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New York Giants Bye Week Blues: Reflect, Relax & Enjoy

November 17th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Jen Polashock

As one of the last NFL teams to reach their bye week, the New York Giants are undoubtedly welcoming a technical week off from a game that counts towards their 2012 season record. That ’12 record so far is 6-4, not the reverse. Quarterback Eli Manning remains positive heading into the much-needed bye.

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"We're still in a good position," said Manning. "If you said after 10 games, we'd be winning our division, you take that every time."

It’s been discussed already that so much more is expected from this Big Blue franchise than what’s been exhibited thus far. High expectations lead to swift letdowns and ensuing hasty negative reaction. Welcome to football fandom. Here’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the brief relaxation that accompanies a bye week for the fans as well as some of the players.

Every year, our beloved G-Men unfortunately have a less than stellar game/performance. Walk into a weekend off knowing it is over and hopefully part of the previous half of this 2012 season. Leave stress where it belongs: in the past where seven days ago remains. There is still football to watch. If you are that diehard and can’t go without some Giants for a week (umm, ya' made it through the offseason), watch one of the many DVDs out there. They are seriously happier-ending ones, too.

Taking a break from something is not a bad thing. It gives chance to regroup, rethink and return with more clarity. It isn’t walking away or giving up. It’s a tactic used by many who apparently are in a place where lucidity escapes them, even on simple answers. Who hasn’t overthought the simple? The Giants are beyond resilient; it’s been proven over the last handful of years. As fans, we should be of the same ilk. Taking an approach that isn’t all doomed and gloom doesn’t necessarily have to be viewed through rose-colored glasses either, as head coach Tom Coughlin professes.

"[I] told the team that we certainly got into this mess together and we've got to find a way to get out of it together," he said.

If anyone has to dig deeper than the fans right now, it’s Tom Coughlin. He isn’t a novice to this type of situation and his constituents aren’t either. “All In” is far from gone. It just hasn’t been perceived by anyone outside the locker room in a while. It’s pressure time again and it is time for the speech to be written (or prepared off-the-cuff) and orated. There is a week before a six game schedule and the battles become even tougher and more physical. It is definitely time to show how All In to “Finish” the G-Men really are.

Us: reflect on the ups and downs you experience as a fan. Your overwhelming joy and blissful tears were built upon the rubble that you thought at one point was going to be a losing season, no? You continued to bear your heart and soul for blue anyway, realizing that the way that this organization that consumes you wholly – is for real. Nothing is perfect. You could be a fan of any of the remaining thirty-one NFL teams out there, but you consciously choose to stay true to the New York Football Giants. Be thankful you did.


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