Sup guys. BBI wrote a heartfelt post yesterday (which has since been removed, I don't know why) that basically went along the lines of "You're a Giants fan, I'm a Giants fan. Can't we all just get along?" I completely agreed with the sentiment of the post, and it gave me an idea. I'm not going anywhere anytime soon, and those who have a tenure similar (if not longer) than mine are probably in for the long haul as well. Sometimes in this world of internet anonymity it's easy to give a posters comment a sarcastic response, or a response you might which you wouldn't in an actual conversation. I know my passion for the Giants (and my never-ending positivity) get the better of me sometimes and I'm definitely guilty of this, so I wanted to interview those who have been around for a while. Maybe those with like 1,000 posts or have been around for more than a year, (exceptions can be made I'm not really a stickler but you get the idea).
I did myself first so you could get an idea of what the posts would look like, and I'd like to do the staff next (Ed, Bri, and Mike) if they're willing followed by hopefully everyone on here, especially those I disagree with (UnknownJintsFan I'm looking at you) just to get an idea of the men (and women telcochik) behind the screen names. Obviously, if you like your anonymity you won't have to share your full name or location. I don't know about everyone else, but the reason I come here is not for the stories that you can find on just about every blog, but the community we have here, and the discussions we have in the comment sections. I'm hoping this will give us a bit of a better understanding of each other as Giants fans, and give everyone an opportunity to share how, and why they root for the Giants in detail. So here goes.
Giants Fan Spotlight: tito (eight and oh)
- Tito, pease explain to us the origin of you're screen name.
Pretty straightforward. I was born in Vermont so I come from a long line of Red Sox fans. When I first signed up for SBNation I did it through Yahoo, my yahoo name was tito (eight and oh) after the Red Sox swept the Rockies in the '07 World Series. It represents Red Sox manager Terry "Tito" Francona's perfect World Series record (here's hoping for 12-0 in 2011!).
- What's your name? Do you have a nickname?
My name is Bradley Smith Jr. Since birth, and being a Brad Jr. my parents were kind enough to give me the nickname "BJ". Childhood was fun.
- Would you like to share with us a photo of yourself in some Giants garb?
That's a picture of me (right) during last years Giants v. Titans game. Me and my buddy Colin won a drawing at the local Applebees where we got control of two of the big screens by the side of the bar, in Barcaloungers, along free beer and wings until the conclusion of the four o' clock games. The Giants lost, but it was a pretty superb day considering the free booze and chicken.
- Where do you root from?
Centralish/Southish Jersey, bout 5 minutes from Long Beach Island. Right smack in the middle of Giants and Eagles territory.
- Where do you comment from, and should you be when you are?
75% of my comments come from where I am at the moment. Which is work. As long as I get my work done they are very lackadaisical about internet use. This is our slow time of year so posting is up, while Purchase Order are down.
- When did you start rooting for the Giants? What's your first Giants memory?
I started taking an interest in professional football after I went to my first game in '97. It was Rodney Hampton's last game at Giants Stadium (I'll never for get the ROD-NEY HAMP-TON chants roaring through the crowd), and in true Giants fashion they won an ugly one against the Redskins (much uglier than the 30-10 score suggested). Jason Sehorn had two interceptions, one for a touchdown. I fell in love with the Giants, and had my first favorite player at the age of nine.
- What's your fondest Giants memory?
Easily the 2000 NFC Championship Game. When the defense destroyed the Eggs the week before in the Divisional Playoffs, I come home the following Wednesday to see my dad had 6 tickets in his hands for the Championship game. My two uncles, and two cousins came from Vermont and Maryland to join us in what became one of the most surreal moments I've ever experienced. The Vikings were supposed to be able to pass all over us (as they did to everyone the prior two years), but my god, from the opening kickoff from the last whistle we just ran them into oblivion. I never cheered so much, and had been so happy with a sports team in my entire life. The Super Bowl in '07 was easily the Giants greatest triumph in my opinion, but experiencing that game in 2000, being SO important, it was something I don't think I'll have an opportunity to do again. The best part of that day though was before hand, my dad said he would buy me a jersey...I asked him who I should get, he said "Kerry Collins. He's going to have a huge day." I scoffed and got Strahan (which still hangs in my closet), but man he couldn't have been more right.
- And your worst?
Two weeks later they cancelled the Super Bowl, I was so sure we were going to win it. What the hell happened?
- It's 1:00 PM EST the Giants are on, where do you watch the Games?
I usually go to the bars around town. Applebees has the most Giants fans, so you'll find me their most of the time. When it's playoff time, or a huge game I'm with family mostly. Me and my dad have a great way of balancing each other out. He's very negative towards Eli, and usually keeps me in reality. I'm always hoping against hope, and keep him from leaping of the edge. In big games I really can't be at a bar, it's just too much emotion for a public environment (unless of course I'm at the game, than we let it all hang out).
- Have you been to the stadium, if so, what was the last game you saw? Tell us about it.
Eli. He's my favorite player. I don't think there's any question the franchise pretty much revolves around him at this point. He's gonna go down as the greatest quarterback in Giants history by the time he's all done, so it would definitely be awesome to toss the pigskin around with him.
- If you were in a position of power, which Giant would you choose for a body guard?
Ahmad Bradshaw. I know he's small, but seriously he dishes out more punishment than any other running back in the league, he runs so angry. Definitely someone I'd want on my side in a dicey situation. Besides, if I got into some serious trouble I could throw a saddle on him while he raced us off to safety.
- Which player who's not on the Giants do you wish we had? Why?
This is a tough one...offense, or defense? I'm gonna go with Calvin Johnson. Megatron. It was either him or Suh so you know those boys in Detroit are doing some things right. The reason I went with him is we were beating up the Lions last year and it would have been a blowout if not for Johnson. The man is a beast, and him across from Nicks would make this the most formidable offense in the league IMO.
- What do you expect from the Giants as a team this season?
Lots of ugly wins, and a playoff run.
This is my first attempt at this, so any suggestions for additional questions, or anything at all would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you'd be down with getting interviewed, I'd like to get all the regulars, you know who you are...so if you have some time let me know in the comments section and I'll get to you.