When was the last time “The New York Giants are going to the Super Bowl” was heard any time before the ending moments of an NFC Championship game? So why become appalled at the continued year-round predictions? They’ve come to mean about as much as spit in an empty coffee cup.
We get it. 2013 and “Owen” left a bad taste on everyone’s palate. Does that make it fair to place Big Blue in the proverbial NFC East basement in May? Of course not, but what happened to the fact that the franchise prefers it this way until the time rolls around for it to honestly matter? A brief image comes to mind of Ann Mara telling Terry Bradshaw off, but that was at the correct time. As diehards, the disrespect should be expected. Realize most are looking for their “I told you so!” and nothing more.
Ending 2014 with a 7-9 record isn’t impossible. The Giants have shown that nothing is impossible is past recent decade. However, they’ve also shown that they cannot and should not be discounted early on. They prefer the underdog role. This part should be one of comfort — at least until games count and are won and respect damn near has to be demanded. We digress.
Here’s a good question: why is the entire world betting on everything? Odds in May, pre-Draft, on the Draft? Odds for the following year’s (in this case 2015) win/loss/tie records? Folks need money or just seriously want to be correct before anyone else? It isn’t just in Vegas either. And, by the way, there are some out here that really don’t understand (or care to) comprehend or appreciate the Vegas hype. It’s all really just a nerdy game of statistics.
It’s bad enough there are power rankings of every sort and opinion. Popularity (Pro) Bowls, Top (Insert number here) lists, and “_____” of the Week/Month/Year take over as news instead of actual, hey, sports action or plays. It was cute for a while, but some consider it filler. Talk, oh, football. The masses are hankering and instead get caught up in the nonsense and some actually start to (gasp) care about poor rankings, odds, no-shows on top-100 lists, etc. Is it the offseason blues hitting early causing a premature rant or no?
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