Every team that wins the Super Bowl makes a point of stressing that no one gave it any respect. This usually means the media, and it's usually not true, but this offseason the paranoia felt by the New York Giants not only was justified, it was caused by remarks made by rival players, not harmless reporters.
From Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews saying recently that "(the Giants) didn't beat us (in the playoffs); we beat ourselves," to San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner saying days later that the Saints and Packers "were the two best teams in the playoffs and once they went down we felt like it was ours to lose, and we let it slip through our fingers," everyone seemed to attribute the Giants' second ring in the Tom Coughlin era to classic good luck.
How else to explain such dominating football from a 9-7 regular-season team?
Well, two longtime standard-bearers for the Big Blue, defensive linemen Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, finally had enough. On Monday, they said to The Star-Ledger what all Giants fans must have been thinking for a while now.