If there was one team in town that was granted unconditional love, the kind passed to three, four generations, it was the Giants, once known as the New York Football Giants for both emphasis and to avoid confusion with the baseball team that shared the Polo Grounds.
There was no number of losing teams, strange selections of head coaches, stranger play-calling and geographical inconveniences that could diminish Giants’ fans’ devotion.
And so sports continues to teach — force — its best customers to live without, many never to return.
Other moves… Some quick thoughts on other prominent moves made in the final flurry of activity as teams reduced their rosters to 53 players apiece by the deadline:
The Broncos might regret releasing safety T.J. Ward. The acrimony increased Monday, when Ward told reporters that the Broncos handled the situation in an “unprofessional” manner. Several of Denver’s defensive players expressed support for Ward before the move was made. John Elway has been very good as a front office executive and he gets the benefit of just about every doubt at this point.
Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins called the Eagles “hungry,” adding, “Every game we feel is an opportunity to establish ourselves, prove a point and to have fun. We don’t look past anybody. We’re going to enjoy every moment, stay in the moment and keep doing what got us here.”
Starter Trevor Siemian was benched this week in favor of Osweiler, who will be seeking the form he had two years ago in his first stint in Denver.
As turnovers continue to pile up and add to Denver losses, they’re trying to save their season, with a defense that’s ranked No. 1 in the NFL, from being wasted.
Siemian is ranked 29th in the league in passer rating (76.8) and has been sacked 25 times, tied for second-highest among the NFL starters. Siemian threw three interceptions in Monday night’s 29-19 loss to the Chiefs and has 10 for the season.
Anyway, this past Sunday, with the game about over and the winning Jaguars taking a clock-killing knee, Bennett ignited a now NFL-requisite brawl. After the snap, he threw himself at the back of center Brandon Linder’s knees. Then he jumped on Linder, who did not try to retaliate, a second time.