 years … $20 mil … ish … thereabouts. Not exactly slave wages.

    Take it Osi.

    But if instead you wh0re yourself out to the highest bidder … then please, just take the money and spare us the sob story about being missed. Because you’re leaving us … not the other way round.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    I’m a big Osi fan. I like him unlike most now. I think he has been underrated as a player, especially since he b*tched about his contract. Osi while clearly not a stud against the run overall was never as bad as rumored against the run. However, from his performance this year I can see us not missing him much if at all. Given how poorly JPP and Tuck played if those two revert back to form we could be better at DE. Add to that I think Kiwi (assuming he moves back to DE fulltime) should be better as a fulltime DE, he’s not Osi as a pass rusher but can do well enough.

    Though I think Osi has good years left I think his departure can be more like Jacobs and less like Manningham. Jacobs was missed emotionally but not on the field. Manningham was missed but I still think we made the right decision.

    •  Krow says:

      I want to see how much he gets in comparison to what Reese offers. Success is fleeting … and in the NFL sometimes it’s very dependent on how you fit with a particular team.

      Often players are foolish in this regard *cough* Jacobs *cough*, and leave clubs that value them for a few extra dollars. Dollars that many times they never get.

      Ego friendly back-loaded deals … long term contracts unscrupulous GMs know they’ll never fulfill … it’s a suckers game. Hopefully Osi makes the right decision.

  6.  JimStoll says:

    repost:

    jfunk says:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM
    Jim,

    I take issue with the frequent invocation of “luck” as the only explanation for Coughlin’s two championships. Bottom line, that’s a bunch of crap.

    Overall, Coughlin has produced excellent results as a coach wherever he has been. What he did with the Jaguars was incredibly impressive up until the whole thing kind of got away from him the last couple years.

    Could he be better? Of course, and I certainly don’t take issue with we fans discussing the ways in which we believe or hope he could do a better job. However, that doesn’t mean he’s a mediocre coach or he is “lucky” to have two rings (any more so than everybody is, because it certainly requires breaks along the way to win it for anybody).

    His system works. Period. His teams are consistent contenders. Major holes/failures are almost always corrected the following season.

    I understand your gripe, I really do. But what does that gripe boil down to? That he needs to find a way to win one more game each year. One more game each year, and he doesn’t suffer through these near misses like 10 & 12. But I think it’s absurd to take that sliver of failure that may keep him from the ranks of all time greats and knock him down into the realm of really good but mortal coaches and say it means his championships were just luck.

    Those teams weren’t in position to challenge because of luck. They didn’t win 4 consecutive games against playoff teams because of luck. They didn’t play their best football in the biggest moments because of luck. They did those things because they were prepared to succeed. They were prepared to succeed by Tom Coughlin’s system. And it works, better than most coach’s systems do.

    Reply
    JimStoll says:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM
    I hear you on the luck thing — they didn’t win their games in the ’07 and ’11 playoffs by luck — they won them by outplaying their opponents
    what I refer to as “luck”, is playing pretty poor football all season long and then suddenly flipping a switch and playing gang-busters
    I don’t know how to explain it
    but it can’t be (IMHO) good coaching — where is that coaching the entire season
    and to say we are contenders, well, while true, we contend at or about .500 — that’s the nature of a 32 team league with 12 teams playoff eligible
    wait until the playoffs get expanded to 16 teamsl; then 7-9, maybe even 6-10 , will contend — will that be good coaching?

    in the end, you are what your record says you are and our record more often than not says .500-ish — and in my book that’s mediocre

    Reply
    LUZZ says:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM
    This is where we differ, my friend. I say you r as good as the amount of rings you have.

    Reply
    Grateful Giants says:
    January 7, 2013 at 2:42 PM
    jfunk thank you!

    As we all sat and watched the games played this weekend, I can’t help but be annoyed when someone STILL calls this team winning 12 games last year luck. Call it what you want, we won 12 games, 9-7 got us in, thats all we needed, this year, 9-7 didn’t the year before was 10-6 and we didn’t make it.

    What you need to realize is that the places you seem to want the giants to be consistent, in the regular season in the NFC east, in the North eastern united states, its just not possible. Sure there is a team in New Englad, but dude, we can’t compare ourselves to them, they get 6 free wins.

    Put us in ANY OTHER DIVISION, any other division ESPECIALLY THE AFC EAST and I guarentee we make the playoffs 100 times out of 100 and that isn’t because we are any better, or our talent is any better, it is simply because we don’t get cakewalks like the Pats, Packers, Steelers, and anyone else who you I guess compare us to.

    I just don’t understand how any statement can be made “with the exeption of 07 and 11.” “average” teams don’t win the superbowl…EVER. ever, never ever ever ever.

    Reply

    again, I didn’t say the winning of each game was luck; I said the turning it on after an entire season of pretty bad football was luck

    but as to whether we are average or not, remember, aside from our .500-ish record, we have missed the playoffs altogether 3 of the last 4 years

    •  Grateful Giants says:

      I understand, and its the chicken or the egg I guess, because in 5 years we have won 2 super bowls…

      I’d take 2 SBs and 0 other playoffs appearances every 5 years for the rest of my life, and be the happiest football fan in the world.

      We could have just lost our first playoff game in 15 years. like the skins, we could be the laughing stock of the league in the Jets, we could have a rapingburger, or dogkiller on our side.

      Mediocre doesn’t win super bowls. Average doesn’t have a switch to even turn on. I understand your argument, I just don’t think you realize how good we have it.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      GG while I don’t agree with Jim I do think it’s silly to think that our division is better than so many others. Really no evidence supports that the last 5 years. We are clearly not the worse but we haven’t been the best. Like Pitt, really? Bmore has been in the playoffs every year and Cin 3 out of 4 years. I do think the division we play it’s hard to win games versus each other but I think that’s due more to real rivaries and great fan bases.

      •  Grateful Giants says:

        I know what you mean, but the fact is in the time that the steelers have won their superbowls they did get 4 wins from their stellar divisional teams (browns and bengals). I believe one win was even against those Bengals in the playoffs.

        I would also bet the NFC East has never had 2 teams lose all 6 games in their division in the same season. Each year, it seems another team from the NFC East represents the division, something that can not be said for the AFC East.

        The Steelers I put up as one of the few teams to win a Superbowl since we did, and they too, missed the playoffs this season.

        I guess my point is that we are MUCH better off than 90% of the teams in the league, 90% of the fans that sit on their couch and watch this game every sunday. To try to ignore the success we have while saying we are muddled in mediocrity is an absolute lie.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    norm returns!!! Can TOGM be far behind? What about njmom? And maybe, someday, Frank will return and then we can really get going on the debate about just how badly the Giants blow.

    How about you crazed college ball fans telling the rest of us which players we should be watching tonight who just might be Giants in 2013? I’ll happily take the corner from ‘Bama, the nose tackle from ‘Bama, that pretty decent LB from Notre Dame and the tight end from the Fighting Irish. Who else you got?

  8.  AdamGmen says:

    I could list all the things I WON’T miss about Osi, and there are a few. But I will take the high road, he did make big plays in big games…that I will miss. That strip of Rodgers last year really changed that game.

  9.  GOAT56 says:

    DeAngelo Hall willing to talk renegotiation to stay in Washington

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/07/deangelo-hall-willing-to-talk-renegotiation-to-stay-in-washington/

    I hope CWeb is thinking the same way. While I think Webster has been a better player this year Hall was and he’s still willing to re-negotiate.

  10.  G-MenFan says:

    With JPP stepping into the full-time right DE role, I don’t think we’ll be missing Osi all that much. Honestly.

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