History and relevance led to the New York Giants finishing 152nd on the annual FanSided 250, that ranks fandoms.
Sandwiched in between Orange is the New Black and the Miami Heat, ranked at number 152 are the New York Giants. Despite winning a Super Bowl in the last decade, this ranking seems a bit high. The New York Giants have been awful and borderline embarrassing in recent seasons. It’s hard to make the argument as to why you should be a Big Blue fan currently especially when they just ended a franchise-tying nine-game losing streak.
Pressuring opposing quarterbacks used to be the Giants specialty. They’ve had greats like Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, and Justin Tuck set the tone in years past. That has completely disappeared and the New York Giants defense is now one of the worst in the league.
Their top draft picks haven’t worked out as they hoped in recent memory (cough.. Ereck Flowers). The G-Men even let one of their best picks of this decade, safety Landon Collins, walk to a division rival.
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Big Blue completely dropped the ball when current general manager Dave Gettleman decided it was in the best interest to trade their star player Odell Beckham Jr., the guy fans wanted to see at MetLife Stadium, to Cleveland. It’s hard to cheer for a team that has no identity and continues to lose.
That’s not to say the New York Giants haven’t had some of the best moments in sports history that fans can reflect on and be proud of. Tradition is why they are ranked. This is the team that stopped Tom Brady from having EIGHT rings. Taking down the evil empire twice has to make the Giants somewhat likable off the bat.
Eli Manning is responsible for two of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history. The future Hall-of-Famer is one of the scariest quarterbacks to face in the playoffs. By appearing in the Super Bowl, every decade since the 80s, the New York Giants have managed to stay relevant for the past 30 plus years.
As the team transitions away from the Manning era, fans should be excited about running back Saquon Barkley becoming the face (or quads) of this franchise.
It’s hard to have faith at this current moment, but there’s no better place to win than New York City. Who doesn’t want a parade down the Canyon of Heroes? It just sounds fancier than any other parade.