This New York Giants Fan Guide will help you understand one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. As one of the five inaugural teams to comprise the NFL, the New York Football Giants are one of the league’s oldest franchises, earning eight NFL Championship titles in 88 seasons, including four Super Bowl wins.
Some of the greatest names to play the game have been etched into the Giants’ history book, including Frank Gifford, Tiki Barber, and of course, Lawrence Taylor.
True Giants fans know that OBJ’s helmet catch was one of the greatest plays of all time, that there’s nothing worse than the Dallas Cowboys, and that no one can help but smile at the sight of Michael Strahan.
New York Giants Fan Guide
The Giants have certainly bounced around in the past: from playing at the Polo Grounds to the Yale Bowl to Yankee Stadium, and so many more in between. Ultimately, the only home that matters is the hearts of the fans, and we have plenty of love to give for our NYFG (New York Football Giants).
NY Giants Top Traditions
There’s really only one tradition here that matters as it’s become the most widespread celebration in all of sports: The Gatorade Shower.
Jim Burt is officially credited for executing the first ever Gatorade Shower on Coach Bill Parcells following a 1985 victory over the Washington Redskins.
After a number of disappointing seasons, the Giants may finally have a breakthrough year thanks to three timely factors: the hiring of Pat Shurmur, the return and recovery of Odell Beckham, Jr., and the drafting of our very own modern day Hercules, Saquon Barkley.
- Let’s go, G-Men!
- Go Big Blue!
New York Giants Fantasy Team Names
- All Hail the New York Giants.
- Playbook of Eli.
- Manning of Steel.
- Sterling Is My Shepard.
- Saved by Odell.
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- “Winning is what happens when commitment, desire, talent, preparation, hard work, and leadership all come together.”
- “Knowledge is confidence. And confidence lets you play fast.”
- “In New York, they like winners. They don’t like second place.”
- “Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.”
- Corned Beef Hoagie
- Meatball Sub
- Kitchen Sink Sandwich – chicken, sausage, potatoes, and everything else you could ever need.
Notice a pattern? It’s a carnivore paradise.
Tawwkin’ in Noo Yawk
- Wanna soder or watta?
- Hey yous guys!
- De game is at tree on Satuhdey!
- Ahrite ahready!
- It’s How-ston Street not Hu-ston Street (for Houston Street).
- Talk fast. No one has time to waste here.
- “Mad” is an adjective that has nothing to do with being angry. “I’m mad tired.”
- Talk with your hands. They’re just as important here. Preferably use one hand to hold your slice of pizza, and the other to speak.
- Get outta heyah!
Best Giants Twitter Accounts
- Jordan Raanan – https://twitter.com/jordanraanan
- Art Stapleton – https://twitter.com/art_stapleton
- Giants Daily – https://twitter.com/nygdaily
- Odell Beckham, Jr. – https://twitter.com/OBJ_3
The longstanding history of the New York Giants means there’s a ton of vintage jersey and logo options out there to rock at your next tailgate. There are awesome finds to be made, like this amazing throwback jacket or this hat featuring the capitalized version of the present-day logo.
NYFG vs. Dallas Cowboys: This rivalry was sparked by former Giants Head Coach Bill Parcells move to the Dallas Cowboys in 2003. In 2007, the Giants won the Divisional playoff game against the Cowboys, which turned out to be the final playoff game to ever be played in Texas Stadium.
NYFG vs. Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles rivalry is generations-old, and mostly a result of their geographic proximities. One of the oldest in NFL history, it is also one of the most competitive; the Giants barely hold the upper hand in their all-time series record, which is 85-81-2.
NYFG vs. Washington Redskins: Both of these teams play in the NFC East, making this the oldest rivalry in the conference. This is a fiercely competitive rivalry which has seen success on behalf of both teams. Longtime Giants owner Wellington Mara considered the Redskins to be the Giants’ “truest rival.”
NY Giants Image
The Giants have always had clean, classy jerseys, but here are some of the most notable to rock on game day:
- Phil Simms – Classic double-stripe sleeve.
- Eli Manning – Number 10 will be a staple for years to come.
- Lawrence Taylor – You can never go wrong with a retired jersey.
- Odell Beckham, Jr. – Must have the blonde hair tips to pull this off with panache.
Giants Talking Points
- Is Eli Elite? Sure, you can’t spell “elite” without “Eli.” Although the veteran quarterback has two Super Bowl rings, his inconsistency and comparison to brother Peyton have fueled this debate for years.
- Is Saquon Barkley too good to be true? Barkley is arguably the most physically gifted athlete we have seen in very long time. However, the New York spotlight is strong, and many simply can’t hold up under the pressure. The running back position is also an unforgiving one, and has been known to break down even the most gifted players far in advance of their prime.
