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With New York Giants Out of Playoffs, Fans Find It Hard to Be Positive

December 15th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

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

  • Claiming you know more about football than anyone on the inside of the New York Giants organization is a lie.

  • 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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24 Responses to “With New York Giants Out of Playoffs, Fans Find It Hard to Be Positive”

  1.  Krow says:

    That about sums it up.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Jen, I hope you’re not seriously suggesting that fans retain some perspective. Surely you know that sports serve a vital function in this society (and others) as a source of belonging , as a betting outlet, and as a means of transferring unhappiness with life on to a ready target? What, if we cannot blame Eli for the fact that our lives aren’t perfect then what good is that bum? If we can’t think that each of us could run the Giants (or the US) better than the idiots doing it what kind of men would we be?

    I suggest you rethink your position and instead submit something Dan can use in the next Poor Eli piece. Shame on you.

  3.  James Stoll says:

    As a somewhat serious response to Jen’s theme, I would say this: our eyes do not lie — the team stinks. Right now, today, it is one of the 10 worst teams in the league. While it is all well and good to state the obvious–none of us fans knows more about football than the people in charge– that does not mean the people in charge have done a good job or are any good at what they do. When the team cannot compete week in week out that has to mean that the talent is lacking. And when your QB is paid like he’s the best in the game and he’s on a 21 game streak where he’s played like one of the worst, there is trouble in Peoria.
    The Giants are in a state of disarray right now. The real question we all must be asking ourselves is whether this is a one year aberration or the beginning of a
    cycle of bad teams to come. When you are terrible (and we are right now) it is hard to imagine being good again; when you win it all it is hard to conceive of
    being awful. Two years ago we were at the mountaintop, just two years later we
    are in the Valley of Death. Hopefully next year points towards ascending back to
    the top; but right now it’s hard to see. We still have 3 weeks remaining where we
    will likely be reminded that we are in the depths. Then comes the long wait.
    So while you’re busy deriding the fans for lacking optimism, don’t forget a shou-out for the clowns who made it all possible.

    So while it is all well and good to deride the fan for seeing the worst, you have to tip your hat to the clowns in charge for leaving them little choi

    •  buljos says:

      Agreed James. I for one have little tolerance for those who push the “who are you going to believe, your lying eyes or me?” mantra. The contention that people in charge know better, and therefore the only responsible course of action for us minions is to sit back and just behave ourselves while fed their truth is not within the character of this nation, whether it applies to football, or politics, or even in some cases elements of religion. As Giants fans, we reserve the right to use various methods to understand what’s transpiring before our eyes, and offer our hypotheses for scrutiny by the Socratic method. Specifically, we ask and answer questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. Ok, so communications skills and temperament vary widely. That is what it is, within the bounds of decorum that vary widely depending upon our individual skills and our level of inebriation. Nonetheless, the method involves defense of one point of view being questioned, with a participant leading another to contradict himself in some way, thus strengthening his own position. Ultimately, the better hypotheses are revealed by persistently, often vigorously and ruthlessly eliminating those that lead to contradictions. Giants fans reserve the right to seek commonly held truths that shape opinions as to why our team sucks this year, and we scrutinize them to determine their consistency with other beliefs. Deriding us for seeing the worst may dampen exercise of the Socratic method in some forums, but it most certainly won’t stop it. Fans will simply change venues to those which are more conducive to the exercise.

      • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

        I find this counterpoint rather amusing as there are fans out there who insist Antrel Rolle is the worst player on the team. Who “see” that Justin Tuck is finished. And, in theory, based solely on your argument, that would mean that they are correct and no one should question them because they see it with their own eyes.

        Yet, in the same breath, you’re telling us (ie. Jen, myself, many others) that our eyes are wrong and yours, in fact, are correct. Someone has to be wrong here, don’t they?

