Life as a New York Giants Fan in New England – Especially This Season

Let’s get this out of the way first: Yes, I know the New York football Giants suck. And yes, I’m going to stick it out.

Since middle school, I have been a Giants fan, and that’s caused some trouble for me over the years, mostly because I live in New England, AKA Patriots territory. I’m not a Pats fan because I’ve never liked them (the same reason why I’m a Red Sox fan and not a Yankees fan). I miss the glory days of the two Super Bowl championships in 2007 and 2011 because it’s not fun being 2-9 so far this season.

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Last season seemed promising as the team finished the regular season 11-5 and got to the postseason for the first time since the 2011 Super Bowl win, although suffering a 38-13 loss to the Packers. It’s like the entire team forgot how to play football coming into this season.

The Giants started the 2017 season 0-5, losing two games to last-second field goals by the other team (Weeks 3 and 4 against the Eagles and Bucs, respectively). During Week 5, the team lost most of its receiving corps to injuries: Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. All three received season-ending surgeries, and I’m hoping they got a deal, like buy two get one free.

Since then, the majority of the team has been on the IR.

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I’ve made a habit of not watching the games, but I sucked it up last Sunday and watched an entire game, which was their second (!) win of the season. And boy was it bad. The final score was 12-9, Giants, and the game went into overtime because the Giants kicker missed a PAT in the first quarter that would have given them the lead by the end of the game. Eli Manning was 19/35, and I didn’t know a single name of any player catching (or, in this game, dropping) the ball. (Not going to lie, though, but I didn’t want a minute of the Thanksgiving night game.)

I’m just patiently waiting for the season to be over so they can fire Ben McAdoo, because he’s been horrible as a head coach. Sure, last season the Giants actually looked like a decent football team, but something’s just not working this season. McAdoo was calling plays for the first five games and thankfully gave up those duties to Mike Sullivan, the offensive coordinator. You know, the person who should actually be calling offensive plays.

So, I already have my sights on next year with a hope that the Giants can make it out alive this season. If we could only go back to the glory days of 2011.

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