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