The Giants’ Win Goes Beyond The Field

By L.A. Batchelor
Updated: February 7, 2008

NORTH CAROLINA — Perfect season? The greatest season ever? The greatest team ever? I have the answer to those questions……….The New York Giants!

The Patriots’ crowning as Champions of the 42nd Super Bowl was derailed by the “G-MEN” who never received the memo they were inferior to New England and they had no chance to win the game according to the odds makers, fans, media and experts.

In fact, The Giants were so much of an underdog going into the big game, they should have stayed in New York and watch the Patriots crowning on television. But as someone said before, “that’s why you play the game!”

But when you examine the Giants win over the Patriots, it goes much deeper than New York beating New England on the field. It was good beating evil, and a win for all that believe in fair play and winning the honest way.

It was also a win for all of us who know how racist the state of Massachusetts truly is. Before we deal with the win for the Giants off the field, let’s look at the victory on the field.

Keys to the Giants victory

Defensive pressure on Tom Brady: Brady has not seen the kind of pressure the Giants put on him all season. It seemed every time he drop back to pass, one of those stout and talented defensive lineman along with some pressure from the secondary were in his face all game especially in the first half.

It’s easy to throw for record touchdowns and yards when you have no pressure on you all the time because your offensive line is protecting you but you can see how average Brady looks when he is under constant pressure from a defense all game. It’s pretty hard to complete a pass when you are always on your back side.

The Giants were too physical for the Patriots: The Giants Defense was fast and physical beating the Patriots to spots on the field and pounding “Tom Terrific”. Offensively, The Giants were just as physical in protecting Eli Manning to the receivers fighting hard for extra yards after a catch.

The Giants believed they can win: Aside from the rest of the world, The Giants and there fans and a few of us believed they can win which is half the battle. So many opponents of The Patriots would get down on themselves when they trail the “Bean town Bandits” in the game and you can see in the eyes of the opponents the look of defeat and fear which is a tough mental challenge to overcome.

With the Patriots, the mental aspect of the game is more important than the physical side because if you can’t visualize a victory and believe in a victory, you’re defeated well before the game clock expires. The Giants believed, visualized which led them to being extremely physical thus leading to there victory.

As victorious as The Giants were on the field I applaud them even more for their triumph off the field. Growing up in the Northeast, I was painfully aware of the prejudice that existed in the region but it was no more apparent and blatant than Massachusetts.

The racial profiling, the double standard in arrests, job and house discrimination and other injustices took place from Springfield to Boston to New Bedford to Foxboro, RACISM was wide spread through the state where many of sports greatest teams reside.

You look at the Boston Celtics and their storied franchise. 16 NBA World Championships, legendary players and a historic arena that tell the story of a team with many championship stories to tell.

But with every great story, there are some that are not so pleasant. Hall of Famer Bill Russell is on the record many times talking about the fact that he was good enough to play in Boston for the Celtics, but wasn’t welcome to live in Boston.

That it was acceptable to lead the team to championships but not acceptable to stay in hotels there in Boston. It was great to see him drink champagne after another Celtic Championship, but not a good thing to drink from a WHITES ONLY water fountain.

Many other athletes from the past who played for and against Mass sports teams tell similar horror stories of the “Massachusetts Militia” who spread fear and hate throughout the tiny New England State.

As far back as Russell to modern day players like Jim Rice, Robert Parish, Stanley Morgan to Mo Vaughn. All have endured racial slurs and racial intimidation over there years as athletes in the state.

Even as the state has their first African American Governor, it still makes no difference in the overall political climate as both Senator John Kerry and Ted Kennedy along with Governor Patrick found out when supporting the first legitimate African American candidate for President.

Senator Barack Obama still wasn’t enough to win the state’s Presidential primary over the first legitimate female candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (a white woman). No, the state has become a little tolerant, but not enough.

I know some of you may say, racism existed everywhere in the days of the 50’s, 60’s and beyond and my answer is only to tell you of my personal experiences in traveling through the state as a child with family and as an adult.

I also would add that a lot of the hate came at a time when the south held that distinction while the north was seem as an area of diversity and the belief in equality.

So, the Giants won Superbowl XLII. 17-14 was the score in the game which made them number one in the eyes of their fans and the football world, but also made them number one with thousands of African Americans and other minorities who suffered the racism, hate and evil from the state of Massachusetts.