For a little context on what I mean, I compare the Giants to my current landlord. My landlord once asked us, when we experienced some leaks from our apartment to the downstairs apartment, if we had intentionally overflowed our own bathtub as a prank. He also asked us if we had been showering without a shower curtain up. That's the kind of stupidity I am dealing with. That man, with no plumbing history, then decided to spend an entire Sunday on his hands and knees taking apart the cause of the issue, which was the toilet. Granted, he had no plumbing history, but that didn't stop him. He took it all apart, 'fixed the issue', and then put it all back together. One problem, 10 minutes after he left the toilet was flushing on it's own about every 30 seconds. This may all seem irrelevant, but I have a point. The only type of person more dangerous than a stupid person is a stupid person that thinks they are smart. You have to have the ability to know what you are.
For that reason I hypothesize that the Giants are the most dangerous team in the land. They have no idea what they are. Sometimes that materializes in games like last night. And sometimes it materializes in ridiculous Super Bowl runs they have no business making. Don't get me wrong, the Giants aren't one of the worst teams in the league. However, sometimes you would swear they are. Sandwiching 3 wins, The Giants have three losses where they looked like a high school team, one of which was a shutout. I don't even understand how a team could be so wildly unpredictable. It's like they can't figure out if they suck or not. This isn't a 6 game realization. For a team that has sported the same QB/head coach duo for almost a decade, it is amazing there isn't some level of consistency. The New York Giants don't even realize they are bad at football, and somehow it occasionally manifests itself in wins.
In the same way that I don't understand how someone as dumb as my landlord could possibly own several houses, I don't understand how a team that spends so much time looking awful could possibly make 2 separate championship runs. I have a hard time ever talking shit on the Giants because I never know when they are going to turn it on and make me look stupid. As someone that has played hockey for a long time, I can say with certainty that the hardest players to play against are the ones that have no idea what they are doing. How can you possibly know what they are going to do if they hardly do? I liken those players to the Giants. Just a team full of players out there winging it with no expectation of success or failure.
I mean, the only reason we have the 'Is Eli Elite?' argument annually is because of the New York fan base, right? No one actually thinks he is an elite quarterback. I would make the argument he is the most inconsistent QB to have held a starting role for as long as he has. Granted, those championships will buy some time, but his interceptions numbers have always been through the roof. How come we never ask if Jay Cutler or Philip Rivers are elite? Is it because of the lack of championships? If so then why don't we ever catch ourselves asking if Ben Roethlisberger is elite? He has won 2 Super Bowls with one where he didn't particularly set the world on fire. Truthfully, Eli isn't close to elite. More so, he is just good enough to not get benched and bad enough to look like he doesn't belong on a football field at times. For this reason I really think the New York Giants are the biggest conundrum in sports. A team that can never be counted on, nor counted out, and has no idea what it's identity is.