A New York Giants Fan's Guide to Hating Rival Opponent Washington Redskins

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IIJuly 12, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 03:  A New York Giants fan holds up a sign as the Giants take on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 3, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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New York Giants fans are ingrained with a genuine hatred for all NFC East opponents, but it's the newly revived rivalry between Big Blue and the Washington Redskins that raises fans' blood pressure the most.

After Mark Rypien's departure in 1993 and before RGIII took over in 2012, the musical chairs of quarterbacks—including Rex Grossman, Donovan McNabb, Jason Campbell, Mark Brunell, Patrick Ramsey, Tony Banks, Brad Johnson, Trent Green, Gus Frerotte and Heath Shuler—seemed to deflate the Giants fans' hatred for the burgundy, gold and white.

Not anymore.

Big Blue faithful's bitterness and anxious energy is squarely focused back on the Redskins thanks to Griffin.

We can all relate to that person we're forced to see two, sometimes three times a year whom we just can't stand—Robert Griffin III is that person for Giants fans.

The agita will always be there for the Cowboys and Eagles, but Giants fans despising the Redskins is as American as apple pie.

There's a few particular moments in history that illustrate why Giants fans should hate the Redskins.  


One of Their Earlier Meetings

If it's history that Giants fans want as more fuel to hate Washington, let's go back to 1937, when it was the Redskins' first season in Washington.

Then-owner George Preston Marshall would make Daniel Snyder look like a choir boy, as Marshall was a rampant racist.  

Marshall brought 12,000 fans and a 150-piece marching band to New York for the Eastern Conference Championship game that was at stake, and he orchestrated a parade down the streets of Manhattan singing their new fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.”

Washington went on to blast the Giants, 49-14.


All of the 1980s

In the 1980s, it was practically the Giants, the Redskins and the rest of the NFL. The two combined to win seven NFC East divisional titles, with the edge going to the Redskins four to three.


Controversy with an Ex-Giant

In a November game in 1966, former Giant Sam Huff instigated some controversy.  The Redskins were up 69-41 over the G-Men with seconds remaining, and out of pure spite for the Giants, Huff ordered Washington to kick a field goal instead of kneeling on the ball.

The game ended 72-41, Redskins.


The Broken Leg Game

Nov. 18, 1985 lives in Redskins history forever, as it was the game where Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann's leg, ending his career.  

Giants fans love this moment because it solidified Taylor as one of the toughest football players ever.

What is often forgotten is that the Redskins won that game 23-21, and Big Blue had a 21-14 lead going into the fourth quarter.  


The Latest Chapter

The G-Men held a 16-10 lead over the Redskins in Washington on Monday Night Football last December until RGIII led his team on a 12-play, 86-yard drive that lasted 6:38 and ultimately won the game.

For the cherry on top, Griffin passed Cam Newton for most rushing yards by a rookie in that game.

Despite the Giants holding a 93-65-4 career edge over Washington, the Redskins have been a thorn in the Giants' side throughout their rivalry.

As far as Giants fans are concerned, they have more than enough reasons to hate the rival Redskins.