It's a couple of days since the end of Super Bowl XLVI, and we are entitled to enjoy the win for... well, a lifetime. Each title is a gift of timeless memories. Electric Simms in XXI. 3rd and 12 in XXV. The Helmet catch (and 3rd and 11, my favorite) in XLII. Super Mario's 38 yarder in XLVI.
Super Bowl XXI ended an entire childhood of chronically bad Giants football. Super Bowl XXV buried Flipper Anderson. Super Bowl XLII healed my wounds from the 49er Prevent Offense 38-14 insanity. Super Bowl XLVI ends the Eagle playoff loss in Jan 2009.
It's better to be lucky than good. In Super Bowl XLVI, it was better to be good and lucky.
The Giants had so much good fortune in that game. I rewatched the game in condensed version, which took 36 minutes. The number of times you see the ball get put on the ground is scary. Bullet after bullet dodged. The Giants ran the gauntlet and grabbed a championship.
If you want a view from the other side, this piece is a MUST READ. I must have laughed out loud between 10 and 20 times, listening to the torment that Eli is now putting on Patriot fans. This QB of ours is most definitely New England's daddy. The only way to do it right is just to read the linked article. You learn a lot about your team's mental toughness when you see the cracks on the other side.
Banner update: It may be a few weeks, but rest assured that we did not think for a minute about jinxing our chances with any preliminary work on the banner before the win was in the books. When I did the banner before moving over to Bloguin, I purposefully made it so that we could celebrate EVERY title the Giants won with another notch. This is the kind of intentional obsolescence that should happen to the site as regularly as possible! I like the idea of 4 titles becoming dated. As they said yesterday at City Hall, see you next year. That'll work.
I want to take a moment to thank the rest of our staff for a great season and a great year. Many of you diehard supporters who are with us all year know that it wasn't easy posting through the entire NFL strike when we didn't even know if we would have a season. That period dragged on and made blogging more like slogging. We couldn't have made it through everything without the entire Giants community. The writers, the readers, the commenters, the Giants, we got through. This team and this blog are labors of love. Getting rewarded with a title is just crazy good. Thanks Paul, Glenn, Pete, Wonder, and Rich. Celebrating a 4th Super Bowl title with our Giants community has made it a great ride.
Thanks to the UNYG staff -- as well as its readers, the commenters -- for making me the most knowledgeable Giants fan in my circle! You've really taken my knowledge of the game to another level and helped make an exceptional year all the more so.
My two fav lines from that must read article:
"Just know that the Giants fumbled five times in the last two Super Bowls and got the ball back every time. I will now pour scalding-hot coffee on my lap."
"The game came down to two plays, basically: Brady slightly missing that Welker pass; Manning not missing anything on that Manningham pass. Eli was slightly better."
Eli is better than Brady by a wide margin (call me crazy). Brady is like Emmit Smith. He is a product of the people around him. Emmit had the great Oline and Brady has the coach and the system (and an Oline that keeps him completley clean) .
Very few players in the history of the game can be great when all those around you suck and on offense that is doubly important. The 4th and 16 throw by Brady was his best pass of the season. Eli makes throws like that ALL THE TIME. They are routine for Eli, not moments of greatness.
Ah your link gave me the biggest laugh !
I just rewatched The Life of Brian by the Monty Python yesterday and the guy starts his article by "look on the bright side of life" :)
What a turnaround this season's been, unbelievable ! At the end of the day we are World Champs and that's all that matter.
Best crow I've ever eaten, for sure !
Many thanks to you, Andy, and to all the great writers who make this the best damned blog in football. Win or lose, I always can't wait to read your recaps. Just a tremendous mix of sharp, candid analysis and...well, if Coughlin can say it, I will too--love for this franchise.
Four Super Bowls. Was only 12 when they won the SB for the first time, but can well remember the pre-1986 years when I marveled that a team, like the Steelers, had won FOUR Super Bowls. (Fond memories of the Super Bowl mornings spent watching NFL Films Super Bowl highlights, back when you could fit them all in the 12 hours or so before the game started.) Granted, that's more than 25 years ago: the Steelers have now won 6, the Cowboys and Niners 5. But there's still something special about reaching that number. I'm just glad God saw to it that I'd be a fan of at least one winning organization. What a thrill the last six weeks have been.
What a season! Those of you who "believed" have been rewarded. I sit here in amazement at what I have witnessed. I will ponder this year for a very long time!
I was sour on "Blue" from the get go. I was frustrated and obviously wrong about this team. I admit that I am Not a Coughlin fan but I do "bleed" Blue.
I read a lot,watched a lot,thought a lot but as Fewell said only last week" I never considered J.P.P. was this good". This "kid" was dominant!! He had a season unlike any I have seen before. Eli was/is the glue but how many blocked passes,how many blocked F.G.'s,16 1/2 sacks later it strikes me as "greatness". No matter what the future brings there will always be 2011 for J.P.P.,Cruze,Nicks,Eli and their "band of Brothers".
Coughlin has two Super Bowl Wins so,my frustration with him,Reese and the coaching staff is mute. At the end of the day as Andy says it's all about winning and the Giants Won.
We had injuries to key players,we had big holes at linebacker,the O.L. and at running back. We had a team that went 9-7 but we Won!
Eli matured right before our eyes after years of broken dreams,Cruze was a free agent miracle that "kept on ticking",Nicks fulfilled our hopes for him and Fewell suddenly believed!
I spent the entire pre-season arguing that the Tampa-Two was a "loser". I said it was a "complimentary defense that could Not be our primary defense but it was". I would argue that the game we went back to pressure,the day we played press,the day we used our guys and played to our strengths the improbable became an unstoppable force.
Eli Manning had the season that Ernie Acorsi thought he could and it took 8 years but in the end,he did it. We witnessed perhaps,the greatest clutch football ever!
I thought it was brazen when Eli stood up and said he was "elite". It turns out that he was. He had as good a season as most anyone has ever had as time and again he created miracles.
The Giants were statistically one of the worst teams to go Super but they did.
With a poor running game,a poor run defense and an offensive offensive line they did it.
Let's celebrate what we witnessed and hold it close. My fellow writers were great as they more than I got on board this WMD. I salute them and all of you who come here