Column: A Giant-sized hole in the win column
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 00:10
For the better part of my time as a sports fan, too many of my favorite teams have been on the wrong side of dissapointment. The New York Rangers have come up short in the playoffs the past few years, the Knicks can’t seem to find the missing piece to their contender formula, and the Mets, well, let’s just say it’s hard being a Mets fan.
But when it comes to football, my favorite team has been able to keep me afloat amongst the countless losses and disappointments amongst my other favorite teams.
Enter 2013 and the winless New York Football Giants.
The Giants, who have managed to win two Super Bowls since 2007, are alongside Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and Jacksonville as the four teams to enter Week 6 of this NFL season without a win. That’s right, 0-5. It’s a record that even the Browns have managed to avoid this year. But I digress.
The Giants not winning has been enough to give any fan a headache, but how the former perennial playoff threat has stumbled its way to 0-5 is the real catastrophe.
After years of being the team known for sacking quarterbacks left and right, New York’s pass rush is nearly non-existent. After countless debates surrounding the eliteness of Eli Manning, the quarterback leads the league in interceptions, pouty faces, and embarrassing comparisons to his unstoppable older brother. And after it seemed like Tom Coughlin had finally won enough in New York to quiet the critics, his head coach position is being called into question once again.
The next chance for the Giants to break through in the wins column comes tonight against the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football, where the Giants also inconceveivably have the opportunity to pull within one and a half games of first place.
That’s right, the Giants are only two games out of first place in the NFC East behind the 2-3 Cowboys. Playoffs? New York would have to go at least 8-3 over their final 11 games to end the season with an even record in a division where 8-8 may be enough to win. Regardless, I’m not holding my breath.
The Giants have managed to keep me afloat over my time as a sports fan, winning when none of my other favorite teams could. But with an 0-5 start, it’s starting to look like someone else will have to fill the winning void.
Hey, is it too late to jump on the Browns bandwagon?
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