The Fluctuating Extremes Of Being A New York Giants Fan

By Jeff Nelson
New York Giants
Mitch Stringer- USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are a team in the NFL that is, simultaneously, both the most rewarding and punishing to follow.

New York’s fan base is aware that they have won two Super Bowl Championships in the past six years — a sign that, when the Giants are winning, they dominate immaculately. In 2012, New York throttled the San Francisco 49ers in a blowout victory.

The latter would later go on to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl after a stellar playoff performance from breakout QB, Colin Kaepernick.

In the beginning of 2010, New York’s pass rush was tenacious to the point where opposing quarterbacks succumbed to game-ending injuries during each game. Big Blue’s stingy defense looked as though it would be impenetrable by even the most explosive offense.

In addition, QB Eli Manning was developing a phenomenal connection with then second-year wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Believe it or not, there was early season chatter of Nicks being a viable MVP candidate.

Moreover, at the beginning of 2009, New York was riding a five-game winning streak where they made their opponents look as though they belonged in the now-embattled United Football League.

Enter the dark side — an extreme that has, undoubtedly, caused Giants fans the world over to cry out in fury at their television screen. This can be epitomized in the sixth game of New York’s 2009 Season. After coasting through five mediocre teams, the Giants rolled into Louisiana to face the future World Champion New Orleans Saints.

Record-setting QB Drew Brees proceeded to thoroughly dismantle the Giants defense, and the Saints enjoyed an unopposed victory in what was hyped as a marquee matchup.

Another example can be seen in the dreaded 2010 game when the seemingly unconquerable Philadelphia Eagles came to Metlife Stadium. After enjoying an easy three quarters, the Giants lost the game in a conclusion that haunts New York fans to the same degree that David Tyree’s helmet catch haunts New England Patriots fans.

In 2011, a season that ultimately ended triumphantly for Big Blue, the Giants were beaten twice by the pre- Robert Griffin III Washingon Redskins — a team that was widely regarded to be among the NFL’s most inept.

While New York did ultimately win the ultimate prize, it furthers the point that the Giants experience most glorious of victories. But, when New York loses, the defeat is seldom in casual fashion. Losses for New York are often routs of the most demoralizing nature.

Analysts have exchanged various ideas as to why New York is so quick to jump between extremes. But, maybe ESPN Analyst Trent Dilfer got it right when he referred to the G-Men as “crazy” after their 2012 victory against the Saints.

Only one thing is for sure; being a Giants fan is an experience that can differ drastically with the passing of every Sunday.

Jeff Nelson  is a New York Giants writer for Follow him on Twitter @JNelson53_12, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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