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An apologist's justification.

As a lifelong Reid supporter, I'd like to weigh in on what we, the staunch supporters of our brave head coach and his infallible vision, believe to be the case regarding the Giants recent Super Bowl victory.

Talking point #1--The Giants won because of pure luck. Skill, talent and coaching had absolutely nothing to do with any of the Giants victories this season and Eli Manning's 4900 yards passing were a function of smoke, mirrors and favorable Meadowlands winds caused by leaving tarmac gates open. And David Tyree caught the ball with his fucking helmet. Receivers of the past used their hands to do it. And don't even get me started on Manningham...he cheated by using the sophisticated and deceptive technique of quickly getting both feet down before going out of bounds for his lucky grab. He was too afraid to go over the middle, I suppose.

Talking point #2--Juan Castillo is a great defensive mind. While you might not believe that this played a role in the Giants lucky streak, you'd be wrong. It is a function of Castillo's brilliance that Tom Coughlin was so struck with fear at the prospect of playing the Eagles that he lost to them in week 11. It was precisely this loss that enabled the Giants to win the Super Bowl. Hear me out. Were it not for the loss to the Eagles in Week 11 (which in and of itself is testament to Castillo's Dick Le Beau-esque command of the game), the Giants would not have then lost to the Saints and the Packers in consecutive weeks. Castillo's superior defensive prowess cowed the Giants into submission and actually caused them to lose the following two games, you see. If THIS didn't happen, the Giants would have had an 11-5 record and would have run away with the division, breeding a case of overconfidence on the part of their team and an inevitable Packers-like letdown.

Talking point #3--Reid is a better coach than Coughlin. Sure, Coughlin has two Super Bowl wins. But really, who these days doesn't? Winning multiple Super Bowls is the new pink. Everyone does it. What's more admirable is consistency. You see, Tom Coughlin's record with the Giants is 74-54. That's a paltry .578 winning percentage. Andy Reid's record, on the other hand is 126-81-1 for a .609 winning percentage. We, the Apologists Supporters Society, would like to point out that "you've gotta be in the hunt in order to have a chance." Reid gives us the shot we need without having to rely on luck.

Talking point #4--The Eagles have the Giants number. The Eagles record over the Giants the last few years is quite good. Most of the time the Eagles play the Giants, they beat them. I guess you could look at it a bit like this...since the Giants won the Super Bowl, and the Eagles beat the Giants the last time they played them, the Eagles REALLY won the Super Bowl if you think about it. But only if you think about it.

Talking point #5--This one is straight from our defensive coordinator's mouth. Earlier, posting under the name bdawk4ever (give it up, Juan. We know it's you, big fella!) he wrote, "It helps to know that the best team doesn’t always win it, and just winning a Super Bowl doesn’t make a team great. Seriously, where will the 2011 Giants rank in Super Bowl history? Pretty far down the list." It sure does help. In fact, it helps so much that we, the Apologist Supporters Society, would like to submit our final talking point...

Talking point #6--Because of the lockout (and the fact that the Eagles didn't have a fair chance to prepare), the 2011-2012 season never happened. Because if the season did happen, the team with the most talent on paper would have won. That's always what happens.

Amen.

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