Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The Giants WON!!!!!
Wow! What a great game and a fantastic result! The NY Giants, massive underdogs against the hottest of hot favourites, the undefeated New England Patriots, won the Superbowl 17-14 with a touchdown in the last minute of the game. There was a "miracle" play just before they scored that will go down as one of the greatest plays in history.
Considering how good the Patriots had been all season I was pretty much resigned to the Giants losing but they played superbly and won a classic game.
Fashion Boy asked me tonight why I barrack for the Giants? I worked on a Summer camp in upstate New York in 1983 and 1984 and many of the people I met were Giants fans (and NY Mets fans) at a time when the NY Jets and the NY Yankees were the much more popular teams.
After camp ended the first year I went to stay with a couple of the families of the kids in my bunkhouse, Josh Brinen who sometimes reads this blog, and Andy Levy. While staying at Andy's place his Dad, who owned a sports store, got us tickets to go to an NFL game between the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Phil Simms was the quarterback and threw for about 200 yards that day as the Giants won and I was hooked. I remember watching their first Superbowl victory on a big screen TV at Chip Inn with my mate Skip and his brother Tim in 1987 against the Denver Broncos, and again in 1991 when they beat the Buffalo Bills by 1 point in the closest ever SuperBowl.
Despite having to wait a few extra hours due to Dave's miscalculation and enforce a news blackout all day to avoid hearing the result, I loved watching the replay last night on SBS, even though I had to celebrate silently as everyone else in the house was asleep.