So, there’s this theory that…this guy developed: In certain seasons, some National Football League teams play with two different helmets: one sturdy helmet from start to finish, and one yielding helmet which dents at the end of the campaign.
Whether or not this guy actually made this supposition and believes in it becomes inconsequential considering the New York Giants actually wear these polarized helmets.
The last few Giants’ seasons have been mostly polarized. With the exception of the 2008 season in which they finished at 12-4, the Giants have either made the playoffs en-route to winning the Super Bowl (2007 and 2011) or have blown a postseason spot due to a lackluster second half and missed out on a magical Super Bowl run (2009 and 2010). 10-6 and four straight road playoff wins, and 9-7 and three straight road victories; 6-4 in Week 11 and lost four of their last six to miss out, and 9-4 in Week 14 and lost two of their last three to evade the playoff boat. It’s a droll parallel which has been garnering the awareness of many analysts and fans.
There’s no doubt that in the span of a season numerous NFL teams will spiral many different directions. Staying on the big apple path of a tale of two helmets, the New York Jets for example, were 8-3 in Week 12 in 2008, and 5-3 in Week 9 last year. Both years they choked out the end of the regular season and a crack at the big February dance. However, the consistent Super Bowl contenders and perennial playoff ticket generators hardly spin in a different route on their seasonal campaign for more than a week or two. And even more peculiar is that there seems to be no NFL team in recent memory that can drift into a stark direction and still win the Super Bowl as the Giants have done. This unique four month battle of patience for Big Blue fans not only generates a swathe of anxiety, but also drives people to bring theories into creation about the New York Giants. Thus, the Giants have become a talking point, the paradigm of the twisty New York sports team.
But the unvarying contenders, the teams whose seasons don’t truly begin until the final month or two months of a sport season, they rarely are indirect in the nature of their seasons. The San Antonio Spurs, to offer a prime example of a team which doesn’t produce extreme, unneeded apprehension in their fans, doesn’t swim in a pool of parallelism. The Spurs have never had a losing second half under Gregg Popovich. What’s the concluding result of their lack of two tales to their seasons? Well, just four championships in the span of nine years and a club which has not missed the postseason in 16 years. That’s pretty much the New York football Giants minus the gray hairs for their supporters.
Here the Giants are now, 6-2 after notching four straight wins. They’re halfway through the regular season and they have tough games against Green Bay, Atlanta, and Baltimore in that pesky end of the season – two of which are on the road. Their point differential at their midway position stands at +73, a fine start. In 2009 after a 5-0 start, their point differential was at +80; +56 after Week 9 in 2010 when they were at the time 6-2. -25 and 47 were their final differentials after those two sizzling season entries respectively. And we wonder why Giants’ fans perspire quite often.
The problem with generating correlations and assumptions with these Giants is that no one can tell where they’ll end up until the end of the calendar year. There’s no exhale of relief and wonder in regards to the Giants’ spark of trend-defying runs until they play into at least the second week of January. Until the playoff fruits bear fruition, no fan of the Giants can have balance in their lungs. So, this season, just like so many in the past few years for the Giants, there is no near-affirmation of correlations until the Giants are officially out of or into the playoffs, bearing one of the two helmets. Blue and polarized, that’s their nature, says…this guy.