The confetti has fallen. The parade is over. The Trophy is in hand.
Now, finally, it is time to take a serious, sober look at next year. Now, with our adrenaline no longer hovering around Orange Alert, with the euphoria of defeating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots a second time faded, with the "is he is or is he not a Hall of Famer" discussion silenced for a while, we can get down to business.
And, in the business of repeating as Super Bowl champions, the Giants have been abysmal.
After their 1986 dream season ended with a Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos, they went 6-9, with not even a sniff at the postseason. They followed up their 1991 "Wide Right" win in Super Bowl XXV with a .500 record and no playoffs. In 2008, a successful defense was looking good until Plaxico Burress, a loose waistband and an illegal handgun derailed their hopes for a repeat.
So, what's to make us think 2012 will be different? Read and learn, my NFL friends. Read and learn.