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November 10, 2011

I’m not going to lie that win felt good.  Not just because it was against the Patriots–okay who am I kidding that’s most of it–but it was also nice to see the team finish another game and finish the first half of the season with a 6-2 record.  Not bad for a team that did nothing in the off season, has been plagued with injuries and has a mediocre second tier quarterback (if you can’t hear it, that last part was sarcastic) but the rest is true, expectations were not high for our Giants at the start of the season.  Yet, here they are at 6-2, but could this winning record spell doom for the remainder of the season?

I had an interesting discussion with my father the day after the game, we were still basking in the glory of the big win, but then he mentioned that the Giants under Coughlin have started almost every season at 6-2 but have then collapsed down the stretch.  I had to find out if that was true.  It’s funny you remember the bad streaks, but you don’t remember them starting off so well.  But it is true, in 5 of the last 7 seasons the Giants have started 6-2.  However, their average record in the second half of the season is far less impressive at 3-5.  Will history repeat itself this year or will the Giants finish strong?  I am remaining cautiously optimistic because of one word—finishing.



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  1. Matt Larkin permalink
    November 10, 2011 6:11 pm

    I can’t stand the Giants, but their fans are very loyal. I have lived in both the Boston and Buffalo areas growing up and have felt the sting of two of the NYG’s three Super Bowls. Last year I purchased a Patriots die cast truck from Ebay. Which truck did I receive in error? Yep, the frickin’ Giants. They quickly sent me out the right one AND told me to keep the Giants truck!

    Which reminds me… Do you realize where the Giants used to play their home games? Yankee Stadium! Does that bring you no shame? Half the year you hate the place and the other half you love it?

    Maybe I’m divided too. I like Boston teams but prefer New Jersey beaches.

    • November 10, 2011 6:33 pm

      Thanks for your comments Matt. It’s not easy being a divided fan. You learn to compartmentalize, you don’t wear a Giants hat when the Red Sox are playing the Yankees and vice versa. Now that’s the worst, when someone thinks you’re wearing a Yankees hat–they smile or yell at you and you want to scream, “Don’t you dear mistake me for a Yankees fan, I’m a Giants fan!”

      By the way, that’s hysterical about the truck, I’ve honestly had nightmares about things like that–every time I buy something for the Giants or Red Sox online–what if they send me the wrong team and now that I know they can happen, I may never sleep soundly again. I hope you threw out the other truck or gave it to a Giants fan.

  2. Matt Larkin permalink
    November 11, 2011 5:09 pm

    I still have the truck. You and your father can fight over it.

    Confession time – Every time something doesn’t go my way or somehow results in a negative consequence, I tend to say “Giants”.

    Example: “We’re out of beer. Giants! Is the packie still open?”
    If someone is being a jerk we’ll brand them as a Giants fan, or sometimes just Gianty.

    On Christmas or my birthday sometimes I’ll get a Giants gag gift. Over the years I’ve received a pair of Giants slippers and a Giants boogie board! I got my friend good last year when I presented him with a Giants shower curtain. That’ll learn him.

    Your dumb team makes me laugh and cry.

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