Fans of both teams are giving a Giant New York Welcome to Brett Favre.
Giants fans knew the honeymoon was over as soon as Jeremy Shockey opened his mouth. It had been an incredible run which ended with Giants fans cheering as Goliath lay, headless, wearing a hoodie. But, alas, all good things must come to an end.
At some point, the Giants had to stop celebrating and get back to work. Everyone knows how hard it is to win back-to-back Super Bowls. After all, there's more attention and expectations, and with all of it comes an unbelievable amount of pressure.
Add to this pressure the fact that the face of the franchise retired, the All-Pro tight end was screaming for a trade, and a newly-proven big game receiver was asking for more money. Things did not look good.
Fast forward a month and a half and Giants fans are sitting back watching camp in Albany and getting ready to watch their beloved G-Men defend their championship.
Shockey has been shipped off, and the cancer has been removed from the locker room. Cooler heads have prevailed in the Plaxico Burress case and Plax is working while the agent is talking.
Fans are realizing that Osi Umenyora and Justin Tuck will once again lead the best front line in football and the team has plenty of leadership with Eli's professionalism and Antonio Pierce's fire.
"What about the pressure of expectations?" I say "What expectations?" The Giants weren't even supposed to make the playoffs last year; not with a revamped Redskin team, a dangerous Eagles team, and a seasoned Tony Romo in Dallas.
The question of repeating is not asked of the Giants, but of the Patriots. Everyone wants to see if they can go 19-0. They're the team everyone's picking. Hell, most people aren't even picking the Giants to win the division.
As a final piece to the pressure free Giants camp, Brett Favre has just been dealt to the New York Jets to help them make the playoffs. The legend will steal the headlines from Eli, just the way Eli likes it.
The Giants won't be top bill at the beginning, a perfect way to start their lazy march back to the playoffs.
Eli can make the mistakes that are bound to happen. He can quietly come back to being a mere mortal and pilot his team against a very hard division, without having to worry whether his two-interception game will be talked about all week. Sure, he'll get attention, but it won't be as much with a green No. 4 under center for the Jets.
The Giants have been handed quite an opportunity in the offseason frenzy. An ability to quietly get to work at camp, for their shy quarterback to quietly take the reins at the beginning of a season, and a media obsessed with a legend, a coach and a pursuit of perfection.
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