C’mon, did any of you really expect an undefeated Giant’s season? Or maybe some of you bought into the media’s “best team in pro football” crap. Hell that’s as bad as buying into the “fluke” theory of last years Super Bowl victory. So, let’s take a moment and get real. While there’s no such thing as a ‘good’ loss, we now have an excellent opportunity to find out who this year’s New York Giants really are.
We know they went into last night’s game against the lowly Browns with a 4-0 record — against some pretty mediocre opposition. We know the previously stout Giants defense couldn’t get off the field last night because they couldn’t generate a pass rush. We know they compensated for that by blitzing which exposed their secondary. We know that, on offense, Eli forced the ball to Burress and paid for it with 2 interceptions and threw another interception later on a pass to Amani Toomer.
We know that by half-time they’d closed the gap to 17-14 and that the 2nd half wasn’t even close, resulting in a 35-14 hammering … as in, smacked upside the head hammering. We know they blew a chance to take control of The Eastern Division of the NFC. We know they looked awful last night; scary awful. But, is there anything positive to be taken from this mauling? Maybe.
Lets look at two other World Champions: Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. Both got every challenger’s ‘A’ fight. And, both beat every challenger’s ‘A’ fight. Bur, for Ali, his Cleveland Browns game came in the form of a journeyman palooka named Ken Norton who unexpectedly beat the crap out of him in a non-title fight.
Mike Tyson ran into his Cleveland Browns game when he faced a journeyman palooka named Buster Douglas and got knocked on his ass But, the difference between the two World Champions was that Ali was mentally, emotionally and physically tough enough to overcome his loss to Norton and reign over boxing for years to come. Mike Tyson, however, never recovered and, eventually, saw his career go down the toilet.
So, yes, The World Champion Giants have gotten — and will continue to get — every team’s ‘A’ game. And, they — like Ali and Tyson – will either thrive on it or succumb to it. We’ll soon find out if they’re like Muhammad Ali or if they’re like Mike Tyson. It starts next week against the 49ers … and, then the week after against The Steelers … and then week after against The Cowboys … and so on and so on. And, let’s face it, right now, the question is, who the hell are these guys … really?