Now you all know that I'm a hardcore Patriots fan. But I would like to take a moment to give the Giants their due. Despite the fact they play in New York, the Giants as well as Eli Manning and their coach Tom Coughlin have been either overlooked or villified. I tip my hat off to all of them, even though I hope the Pats stomp their asses on Super Bowl Sunday.
- If Eli Manning had played like this any other year he would be one of the most talked about QBs in the league and a top choice for MVP. Unfortunately for him his best season happened in the "Year of the Quarterback". Between Brees breaking Marino's record (as well as Brady and Stafford breaking 5,000 passing yards), Rodgers leading the Packers to a near-perfect season, Cam Newton and Andy Dalton breaking all rookie expectations, and Tebow-Mania, Eli has been mostly off the radar. Hell, his brother Peyton got more attention and MVP consideration for not taking a single snap.
- Tom Coughlin seems to be the most hated man in New York sports who doesn't work in Boston despite all his success. He's had one losing season (his first) and won a Super Bowl. Yet there's constant talk about him getting fired. Rex Ryan keeps opening his mouth and promising Super Bowls and New York fans eat it up (though they're clearly getting sick of it by now). I guarantee you that even if the Giants win the championship this year, next year the New York fans will be yelling for Coughlin's head after the first loss.
- The Giants were not the most talked about team in their division or even their own town. More attention was given to the Jets own dysfunction and loud mouth coach, the Eagles falling flat on their "Dream Team" talk in the preseason, and the Cowboys constantly shooting themselves in the foot. Tell me I'm wrong, please.
So despite my love of the Patriots and my overall dislike for all things New York, I raise my glass and give a big thumbs up to the Giants. They earned it.