Super Bowl 2012: Sports Illustrated Cover Is as Boring as Giants' Style of Play

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2012

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 6:   In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, Super Bowl XLVI MVP and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning takes a celebratory ride with Mickey Mouse on February 6, 2012 at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  The celebration at the theme park took place only one day after Manning led his team to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.  Immediately following the game, Manning looked into TV cameras and shouted 'I'm Going to Disney World!'  He is the latest star in the famous Disney commercial series. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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The New York Giants shocked the world again by winning the Super Bowl against bitter rivals the New England Patriots.

As amazing as the Super Bowl win and the playoff run were, the Sports Illustrated cover tweeted by Giants’ beat writer Mike Garafalo is just as boring as the style of play New York used to win their way to the top.

I have to give credit where it is due, though. New York won it all this year they should be very proud, but we tend to forget that this team sat at 7-7 with two weeks to go and needed everything to go their way. It did and you see what happened.

Despite the second Super Bowl in four seasons, the Giants aren’t nearly as good as they looked this postseason. They just happened to get hot at the right time.

Just like the SI cover, the Giants tend to bore people in the regular season. With an offense that features a stagnant run game and a need for the big play, watching the majority of a New York game for the one 70-yard bomb to Victor Cruz is hard to stomach.

As hard as it was to watch their inconsistent offense struggle up and down the field, there was nothing harder this season as to hear analysts falling all over themselves to compliment the Giants defense.

The Giants ranked in the bottom eight of every major defensive statistic on the board and were atrocious all season. Minus the playoffs of course.

With Sports Illustrated featuring boring Eli Manning and boring offensive linemen, my first inclination is to put the magazine back. It’s terrible to look at and the continued infatuation with the Giants should be over soon.

All of the cameras and photographers at the Super Bowl and the best SI can come up with is this picture?

An ugly picture for an ugly season. At least they won.


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