Frustrated New York Giants Fans: Whatever You Do, Stay Away from Paper Bags

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 18: An Oakland Raiders fan covers his head with a paper bag during their loss to the New Orleans Saints at Coliseum on November 18, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Maybe they were being a little sarcastic, or maybe they let their frustration get the best of them. Regardless, New York Giants fans have to hope and/or ensure that what these three Giants "supporters" did Sunday in Kansas City won't become a regular practice back in New Jersey:

That's a screenshot of the FOX broadcast soon after a Chiefs touchdown in the fourth quarter. KC had gone up 24-7 and the Giants were well on their way to a fourth straight loss to start the season. Many—yours truly included—missed this live because, well, we couldn't bear to watch the final moments of carnage. 

I guess Elisabeth Kübler-Ross never came up with a "Five Stages of Football Grief," so we're not totally sure how to react when bad things happen to good NFL teams. But in cases like these, it's better to be sad than to be mad. On Sunday, most Giants fans likely felt helpless and upset, sort of like that child who was forced to witness Homer Simpson violently take down the Krusty Burglar:

But at least a trio of fans instead chose to don paper bags in protest. 

They were protesting the only NFL team that has won multiple Super Bowls in the last six years, one that has won more often in the last 27 years than anyone else. The G-Men have four championships since 1986. The Patriots, Cowboys and 49ers have three apiece. 

The Dolphins, Vikings, Chiefs, Lions, Browns and Jets haven't even played in a single Super Bowl in that span. Despite being older than the Lombardi Trophy, Minnesota, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia have a combined zero Super Bowl victories. 

Those are the franchises paper bags were made for, not the Giants. Not a team that hasn't posted a losing record in nearly a decade.

They aren't the type of team local New Orleans sportscaster Buddy Diliberto had in mind when he spawned the paper bag theme to mock the Saints in 1980. The idea, according to the New York Times, stemmed from the Unknown Comic, who wore a paper bag onstage during "The Gong Show."

At that point, the Saints had not had a winning season in...ever. They were a 14-year-old franchise that had never been to the playoffs and had an all-time winning percentage of .285. They were the worst team in football for a decade and a half. 

Copycat fans have since done the paper bag thing in other cities and other sports, and usually with good reason. It makes sense to make a statement if you live in Detroit or Cincinnati or Buffalo and are tired of losing year after year. Protest the stagnancy.

But if you're a fan of a team like the New York Giants and you're making a premeditated effort to bring a paper bag to a game before putting it over your eyes, ears, nose and mouth, you're the epitome of a spoiled sports fan. 

There are fans out there who would willingly violate federal laws and commit felonious offenses to see their favorite team win one bloody championship. Your team has somehow landed two of them in less than a decade, despite only going 19-13 in those two Super Bowl campaigns. They weren't supposed to win in 2007, and were an even bigger longshot in 2011. The Giants could suck for the next 10 years, but that still wouldn't be enough to merit using a paper bag for anything other than lunch or leaves. 

If you've decided to protest and mock a franchise that has won 33 percent of the last six Super Bowls and has the eighth-highest winning percentage in football since 2005, you might have to go back to the drawing board.