By now you know the Giants were blown out at their last home game in Giants Stadium by the Carolina Panthers 41-9. The Giants were uninspired from the start of the game, so before you think this is a post about how putrid the Giants were today, think again. This post is about how putrid the send off was by the Maras and the Tischs for the long time Giants fan.
Yes, those that know me personally, know that my family has had tickets to the Giants by way of my grandfather going back to the Polo Grounds. I've been lucky enough to sit in the same seats in the current Giants Stadium for the past 33 years. I personally own 1/4 of a row of 6 seats in section 134, row 15 (my family splits the seats with another family and then I split them with my Uncle). We love to tailgate and as usual we tailgated today by the Pegasus Race Track. Everything was going great until we started making our way in, so in order of the lamest, most fan unfriendly, cheapest, send off in the history of fan send offs, I give you the disappointments we experienced along the way...
- On our way into the game by Gate A, the ticket scanners broke down so the people checking the tickets started ripping them. This caused many fans to scream out in horror until security showed up and allowed people into the game without scanning or ripping the tickets.
- The tents that were always setup to sell Giants apparel and gifts were closed up which I found odd because, well, people like buying Giants stuff and they could always bring it over to the new stadium, right? A Lawrence Taylor throw-back Jersey can sell any day, any where, right?
- On our way in I noticed one of the Giants booth where they sell gifts/apparel was pretty much barren except for the loads of Sinorice Moss jerseys hanging; here's a hint, nobody wants to buy those except his friends and family.
- So at the start of the game, what do we get? Flyovers by Black Hawk helicopters? Nope not this week. Some famous singer? Nope. How about some famous Giants players? Nope. We got a family with three living generations at the game (nice touch, but if that's the highlight, that's not good).
- The first half of the game was disgustingly bad, but we held out hope for a decent halftime show
- Sadly we were mistaken as the Giants with all of their millions and millions of dollars put on the cheapest halftime show in the history of halftime shows. Let alone a send off for the fans that have sat in these seats for 33 years and many of them forked over $10K per seat (like me) for the new stadium. Let's look at how cheap and disrespectful they were to the fans with this halftime show...
b) And what does Bob do? He has us turn to the video screens to watch Bruce Springsteen sing Wrecking Ball with photos of great Giants Moments. The biggest problem was, this was a 99 cent iTunes copy of the song (not sure, but it sure felt like this). Could the Giants have been any cheaper? Did you actually think to ask Bruce and family to come as your guests and have him strap on a guitar and harmonica and sing Wrecking Ball live? Heck send him a car and give him great seats or let Bruce stand on the sidelines. Come on. Try something.
c) Then Jason Sehorn comes out representing the greatest play at Giants Stadium but as my wife notices as soon as he is on the sideline he takes off his Giants uniform and puts a coat on (it was in the 40s so he couldn't have been cold).
d) Finally LT comes out, but by the time he arrives on the field there were about 3 minutes left in halftime which is just about the time the teams come back out on the field. He says nothing. We cheer for him and that's it. No greatest hits video on Lawrence Taylor and then the halftime show ended.
That's it. No "Derek Jeter" farewell speech. No cool moments. It was basically the cheapest possible farewell to the fans that The Giants could do and still call it a farewell. We left and went out our usual gate, but sticking with the cheapness of the day, there were no farewell posters for us out our gate.
Thanks Mara and Tisch for the lamest, cheapest farewell in the history of American Sports.