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  • When did you become a NY GIANTS fan and when was your first game you went to?

    I enjoy hearing stories from guys that been fans in the good ol' days like the 60s and 70s.

    I have been a fan since the 80s by birth but didn't start following the Giants seriously since last season. Growing up, my uncle and grandfather use to watch the Giants religiously while I use to wonder what was going on.

    My first game is the Giants/Tampa Bay game this year on my birthday!
    MANNING TO CRUZ....

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    I grew up on L.I., and became a ***ans fan in '60 when I was 13. My soon-to-be brother in law played for a bit with them that inaugural year. I watched the Giants on TV, but didn't care about them. In '67 I got married and my wife's spinster aunt was a Giant season ticket holder since '43. She didn't drive, so summer of '68, when I moved to CT, she let me take her to a Giants pre-season game against the Pats at Yale Bowl. Then, in '69 it was against the SB champ Jets (an incredible 'preseason' game). I was a Jet fan and Aunt Jean didn't like it. She made it her job to educate me about the great NY Giant's history and took me to more games and by the '71 season I was totally converted. Thank you, Aunt Jean. She lived long enough to enjoy SB XX!.

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    • #3
      welcome to the boards. i became a fan in the 93, i came to the united states from Trinidad and Tobago i didn't know about American football, i use to play football home or soccer to you. all my friends in brooklyn were giants fans they exposed me the sport and i couldn't help but be a fan myself, watching R.Hampton play inspired me to try out for my schools football team as a RB. ( made the roster as third string and worked my way to starting) best year for me was 1999-2000 where coach fassel made the guarantee, and getting to the super bowl. it was my first super bowl as i had missed the one we won in 1990. so emotions was high and i shed tears that day, that when i realized i was a true fan, not influenced by anyone else but because i loved this team. they have done me a great justice in the past 5 years for those tears shed in 2000.

      GO BIG BLUE!

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      • #4
        1961

        My dad,rip, indoctrinated me in 1961. I was hooked immediately.
        I watched the championship game on tv from Green Bay (37-0 packers)
        Watched the giants lose the next two championship games, to the packers and bears respectively.
        And then, no playoff football until 1981. Thankfully, commissioner Rozelle guide the giants into selecting george young to run the team. Young hired Ray Perkins, who changed the mindset from a family run country club into a situation where losing was going to be miserable. Young drafted Simms in 79 and LT in 81 and we were on our way.

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        • #5
          In 1981 when Lawrence Taylor was drafted. My uncle used to play for the Kecoughtan Warriors in Hampton, Virginia as an offensive lineman. I didn't get along with my uncle at all but I was forced to see some of his high school games. One game they played Lafayette(Williamsburg) and he was eaten up all game by Lawrence Taylor. I started following his whereabouts because of the embarrassment he put on my uncle. When the Giants picked him up I became a fan and have been since. I wasn't a diehard at that time but more of a casual fan.

          It wasn't until about '84 that I became more than a casual and then it got worse in the Marines because we always talked smack about "our" teams.

          First (and only to this point)live game I saw was on November 25, 2001 when the Giants played the Raiders. Even though the Giants lost I thought it was pretty cool because I got to see Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber, Jesse Armstead, Mike Barrow and a whole host of good players.

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          • #6
            I should just keep a what I am about to type saved somewhere in my computer so I can just copy and paste it every time this comes up.....



            ......for the old time guys who have heard this all before kindly skip this post


            I grew up in a family of rabid Giant fans in the 50's
            I lived in the Bronx in walking distance from Yankee Stadium and my dad and uncle would walk me down to the Concourse Plaza Hotel where some players lived.....on Sundays they would all walk together to the Stadium......yeah you heard me (read me) right......walk to the stadium.....

            so I apparently met a lot of the old time players in the 50s....but I dont really remember....sometimes I feel like I remember certain guys but I am not sure if it is from hearing the story so many times....or I actually remember....

            anyway.....my very first game was on Oct. 28 1962....Giants - Redskins
            my uncle and dad took my brother and I ...... I watched YA ***tle throw 7 TD passes and over 500yds... I have never been the same
            I was 9 years old and I remember the Giants were driving down the field with ease and everyone around me in the stands looked 100 feet tall ...and they were all yelling for YA to throw the 8th TD......but they just kept running the ball

            dads season tickets have been mine since '74....but one of the seats was always designated for him until his passing in '96

            a couple years ago I met YA at Giants Stadium ....I got a quick handshake and quickly got to tell him I was there that day and how it changed my life.
            he just smiled and said thank you
            thats all I needed
            Last edited by YATittle1962; 08-06-2012, 12:06 AM.

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            • #7
              I had been raised a Giant from birth, but didn't really lock on to it until 2000, when they had the flash of relevancy. I was too young to remember Simms and Taylor, and my first memory of the Giants was Dave Brown running the show. I did have the anti-Cowboys doctrine squarely ingrained however, to the point that in 1995 I became a 49ers fan for a few years because they prevented the 3- (and what would have been 4-) peat. I still see them as one of the other teams I like in the league (along with the packers). But anyway, after TC and Eli came in, I really started to get into it. I was decked out in blue for both SB wins against the Pats.

              Haven't been to any games in person though... I work in a church (which, by default, means I work Sundays).

              I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite team in the NFL.