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Your wasting your time arguing this. As long as your opinion differs from theirs, you might as well go argue it to your ficus tree, they are not going to like it.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    Look, the team is lousy this year, as it has been many, many times previously in its history. And everyone involved with the team failed. That’s obvious. But if you think that any team can stay forever competitive in the NFL you’re kidding yourself. The league is structured to defeat consistent quality from just a few teams. This team will be back. Thank the stars we’re not on a Knicks blog. Those of us unfortunate to care about them have cause for REAL despair. 1973 is a long time ago.

  5.  Chad Eldred says:

    If there is one thing that is disgusting to me, it’s condescension, and this piece is dripping with it. Pieces such as this should be noted as strictly editorial. The author makes generalizations about the fan base without backing it up with a single quote of any sort. Not one. If you want to editorialize, fine, but at least pretend to back up your opinion with something substantial.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      See my above comment Chad, it was meant to be condescending, an effort to beat us dissenters into the right mind frame. No doubt they discussed this on their facebook page prior to it’s launch.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      Quote of any sort? You do read the comments on this site, don’t you?

      •  Chad Eldred says:

        You ask everyone to stop flexing their internet muscles. Eveyone appears to oblige. Then this gets posted. Timing is everything.

        Dan, you just made my point for me. This doesn’t even masquerade as a serious piece. It belongs in the comments section. If you want to channel Jerry Springer, go for it, but remember, Jerry didn’t actually participate in the brawls.

        I hope this was the reaction Jen was looking for. I also hope it was worth flushing whatever credibility she had built as a columnist. But now she can go back to the tree fort and tell the rest of the cool kids club “mission accomplished.”

  6.  Chad Eldred says:

    And, yeah skinny, I get it. I’m just disgusted by it. I came inside after doing snow removal and thought to myself that there would be something relevant to today’s game posted here. That the nonsense had abated and we would be focused on the game in front of us. For better or for worse. Could not have been more wrong.

  7.  Chad Eldred says:

    But I will do my part. Won’t say another word about it. Done.

    I have some gifts to buy before the game. Hitting the liquor store.

  8.  demo3356 says:

    Well well well.. Looks like our resident ankle grabbing “P” crew has their collective panties in a bunch because it appears that someone has called them on their sh it for once? Ironically its pretty clear that this piece was intended for Giants fans as a whole and not just the miserable bunch that drain the life out of this place on a daily basis. It is funny how “Butt Hurt” some of the folks here are. .Wonder if Jen accidentally hit a nerve?
    Anyway just wanted to pop in and give Props to Dan Jen and Anthony for the great articles they keep putting out. While the comment section has turned into the Eyore Stoll show, the articles INCLUDING this one continue to be top notch!

  9.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    BleedingBlueSince04 says:
    December 15, 2013 at 12:06 AM
    I hope we end up 5-11 and the 3-4 win teams win last few games . Jr with a top 10 pick should be set up for a monster draft . We have wiggle room to get free agents this year and even more so if we cut Webster, rolle, baas, Myers, kiwi and snee ( would have 30M+ in cap space) We could resign beason, tuck, Terrell Thomas , will hill , Steve brown , Andre brown , paysinger , rolle, boothe(center) , nicks (with the right price or f tag him and trade) , linval Joseph, hillis.

    We could get grimes in FA to play opposite prince.
    One very good guard in FA and draft.
    One LB hopefully that Burrow kid from LSU.
    One beast TE in draft .
    And finally one good DE like michael Bennett

    Our first two picks should be starters on day one based on a top ten pick barring injuries or lack of rookie trust by TC.

    Could also find some gems in later rounds.
    Bottomline. We have to get more athletic and younger on the offensive line and Te position . Defense needs consistent pass rush with rolle, hill, brown 3 safety look.

    Reply

  10.  WellingtonsGhost says:

    Wellington Mara motto. ‘If the Giants have an opportunity to make the playoffs going into the last game of the season, then we have done our jobs for the fans.’ FAIL

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