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New York Giants Returning to Championship Form at Just the Right Time

December 1st, 2012 at 6:45 AM
By Jen Polashock

'Justin Tuck' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: No one grew more weary of the “here we go again” and November slump diatribes more than the New York Football Giants themselves. On Sunday night in front of the nation, they silenced the flip-flopping critics. Again.

This is still a five game schedule, but upon closer look at how this team is approaching them is undeniably beyond confidence-building.

“Give it all I got today and I looked in your eyes, boys, and I know that [expletive] we did in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh & all that [expletive] we did before that bye, that [expletive] is gone! That team right there is gone; it’s dead…” was Justin Tuck’s pre-game war cry.

Last season, this team was much lower before they took a sharp right and went on a serious run. That run took them into the playoffs and they never lost the momentum or the integrity to finish. 

Many use mention of the definition of insanity, but that cliché is not for the Giants. The only thing they are repetitive in is tradition and pride. Anything that doesn’t get them on the road to those two intangibles is changed with quickness. There is nothing crazy here (except some of the fans). Last week, it was mentioned that serious introspection had to go down for this team to come out as the reigning NFL World Champions. They achieved success so far for game one in that six game season. Game two is a division game and will take a bit…more.

Per Defensive Captain Tuck, it’s a bit of restraint.

“You never want to play angry. You want to play with a lot of passion and play with a lot of energy; but angry? Angry clouds your judgment sometimes and you think you’re doing something great and it ends up hurting the football team. So angry is not the right word, but you definitely have to play with a lot of passion and a lot of speed and a lot of energy against a team like this because everything they do is fast and you’ve got to make a decision on—has he handed a ball off? Is it a keep? Is it a run? Is it a pass? And all of that is a split second decision. If you make the wrong decision, it’s a big play. If you make a right decision, you have a chance to stop them.”

As each Big Blue player steps into his role with more purpose, a few will do so in a way that isn’t as familiar, but all in regardless.

“It’s a five-game schedule and we just have to keep staying consistent,” FB Henry Hynoski said earlier in the week. “We can’t get complacent and say, ‘Oh, we just beat up on the Packers, so we can beat up on anybody now.’ Every week is big boys football and we just have to come out, buckle our chinstraps and prepare every week like we did last week and approach practice like we did last week and we have to carry that here on out for rest of the way through.”

Big boys football indeed; New York Giants trademark football is even better.


Tags: Football, Henry Hynoski, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL

8 Responses to “New York Giants Returning to Championship Form at Just the Right Time”

  1.  kujo says:

    I want to believe in this team. It’s in my blood to do so. But I’ve seen this movie before and it has 1 of 2 endings–a deep playoff run or a stumbling failure. We just bested Green Bay in a convincing and public manner, silencing our critics for the moment. Now we have an insurgency within our division, a rematch of a few weeks ago that saw a rookie QB go toe to toe with Eli and almost come out ahead. They’re the flavor of the week, with media and fans crowning them the next big thing. Could be true, but they have to beat us first…and they know it.

    Question is: do we? Can we shut down a tough offense and make hay against a tough defense? Can we avoid the all-too-familiar letdown after a big win last Sunday night. Do we have the balls to slam the door on this rookie phenom and say “This sh-t is OURS!?”

    We’ll see Monday night. Tradition, pride and a chance for January football is on the line.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Says the guy who is knob-slobbing Justin Tuck because he just realized what a good guy he is by watching a video. LOL

      Just repayment for your comments about my love affair with Mathias Kiwanuka.

      The Giants have a LOT of really outstanding young men on this team. It’s admirable, and I don’t think it’s an accident. This is SUCH an easy team for which to root.

      And they’re going to show the Skins that they’re not ready to take on the champs. That close game earlier this season was played without a near-healthy Hakeem Nicks. We’re going to slice-and-dice their secondary on Monday.

    •  Dirt says:

      The good news is “we” don’t have to do anything!

  2.  James Stoll says:

    I have a bit of a soft spot for the Redskins oddly enough; mostly because one of my closest friends is a lifelong, die-hard fan, and they’ve been down so long.
    You have to be impressed with what Haslett has done with this defense after losing Arakapo(their JPP), Carraker and Merriweather. London Fletcher continues to amaze.
    Offensively, in one year they went from not a serious skill position player, to a ton, none bigger of course than RG. But Morris is tremendous and their young receivers fast and talented.
    And, they are learning how to win. Admittedly, they have yet to beat a good team, but back to back over division rivals (both of whom we lost to already) is impressive.
    So there is a lot to be worried about Monday. And Kujo is right, the Giants have too often displayed their penchant for inconsistency for anyone to justifiably be supremely confident. Let’s look no further than last season against these same Redskins — only they were not the same; they were a very pale version — following the first Dallas victory.
    Of course, the Giants have quite a lot going for them. What this team has shown this season with the 26-3 shellacking of SF and the 38-10 beat down of GB, is that they can beat the very best the league has to offer. If they are on their game, they should plant Washington firmly in the ground early But again, nightmares of Cincinnati still dance in my head.
    This s probably the biggest game in Washington in nearly 20 years. They finally have a QB so talented they are justified in believing his ability alone is enough. Their stadium will rock. The emotion will be on their side to start and they will come out swinging. They’ve seen Webster and Brown blow coverages all season long and I would not be surprised to see a deep pass on their first possession. They will try to jump us early and then ride the wave to the end. It will be imperative for the Giants to be serious from the start, especially the offense. Eli needs to show that he can take apart their defense, especially that 32d ranked secondary.
    It is going to be a great great game. Win and the division and playoffs are ours. Lose and who knows. Big big game against the team that hasn’t been our main rival since the 80′s but is finally back. Should be fun.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      One of my closest friends is a Redskins fan. I feel for him. And I don’t hate the Skins. I don’t root for them (unless situation dictates), but I don’t hate them.

    •  Krow says:

      To be honest… I hate the Eagles and the Cowboys more than I do the Skins … but Deangelo Hall could turn that all around.

  3.  GmenMania says:


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