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              • #8
                I became a Giants fan the night Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem. I followed them throughout that season because my bIg cousIn was a dIe hard that forced me and a frIend of mIne to watch but that amazing game sealed the deal. I missed a few years but I got back into football in 97 and I probably only missed 5 to seven games since.

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                • #9
                  born/ raised: Manhattan

                  Received a Jets hat from my godfather, didn't like it much. Always felt a pull towards the Giants since they rocked my favorite color. (remember I was a wee lad then)

                  Got a basic Giants tee from a friend of my dad, loved it. Had family from Chicago rub it in my face when the bears won, felt nothing but warm fuzzies the following year when I got to return the long-distance phone call.

                  sadly, never got to attend a game as the divorce of my parents followed by a swift moving away (re-location to Chicago) killed it.

                  I am waiting for the next time the Giants play the bears at chicago. Maybe I can take the Missus to my 1st Giants game.

                  (I've already caught the Knicks and Yanks here in recent years...the Giants and Rangers would make this homesick dude quite happy)


                  NFL Championships : 1927 1934 1938 1956 Super Bowl Champions: XXI XXV XLII XLVI

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                  • #10
                    Why Am I a Giants Fan!

                    I started out in mid-60's as a Browns fan. Loved Jim Brown and Frank Ryan. I also followed the Joe Kapp Vikings and the Purple People Eaters.
                    I became a fan when Fran Tarkenton was traded to Giants. They were pretty bad back then and I wanted to root for the underdog.Also they were on CBS every Sunday so I started following them.
                    I had Spider Lockhart and Ron Johnson SI Posters on my bedroom walls.
                    Loved Tarkenton and his scrambling. He made Giants respectable again.I remember actually crying when they lost that last game to the Rams when a win would've put them in the playoffs . They got crushed. I followed Fran back to the Vikings and became a Vikings fan again as well but I was still a huge Giants fan. I thought it was great when Giants went back to the classic ny helmets w/numbers on the front. Will always be a Giants fan.
                    The only game I ever attended was a pre-season game the season after their 1st Superbowl win. Sat way up top. Kinda sucked though.
                    Last edited by psmachetti; 08-05-2012, 08:33 PM. Reason: Add info

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                    • #11
                      I grew up in Southern NJ, and like most families there my family were all Eagles fans. Around 84 or 85 I started rooting for the Giants because they were in NJ, and because I like to be contrary. In the beginning of the season of 86 a friend of mine and I were talking trash on the school bus, he said Denver would win the SB, I countered with the Giants. In the end we bet $50 (neither of us could possibly have paid that!). I think most fans know how that season played out... it was then that I became the die hard fan that I am today. In case your wondering, no, I have never accurately picked another SB winner early in the season since then... but for one season, I was a football genius
                      My goal had been to win a championship, work toward the Hall of Fame, have my jersey retired by the team and I`d go in as a lifelong New York Giant, but I`m now resigned to the fact that this won`t happen. -- Michael Strahan, just when you think you're down...

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                      • #12
                        Many of my best memories are of a large family with Giants' blood running thru our veins. I don't remember my first game, I was wearing a diaper and have pics of it. My next game will be on Oct. 28th in Jerry's yard. The Giants' have never lost in Jerry's World, so I am so looking forward to this. Knock on Wood.

                        Just an aside: After the games my grandma would feed us all at her large, large table that set right in the kitchen. We moved to texas later on. Last time I saw her table it was not nearly as large as in my memories. GO GIANTS! GO GIANTS' FANS!

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                        • #13
                          I didn't get my seats till 2002.

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                          • #14
                            I have been a NY Giant fan since the mid Fifty’s when I went in the service .Got out in 59 could not get buy a ticket even if I could afford it .So because of the Rozell rule all home games were blacked out for fifty miles so the only way to see the games was drive from the Bronx to Stratford Con.we use to go to a little bar called the Frog pond.every Sunday home game. I worked nights just down the road so I went to training camp at Fairfield University almost everyday before my drive to the city so got to know most of the players could go on but don’t want to wear my welcome out on the first post.
                            "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
                            Benjamin Franklin

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                            • #15
                              Like many others I was born into a long line of gmen fans. Thinking back I remember actually watching with my dad from around 7-8 yrs old. However they are pics of me in HighChairs watching the Giants. My dad said he had me in the room for the games right from the start. My first real game I attended was around maybe ten yrs old at Yankee stadium for a Pre season game. I believe Allie Sherown was coach in 68 when we went and Alex Webster the following season again for preseason game. My uncle and coussin had some kind a hook up from a client in their business and in later yrs we got to go to a lot of regular season games. In fact when they moved over to Yale bowl for the two seasons we were able to get season tickets!!!
                              Last edited by miked1958; 08-05-2012, 10:10 PM.
                              Football has been very, very good to us.
                              After losing seasons 2013-15, the giants put up 11 wins in 16.. they are on way Back
                              But for now we can console ourselves with this fact-

                              # of Super Bowl victories since 1985:

                              1-Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Seattle
                              2-Washington, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
                              3-San Francisco, Dallas, Denver
                              4-New York Giants!!!
                              5-NE
                              Let's make it 5 in 2016 so we can be on a LINE NE again!!!

                              ***Stat provided by "Schloss22"***

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