By Jason Keidel
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You don’t need Ancestry.com to get why the Jets/Mets and Giants/Yankees have been their own sports bundle to fans for generations. Just as the Jets and Mets shared Shea Stadium from the 1960s until the ’80s, the Bombers and Big Blue shared Yankee Stadium in the ’50s and ’60s.
The latter tandem was more corporate, if not successful, promoting a sense that you were not only knowledgeable but also more civilized. Shea was for the trucker. Yankee Stadium for the banker. And certainly over the last 30 years, the Giants, like the Yanks, have been the more successful franchise than their Gang Green cousins and co-tenants. Moreover, there’s an aristocracy among Giants fans, from the name of its patriarch, Wellington Mara, to the way the teams and their fans conduct themselves.
So it’s a bit surprising, if not alarming, that the Giants these days are acting like teens in reform school. You have Odell Beckham Jr.’s obscene TD celebration — a most elastic use of the word — by getting on his hands and knees, like a dog, then lifting his right leg, as if to urinate on the Eagles’ end zone. A week earlier, tight end Evan Engram celebrate his first career touchdown by grabbing his crotch. Then you have reports that Brandon Marshall spat on a Philly fan, a charge he strongly refutes.
Forget the win-loss record for a moment. Is this how the Giants do business? Tom Coughlin was hired long ago to bring a military ethic to the team. When his hand was deemed too heavy and he lost the pulse of his players, he mutated with the times and listened to a select few leaders to see how far out of touch he had become. And it worked.
Again, there must be a balance, or a difference, between the West Point…