Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—America’s Game: The Superbowl Champions: 2011 New York Giants (2012) ***

NR, 45 min.
Narrator: Alec Baldwin
Starring: Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin, Justin Tuck, Victor Cruz

After the 2008 Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots, it never occurred to me that the same situation could arise again after only four years. It certainly never occurred to me in the middle of November last year when the Giants looked like their late season implosion would occur even earlier than normal. But, even once the team had made it to the playoffs, no such thought ever entered my head.

That’s not to say I didn’t believe in the Big Blue. During one of the Giants’ worst seasons of the Oughts, my father—the man responsible for brainwashing me into total devotion—wrote a pep talk letter to me explaining how even when their chips were down the New York Football Giants were still the best football team ever because of the past and the future they represented. It was an inspiring letter, which I’ve framed and look at whenever I need it.

About this episode of “America’s Game”, however, I found it fascinating to learn that Coach Coughlin brought in fighter pilots to train his team on how to adjust they way the evaluated their performances. My father was a fighter pilot, and last season was the first the Giants and I have been through without him. It was like some sort of destiny that they would achieve what they did in the fashion that they did. My dad was the most devoted fan I knew. To win another championship would’ve meant the world to him. But, to get there by nearly blowing it and looking like a group of amateurs sometimes. It was such a Giants way to be.

Last year was a perfect dream come true for Giants fans. Not so much for Patriots fans. To have the entire season captured in a special like this one is a gift that fans only get when their team goes all the way in the NFL. I hope to see the Giants as the subject of many “America’s Game” episodes to come.

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