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FOX Sports Lists New York Giants No. 13 in “Likability Power Rankings”

July 1st, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

As a result of the FIFA World Cup and its growing number of previously uninterested/neutral fans, FOX Sports recently decided to take a look at the NFL and all 32 teams from the same uninterested/neutral standpoint to determine which team had the potential to be the most well-liked. And after deeming the Pittsburgh Steelers No. 1 overall, they continued with their newly formed "likability power rankings."

On this new list, which seems entirely random and based only on personal opinions, FOX Sports had the New York Giants listed at No. 13 overall.

13. New York Giants – Yes, rooting for the Giants is sort of like pulling for Microsoft, the IRS or Bank of America; but organizations with deep pockets, lots of connections and tons of resources tend to not disappoint their supporters.

Considering the NFL as a whole is tremendously rich and powerful, it's interesting that they liken the Giants to the IRS. In fact, that seems like more of a slap in the face than a pat on the back — especially when you consider that the Mara's have always gone above and beyond for not only their players and fans, but the league as a whole.

Comparatively, the Dallas Cowboys — once known as "America's Team" — were listed above the Giants, coming in at No. 7 overall.

7. Dallas Cowboys – As annoying as it may be to many NFL fans, the allure of “America’s Team” still remains; that’s something that people want to be a part of, as there’s a certain mystique that comes with the rich guy everyone roots against.

Meanwhile, the New York Jets eclipsed both the Giants and Cowboys, coming in at No. 6 overall. And no, we're not kidding.

6. New York Jets – While the Giants fans are bluebloods, the Jets backers are the working class folks who give the Big Apple its swagger. Hanging out with a hard-working guy beats a Wall Street tycoon any day of the week, especially on Sundays.

Apparently Giants fans, like our long-time contributors here at Giants 101, are not "working class folks" and are more like "Wall Street tycoon's." Who knew? Clearly these guys and gals have never been to a Giants tailgate like the ones we have at The Fan Van in lot G16. Consider this an open invitation.

The rest of the NFC East shaped up like this:

30. Philadelphia Eagles – This is an organization that has employed Michael Vick and Riley Cooper in recent years; talk about forcing fans to plug their noses when they enter the stadium. And their fan base is rude, crude and socially unacceptable.

31. Washington Redskins – Honestly, now would not be the time to jump on board the Redskins bandwagon. They have a racist nickname, an arrogant owner and a prima donna quarterback. Other than that, it’s nothing but stocked cupboards in D.C.

Finally, the New England Patriots rounded out the list, coming in dead last at No. 32 overall.


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3 Responses to “FOX Sports Lists New York Giants No. 13 in “Likability Power Rankings””

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Ha!! So rooting for the Giants is rooting for the deep-pocketed, rich and connected? Tell that to those of us who actually know that the Giants were a roll-of-the-dice for the Maras who started their American lives as bookmakers, treated the team as a family business that rewarded loyalty more than talent, drank it up with the players and fans at PJ Clarkes and various other watering holes in the city, and allowed us to suffer through decades of miserable torture as we hoped our team would somehow recapture the glory of its early NFL days when it was a sometimes-champion.

    Then came Rozelle to the rescue, soon followed by Young and Parcells, who didn’t love each other but were induced to coexist not that many years after the Maras’ generosity and savvy essentially “made” the NFL what it is by agreeing to equally share television revenues in the interests of competition when New York was by far the dominant media market in the country and the Giants could easily have demanded the lion’s share of the league revenues. THOSE New York Giants may have become “the Establishment” to some extent, but they were hardly that as long as the Cowboys, Steelers, Packer and Niners were around and kicking butt.

    And yeah, maybe the coming of the new stadium relegated the sons and grandsons of the original hardcore fans to the upper decks, the sports bars, and their television screens, but this team could hardly be called anything but underdogs through most of the past few decades, even when they were winning championships that most never expected from them (they weren’t “supposed” to beat the Niners to get to play the Broncos; they weren’t supposed to beat the Bills; they weren’t supposed to even compete against the Pats in 2007; and they weren’t supposed to have a chance in hell of getting to the Super Bowl in 2011).

    But as kids would say, “Whatever”. A true fan of the Giants knows he has nothing to prove. He just has to sit as calmly as possible while always nervous about what the Football Gods may bring his way this season. And he sure knows he ain’t rooting for Microsoft, IBM or the IRS.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    The U.S. will win when the likes of Jack Lambert, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and JPP (basically any skill position player some linebackers and DE’s) decide to play soccer. We would basically beat the $7!+ out of Germany and whoever else got in the way. And of course, we (outside of one deranged Mike Tyson) don’t bite people to show aggression. And our fighting options do not include “scratching the oppositions eyes out” Those silly beasts.

    So shoot me…………………………………………..

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