There person been champion New York teams who relished playing successful beforehand of Giants fans, successful their house.
There were the 1969 Knicks, erstwhile the Garden exploded astatine the show of Willis Reed limping retired of the tunnel, and Game 7 against the Lakers was won close there.
There were the 1986 Mets, who with the assistance of Bill Buckner, who acceptable Shea Stadium afire successful their Game 7 against the Red Sox.
There were the 1986 Giants, who utilized the howling upwind and an take-no-prisoners defence to intimidate and whitewash Washington successful the NFC Championship astatine Giants Stadium.
There were the 1994 Rangers, ending their 54-year curse successful Game 7 against the Canucks astatine a everlastingly Garden party.
There were the 1996 Yankees, who broke an 18-year title drought with a triumph implicit the Braves successful Game 6 astatine Yankee Stadium.
There were others, of course, and they each reminded america that determination is thing sweeter than the emotion matter betwixt a squad and its town, nary greater spot to triumph than New York.
Then determination are the 2021 Giants — and excessively galore of their caller predecessors — who person learned determination is nary worse spot to suffer than New York.
When you springiness the vibe that you would alternatively play successful Siberia with nary heated benches than astatine MetLife Stadium, you get a question similar the 1 Logan Ryan was asked connected Thursday: Is playing astatine location becoming intelligence astatine each for this team? … Is playing astatine location astir becoming a disadvantage for the Giants?
The storyline connected Sunday, erstwhile you get past Daniel Jones versus Sam Darnold, the backmost the Giants drafted versus the backmost they didn’t; and Joe Judge versus Matt Rhule, the caput manager the Giants hired versus the caput manager they didn’t; and Giants versus Panthers, could precise good be:
Giants versus Giants fans.
Giants versus boobirds.
As overmuch arsenic it pierces immoderate of their souls, the Giants person earned their derision. Or did you deliberation losing 26 of their past 35 games astatine location would gain them a lasting ovation?
Win a damn game, for crying retired loud, past possibly you’ll commencement earning the respect of your fans. And who knows? Maybe they’ll beryllium convinced to enactment for the 4th fourth for a change.
A food that stinks from the caput down includes the trunk and the tail.
We person witnessed idiosyncratic players and coaches who did not person the temperament to play successful New York. A Yankees pitcher from Tennessee named Ed Whitson, who coiled up successful a barroom combat with manager Billy Martin, comes instantly to mind. … Bobby Bonilla, who wanted to amusement idiosyncratic The Bronx, his hometown. … Ray Handley ringing a bell?
Oh, and Javy Baez of the Thumbs Down Mets, who infamously said: “When we don’t get success, we’re going to get booed. So they are going to get booed erstwhile we get success.”
Maybe we shouldn’t springiness these Giants immoderate ideas.
It is harmless to presume Jones won’t flash the ’ole thumbs down to Giants fans pursuing a touchdown walk oregon rushing score, due to the fact that helium is 1 of the mentally pugnacious ones, aforesaid arsenic Eli Manning. Leonard Williams volunteering that the boos bothered him past Sunday won’t punctual fans to chopped him immoderate slack.
So it would behoove the Giants, who person looked successful much mirrors lately than immoderate Kardashian, to commencement fast, and amusement up arsenic the smart, tough, fundamentally dependable squad that Judge was capable tract past play … and lone past season.
It would behoove the Giants, who person been challenged by their caput coach, to amusement up snarling angry. Show up with the pridefulness you would expect from a squad ridiculed arsenic a laughingstock, a squad that has disgraced the azygous clip and clip again successful what should beryllium the affable confines. Show up arsenic pugnacious and tough-minded arsenic the radical of this country that Judge embraced astatine his introductory property conference. Show up playing defence ferociously capable to halt Rhule’s promised smashmouth battle and the long-lost chorus of “dee-fense, dee-fense, dee-fense” rattles Darnold’s eardrums.
If they don’t, if they can’t, the Fighting Joe Judges won’t lone beryllium warring the Panthers, they’ll beryllium warring to artifact retired the cruel, demoralizing sounds of a instrumentality basal that expected truthful overmuch more, and deserves truthful overmuch better.
The shot gods tin beryllium fickle, but it is astir apt excessively precocious for the 2021 New York Football Giants to springiness Giants fans a season.
So however astir giving them a game? Because if they don’t, the adjacent clip they spot Giants fans, they’ll beryllium wearing bags implicit their heads. Or they won’t spot galore of them astatine all.