Deja blue: Just as he did four years against the Packers, Lawrence Tynes (9) kicked the Giants into the Super Bowl, this time against the 49ers in overtime.
Sometimes, you just got to roll with it baby.
New York football Giants fans, you know what I’m talking about.
A little more than a month ago, on a frigid Sunday afternoon in New York, the Giants looked like anything but Super Bowl contenders. A discouraging loss to the Redskins left the Giants all but dead at 7-7.
Watching that game at the Westchester Country Airport, my flight to sunny Tampa delayed, put me in a foul mood. From all appearances,the season was over.
A week later, Christmas Eve in Florida, I couldn’t even get the Giants-Jets game on TV, since the local Fox affiliate was showing Tampa Bay vs. Carolina.
With the Giants trailing 7-0 early, I headed to Indian Rocks Beach, figuring at least I could get some sun on a beautiful day in paradise, maybe even a swim in the Gulf.
When I checked my smartphone about an hour later, I noticed the Giants had taken the lead on a 99-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.
Filled with a renewed sense of hope this holiday season, I gathered up my towel and flip flops and headed for Goose’s, the nearest sports bar. That was the turning point.
Ever since Goose’s, the Giants have been the hottest team in pro football. They beat the Jets that day, then took out the Cowboys in a winner-take-all game to clinch the NFC East and make the playoffs.
In rapid-fire succession, the Giants beat the Falcons for their first playoff win ever in Met Life Stadium, did a Lambeau leap over the heavily-favored Packers in Green Bay, and then outlasted the 49ers in overtime in the NFC Championship game.
The Giants are going to the Super Bowl for a rematch with the Patiots. It’s deja blue all over again. Just like four years ago, when they won Super Bowl XLII.
Can they do it again? Who knows,
Right now, I’m just Just rollin’ with it.