One thing that this year can teach even the most novices of NFL fans is that “any given Sunday” will never dissipate and reigns supreme some weeks. One thing that this season in particular has shown: many take their football and teams in particular on the cusp of entirely too seriously. Before readers flip that proverbial nugget and cease to read the remainder, realize that personal guilt could be the only factor for caught feelings here.
As each week in this 2013 New York Giants season slipped out of a palpable grasp, head coach Tom Coughlin did his best to gain composure and big blue faith in his players and coaching staff. Seemingly, that did translate appropriately, but it wasn’t enough. Those that know coach and this franchise: playing for pride is the Giants way under Coughlin. Asking for them to lie down and “lose out for a better draft pick” is ludicrous and won’t happen. Professionals don’t have that mind frame.
“You get into this game because you love playing football. You love competing. You love going out there and trying to win a football game,” said quarterback Eli Manning. “In that aspect nothing has changed. We want to go win a game and play well. We’re going to work hard and game plan and prepare and then hopefully we can go out there Sunday and play a good game.”
While folks may get tired of hearing that type of optimistic vernacular, don’t expect it to change. Nothing in blue will fade to black as many frustrated fans have done weeks ago. Frustration has reached every level of the blue-tinged spectrum. Have you not listened to the extreme facetiousness that remains in Coughlin’s answers to the media? Some days, there are some of us that wish he’d pull a Bill Parcells-like answer on them.
Anyway, back to being angry and how folks are dealing with it. Besides attacking one another and the players (social media has given a level of empowerment to most that direct contact never would), sports fans are also spewing the most insane statements. Whether there truly is a lack of knowledge or said anger is being translated into a form of release known as trolling, it doesn’t matter.
Eli Manning will not be benched for the remainder of the games
No matter how many times it is repeated in voice, type or print/script, Kevin Gilbride will not be placed where majority votes are counted.
Ditto for Perry Fewell.
Jerry Reese will not (and seriously cannot) spend more than the NFL salary cap will allow — there is a penalty for such.
Cutting some of the best players/leaders will not fix the cap (see safety Antrel Rolle as example number one).
“Just get rid of everyone; rebuild” is not the answer, either.
In the midst of a losing season, it is without a doubt hard to face adversity and be resilient and trust those in charge, but to lose all touch with reality and/or reign in misery? As adults, most should have better things to occupy free time — like realize that sarcasm is utilized as a form of humor. It helps when you don’t lose it.
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