See, I was born into a Yankees and Giants fan-family.
And fortunately, thanks to my age, I did not give a hoot about either team until the mid 1990’s.
So my sports fan hood started at a pretty ideal time.
This might explain why Yankees-Giants fans have always felt superior in the Big Apple to our nemesis the Mets-Jets fans.
As there are exceptions to every rule, I admit to consorting with a few Giants-Mets and Jets-Yankees fans but secretly they are viewed as almost problematic people.
So please try to understand that I have had superior fan status in my hometown of NYC my entire life.
Literally, I have known nothing else until now.
As 2013 has been a numbing reality check for both Yankees and Giants fans.
It started about a month ago with the Yankees missing the postseason for the only the second time in 19-seasons.
Almost to the day all hope was lost for the Yankees, the NFL season was starting, and I was ecstatic because the G-Men would certainly soften the baseball blow.
The Giants lost their 2013 season opener, 31-36 to their division rival Cowboys, ok fine as 0-1 is whatever.
Next quarterback Eli Manning’s big bro Peyton and his Broncos paid the Giants a home visit, and beat them 41-23. And the G-men fell to 0-2, no biggie right?
Correct, until week three when the Giants lost 0-38 to the 0-2 Carolina Panthers.
Now fast-forward to today, and the Giants have lost two more games and are sporting a 0-5 record on the season.
Following the teams latest defeat this past Sunday; I knew that desperate times like these called for drastic measures. So I made sure to watch the Jets game.
In the past, anytime the Giants had a bad day, fans found that focusing their attention on a New York Jets game would kindly remind them of how lucky a Giants-fan they were.
That is until now.
As the 2013 Jets actually look really good, like one of the better teams in the NFL.
The hometown favorite Falcons looked out-matched, as the Jets fought their way to their third victory on the season.
I figured there would be a time when the Jets, Mets or both would be relevant again, but not now. The Mets might jump ahead by default, but just like a W is a W…. better is still better.
I mean everyone knows that Giants football can be a crapshoot, as the team has been the definition of Jekyll and Hyde in sports for two decades. The G-Men were always a team to be reckoned with, as in even the bad is still pretty good.
Should I feel crazy thinking the Giants will win 10 -11 games in a row on their way to Super Bowl XLIX?
That cocky stride I had in my step has gone AWOL, and as I walk the streets of Manhattan my head hangs a little lower lately.
The Yankees demise is at the hands of inherited ownership that doesn’t know enough about baseball or doesn’t care to learn.
While the ever steady, save-the-day Giants are officially a bigger mess than the Jets ever were.
Can anyone tell me where to go from here?
Please refrain from thinking that I am changing jersey, but will I wear them less in shame?
Could this be the power shift in New York that Yankees-Giants fans have had nightmares about for years?