I think the above expression is the best way to define the split between the Eli supporters and the Eli haters. Eli supporters can point to passing stats, overall winning record as a starter, unflappable demeanor, and support of his teammates. Haters point to the passer rating, incredible streak of turnovers, lack of playoff wins other than 2007, and "Eli Manning Face". But the one thing I always thought people could agree upon was that they were happy to have a SB winning QB leading our team.
Now after having an epic argument with another poster about Eli's quality, and reading more posts, shots, and responses than is probably healthy for any human being, it is astounding to me how many people think that 2007 should no longer be involved in the discussion. Because it happened 3 years ago and not last weekend, the greatest accomplishment of Eli's career should be disallowed from discussing his ability to quarterback this team. If I had a buck for every time someone made a statement roughly equal to "2007 is in the past" I could retire at a very young age. That my friends is the very definition of a fairweather fan.
Is it frustrating when Eli makes incredibly bad decisions? Of course it is! Nobody is ever saying you shouldn't be upset by that. But sweet Jaysus, don't take it so personally! When Eli dives for an extra yard instead of sliding and leaves the ball on the ground he's not doing it to spit in your face! It was a mistake. An inexcusable mistake yes. One he has to know better than to make. But here's the thing, making mistakes does not mean he will not be a successful QB this year, or many years from now. How do I know this? Because Bill Parcells said so.
I was watching the NFL Network biopic of Parcells from last Friday. In the locker room after winning the '86 SB the cameras catch him telling his team "The rest of your life, the rest of your life men, nobody can ever tell ya that you couldn't do it, 'cause you did it." Eli did it. It doesn't matter if it was 3 years ago, or 10, or 15. Eli did it, and because he did it, nobody can tell him (or us) that he can't do it again.
You can have whatever opinion you want about Eli. Some people I don't think have ever been comfortable with him as the Giants QB. Some people are not going to find peace until we get someone who is considered one of the 3 best in the league. Good luck waiting for that to happen, because you can go a lifetime without getting that. You can have any opinion you want and that is your right of course. God Bless you for that, but my opinion is that if you can't support your team and your QB through difficult stretches, then lose the sense of entitlement. If you can't recognize how lucky we are to have witnessed such a great accomplishment, and want to jettison the guy who brought us to such great heights, then you are a fairweather fan. What have you done for me lately indeed.