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Why I love the New York Giants

Posted on: January 18, 2008 1:30 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2008 11:14 am

First, my brother and his wife decided to buy some tickets for the big game Sunday. They are flying to Milwaukee and heading to the game. She's from the area, never been to Lambeau,and  never seen Favre play in person. My bro is a New Yorker and big Giants fan. They will be there flying the respective colors for their teams. Go Giants! Harumph, Harumph...

All these leads into my being a Giants fan and why I love the New York Football Giants. I've been a Giants fan a good thirty plus years, don't recall when it started exactly. I just know that I watched Joe Picarcik fumble live on TV. I know I went to a Giants Eagle game in like 1978 at the Meadowlands. Well I think you get the idea but I what I really need to mentio,  what made me a Giants fan for life. It's not LT, the Super Bowl winners or Phil Simms although they have brought me much happiness.

Perhaps I should say who made me a Giants fan for life. A classy man who's contribution to New York and the NFL were remarkable. A selfless, generous family man named Wellington. I was lucky enough to meet him through a charity that my father was involved with years ago. The charity was just getting started and the Giants were a valuable contributor and instrumental in getting it started because of Mr. Mara.

I was 14 or 15 at the time. I had kind of forgotten the story but I asked my dad when Wellington died a few  years ago and he confirmed what I thought...

I meet Mr. Mara a few times but one of the last times I ever saw him he introduced me to a man named Alan Ameche. Yes, the Iron Horse. The Alan Ameche who had scored the winning TD against the Giants in one of the most famous games in NFL history. Mr. Mara had invited Mr. Ameche to a dedication ceremony for the charity. Anyhow, I was introduced to Mr. Ameche, a very nice, kind man. He was larger than life eventhough he was "middle aged".

Here I am, 15 year old or so, IrishNY, talking to Mr. Mara and Mr. Ameche and the subject of Mother Theresa comes up. The conversation was about charitable endeavors, good people, something along those lines. Mr. Mara mentions that Mother Theresa is visiting NY and staying in the South Bronx at the time. Mr. Ameche says what an honor it would be to meet her etcera.

Well, the next thing you know Mr. Mara has made a few calls and made arrangements for Alan Ameche to go meet Mother Theresa in the South Bronx. For some reason, Mr. Ameche had to go right away and Mr. Mara was unable to go with him.

Mr. Ameche approaches my dad and I, asks would you like to go with us? My dad is unable to go. Like I said before, I didn't remember the exact details for awhile and had to get grandpa IrishNY to verify. I guess it was such an unexpected and surreal experience.

Anyway, my dad can't go but says, hey kiddo, would you like to go with Mr. & Mrs. Ameche? This is unreal. I think. Well, it is the South Bronx and this is back in the day when it was kind of dangerous but Mr. Mara has arranged it all, Mr. Ameche is still a big, strong guy although he seemed more the gentle giant type.  A  car service is going to take us there and back home or I should say drop me at home and bring the Ameches to their hotel.  I honestly don't remember where Mr. Ameche and his wife were staying because the car dropped me off after we met Mother Theresa and I never saw them again.

One thing I will never forget though is how kind and generous Wellington was to the charity and what a gentlemen he was to Alan Ameche a man who had scored a famous TD that certainly disappointed the Giants and the Mara family tremendously. I think I even asked them about it because the subject certainly came up as I recall looking at the Mr. Ameches NFL championship watch. Yes, they didn't get rings in the 1950's.

So, there you have it. My New York Giant fanhood was sealed for life. A kind man with class and dignity had given me a once in a lifetime opportunity. The memories of games are there, fun times, disappointing times. You know the average life of a fan but I will always associate the Giants and the Mara family with class and dignity....  

I desperately hope the New York Giants win on Sunday. I am very excited to watch the game. I will be with family and friends so win or lose, I will have fun and be grateful for all the I have and try and act with an iota of the class that Mr. Wellington Mara had. Go Giants!

Sunday game day - NFC Championship - Giants v. Packers - My brother and his wife made it to Wisconsin. Snow in Atlanta almost messed them up and caused them to have to drive 14 hours.

An addendum to my story: Mr. Ameche, his wife and I got to the South Bronx were ushered into a room and had an audience with Mother Theresa for about five minutes. What a great experience! Again, thanks to Wellington Mara. I'm sure that Mr. Mara would be very proud of this Giants team for sticking together and exceeding expectations. Win or lose, I am proud of the Giants as well. I want them to win though. I would be lying if I said otherwise. Go Giants!

Super Bowl Sunday - Also, my wife's birthday! It's game day. Time for Super Bowl XLII.  The New York Footbal Giants are playing the undefeated 18-0 New England Patriots. The Giants have had a great run through the playoffs...will it continue? It will be a tough task beating the Patriots today but we will see soon enough.

I hope it's a great game. My family is going to have a fantastic day and I will still love the Giants no matter what happens...

Roll on, Big Blue. Go Giants!


Category: NFL

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2008 3:52 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

Neilp, Thanks!

What a great game...for Giants fans. The Patriots were very close to achieving immortality and I give them a lot of credit for a fantastic season.

BTW, I'm too excited to even brag...

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2008 4:52 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

PS  I guess you can brag all you want now!!!!!

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2008 4:51 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

Great win Irish, the Giants played a totally awesome game and deserved to win. If as a Patriots fan I can take anything positive from this game it a satisfaction and happiness that at least Eli will not spend his entire career in the shadow of his brother, that would have been very harsh.

Enjoy the victory and savor know what is coming next season. The target on your backs will be big, the hatred will be venomous and totally unreasonable...but thats football!!



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2008 8:13 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

Congratulations, Irish, Giants fans...I'll be rooting for the G-MEN in the SB...:)

Thanks, Deion. The Giants are gonna need a full team effort to win. Your support is appreciated. If it makes you feel a little better, I would have been rooting for the Packers in the SB  if they had won.

Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2008 12:14 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

Congratulations, Irish, Giants fans...I'll be rooting for the G-MEN in the SB...:)

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2008 10:55 am

Why I love the New York Giants

How 'bout them Giants?

Nasty, Oh, my!  OMG...

What a great game!

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2008 10:41 am

Why I love the New York Giants

How 'bout them Giants?

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2008 3:06 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

Deion3318, Good to see you. I guess we are rooting for opposite sides in football this weekend. Oh, well...we can enjoy talking Yankee baseball soon enough.

My brother and his wife are actually in a bit of a pickle. Who would have ever guessed that they would get snowed Atlanta of all places. They have a flight tonight, otherwise, they might have to get in the car and drive 14 hrs!

 Enjoy the game.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2008 12:50 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2008 5:13 pm

Why I love the New York Giants

Besides for the fact that I got to meet three legendary people, what amazed me the most was how kind and generous Mara was to Ameche. A true lesson in life. My father had told me the story about the NFL championship game but I knew it anyway, because I was a fanatic back then.

Yup, I met Mother Theresa. A quiet women but she had this sparkle in her eyes. Ameche was thrilled to met her and so grateful to Mara for making it happen.

No, I didn't make it to the papal masses but I have a picture of my uncle shaking Pope John Paul's hand....

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