What New York Giants Fan Guide would be complete without readers understanding the team’s brand? The official logo of the New York Giants has evolved over the years. It began with the “giant quarterback” towering above the New York skyline ready to throw a pass. Since then, there have been several renditions including the complete spelling of “Giants” and different stylings of “NY.” Today, the official logo is the lower-case scripted blue “NY” with a red outline.
- Lawrence Taylor – First and foremost, one of the most influential players of all time, and arguably the best defender to ever play the game. The Giants curated their defensive formation specifically for LT, and there are very few players that have played since that would be able to measure up to this legend.
- Harry Carson – The Hall of Fame linebacker spent his entire professional playing career with the Giants, serving as captain for ten of those years. He is part of a group of linebackers considered to be the greatest of all time, and was an extraordinary leader for the entire organization. During the singing of the national anthem, Bill Parcells would have Carson stand by his side for good luck.
- Frank Gifford – A true Renaissance Man, Gifford could truly do it all. In fact, he made the Pro Bowl at three different positions: as a running back, a defensive back, and as a wide receiver. Plus he married Kathie Lee, known for her role as television host of several programs, including Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee and Kathie Lee and Hoda.
- Michael Strahan – Since Strahan’s retirement in 2008, he’s made a successful career for himself in NFL broadcasting, hosting Live with Kelly and Michael, Good Morning America, and more. His “retirement” has been so successful, in fact, that oftentimes people forget just how successful he was on the field. Strahan made the Pro Bowl seven times, holds the Giants’ all-time sacks record, and set the NFL record for most sacks in a single season.
Players to Watch Now
- Saquon Barkley – The outstanding 2018 draft pick will fill a much-needed role at running back. His arrival, paired with new, offensive-minded head coach Pat Shurmur, should make for some on-field magic this season.
- Sterling Shepard – The Giants have an array of talented receivers, but Shepard’s role has already begun to change in early-season workouts with Shurmur. He is playing more outside receiver work this preseason. It will be interesting to see what’s up Shurmur’s sleeve when it comes to Shepard.
- Cody Latimer – Free agent pickup Latimer joins the Giants following the release of Brandon Marshall, and with no newly drafted wide receivers. Latimer, who is a veteran at the outside position, could be facing off against Shepard for a starting slot opposite OBJ.
Current NY Coach
Under former head coach Ben McAdoo, the Giants offense was unimpressive and uninspiring. Plays became predictable, if not completely boring. With the offseason hiring of Pat Shurmur, the Giants are in store for a shock of offensive intelligence. This is the man behind the development of Nick Foles, Sam Bradford, and Case Keenum.
Compared to his past roles, Shurmur actually comes to the Giants operating at an advantage. In the past, he’s had to focus his time and energies on grooming a quarterback before moving on to curate the rest of the offense. Thanks to the veteran status of Eli Manning, Shurmur can focus his attention on the Giants’ wide array of talented receivers from the very beginning.
Giants fans are overdue for an offensive refresh. Here’s hoping Pat Shurmur can deliver.
Since the team’s inception in 1925, the Giants have been at least partially owned by the same family for their entire existence. Founded by Tim Mara, ownership has been passed down through the generations, to current co-owner and CEO John Mara. John’s brother, also named Tim, is the father of actresses Rooney and Kate Mara.
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Following the Team
Where do the Giants play?
After years of moving between homes, the Giants have finally settled at MetLife Stadium, part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in New Jersey. At the time of its construction, it was the most expensive stadium ever built, tapping out at approximately $1.6 billion.
The Giants actually share the stadium with the New York Jets, and is the only other stadium aside from the Staples Center to house two teams from the same sports league.
How to get tickets
- Not Craigslist
- Tons of ticketing options, but you can usually find some great deals on Vivid Seats.
Giants 2018 – 2019 schedule:
8/9 – New York Giants vs. Cleveland Browns
8/17 – New York Giants at Detroit Lions
8/24 – New York Giants at New York Jets
8/30 – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
9/9 – New York Giants vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
9/16 – New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
9/23 – New York Giants at Houston Texans
9/30 – New York Giants vs. New Orleans Saints
10/7 – New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
10/11 – New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
10/22 – New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons
10/28 – New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
11/12 – New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers
11/18 – New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11/25 – New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
12/02 – New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
12/09 – New York Giants at Washington Redskins
12/16 – New York Giants vs. Tennessee Titans
Week 16 (TBD) New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts
12/30 – New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Written by Katie Kanner
Katie’s family roots groomed a healthy obsession with New York sports; personal roots created an appreciation for Maryland teams (and Old Bay).
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