Believe In The Giants

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

This week has been a lot of fun on Big Blue View. A lot of people I've never seen before are writing extremely passionate posts, venting their frustrations, or defending the value of certain players. It's probably the most action I've seen on this blog, and quite honestly I think it's great. I think it shows just how affected people get when the Giants lose, and perhaps that sometimes emotions get the better of them, and they let it all fly. I do it all the time, I'm not ashamed to admit it...I'm not even ashamed to do it again. Rooting for the Giants is a passion for me, the same way I'm sure it is for all of you.

For me personally, the question that I found most interesting was whether or not you could criticize this team, quarterback, or front-office, and still be a true fan. I think the answer is undoubtedly 100% yes. Moreso, being aware of your teams weaknesses makes you a much more well-rounded fan, in my opinion. I think it's safe to say every single poster on here has criticized every single player on this team at one time, or another. Sans Bomar.

Where I draw the line however, between who is fan, and who is not, is lack of belief.

Be-lief - noun \bə-ˈlēf\ - a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing.

It's one thing if you want to tell me that Eli Manning and Ahmad Bradshaw turn the ball over too many times, or our linebackers are not the best in the league, or our defensive line is struggling to generate pressure with a four-man rush. I would agree with those statements. It's one thing if you feel like our team is not what it once was, because so many injuries have occured over the last three to four weeks. I would agree with that statement too. It's one thing if you expect more from this team than we have seen over the last two weeks, I do as well.

But when the Giants line up on Sunday, to play the 6-4 Jacksonville Jaguars, ask yourself one question while you are watching the game:

Are you expecting these things to occur on every drive, or do you believe this team has the ability to fix these things, and be great?

When Eli drops back, do you expect him to throw an interception, or do you believe he will make the right read?

When Ahmad takes a handoff, do you expect him to fumble, or do you believe he will find the hole and hurt someone with his ferocious running style?

When the defense is on the field do you expect the oposition to march down the field, or do you believe they can get a stop?

I think one thing is true when we talk about the Giants, we all want them to be succesful. We all want them to win the Super Bowl every single year. I understand after a loss the negatives will always outweigh the positives, because of the end result. I understand it is a difficult thing to do when so many things in this season alone have given you reason to question your beliefs. But I ask you, the Giant fan, if you are not going to believe in your own favorite team when they are down, who is?

This team is not 4-6. This team is 6-4, and not out of the playoff race, not by a long shot. This team has shown the ability to whoop some ass when called upon. We are down a few players due to injury, but what I ask from you is believe in the players on this team. Put your trust in them, have confidence that they can fix the mistakes that have cost them games before.

Yes, we have injuries all over the field, yes we have a quarterback who seems to find great pleasure in putting the pigskin in a bow-tied box, and handing it to the opposition. We can't change that though, becuase we are just fans. What we can do is accept that this is what we have to work with, and believe these players are capable of winning this next game, because the next game is all that matters, and a win is all that matters.

When the Giants line up against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, you will see faces that don't look familiar to you, but you should believe in them for no other reason than they are there to play, and they have a lowercase 'ny' on their helmet.

Give them your confidence, give them your trust, and see what they do with it. Believe in the Giants, because this is the team we have, and that's all we can do.

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