The Giants afterparty in Minnesota is the start of something big

Longtime Giants security guard Mike Murphy was wearing a jacket and tie outside the visitors locker room, which was a special event for him. Bill Parcells once discovered a former bull-necked cop on the Jersey Shore – the origin story of the giants retiring them all – Morph is the kind of guy who only dresses to weddings and funerals, and only after checking if he needs to.

But when asked after the Giants’ 31-24 wild game win over the Vikings why he felt the need to show up at US Bank Stadium in more uniform, he replied, “It’s the playoffs. It’s so good to be back.”

Morph was positively beaming after more than 30 years on the job, and he wasn’t alone. A family celebration erupted around him, which is an appropriate development since the Giants have always been a family business. Five generations of Maras seem to have gathered outside the locker room door—there were actually 47 members of the Mara clan—along with co-owner Steve Tish, who seems happier than he has for a very long time.

However, it wasn’t just sheer joy on their faces. The feeling of absolute relief was as clear as day too.

John Mara summed it all up perfectly in two words: “We’re back.” It really is all that needs to be said. His Giants became an embarrassment, stacking one season of double-digit losing streaks on top of another, and he was absorbing heavy body hits from all angles.

The New York Giants bench celebrates after the Vikings flipped the ball on first down, with less than two minutes remaining
The New York Giants bench celebrates after the Vikings flipped the ball on first down, with less than two minutes remaining.
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Not all of this criticism was warranted. But a great deal of it was, frankly, which is why Mara compared the waiting time for the Giants’ first postseason win since Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012 to his father Wellington’s dark ages from 1964 through 1980, highlighted by the fan revolution of the late 1970s.

Giants leave a huge hole in the market when they descend into a prolonged period of insignificance. And when they recover and show signs of progress toward the championship race, it fills a lot of blanks.

“I just noticed the Empire State Building blue, and to see the excitement around the city, to see how excited our fans are right now, that’s the best part of this for me,” Mara said Sunday night.

Mara may not have said it, but he had to feel good about his family members, too, especially for his brother Chris, a longtime staff executive who faced intense scrutiny over accusations stemming from bloodlines getting in the way of honest, football-only ratings.

Chris’s presence is usually inconspicuous after games, and he was standing in the middle of the locker room celebration wearing the same expression John had on his face.

New York Giants owner John Mara looks at the NFC Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings
John Mara is happy to see the Giants as a source of New York excitement again.
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“I’ve gone from receiving actual threats to taking ticket requests now,” Chris Mara told The Post. “It’s nice to feel that way again. The important thing for my dad was to make sure you play meaningful games in December and then hopefully make it to January. He used to say, as a family business, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. You have to stay there.” “.

Chris Mara praised the work of rookie general manager Joe Schoen, who was the first candidate interviewed for Dave Gettleman’s old job. Impressive was Schoen in his first meeting with the team’s decision-makers, Chris Mara said, “that everyone who came after him faced a hard sell”.

Schwinn then hired Brian Daboll, who turned out the lights, and then Daboll hired some assistant coaches who also turned out the lights. By defeating the Vikings and advancing to Saturday night’s tag team duel with the top-seeded Eagles, the Giants have invoked some comparisons to the 2007 team, which embarked on an improbable course that culminated in a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots 18-0.

But the feeling is a lot different for me, and because I think we all felt after watching Eli [Manning] In his first three years in the league that would eventually take us there. And with Daniel coming on and having so many different coaches and coordinators, I felt like this year was going to be a relaxing process with another new staff. They had to evaluate Daniel at camp, and that was the biggest thing. They figured out what he can do, not what he can’t do.”

Jones now plays at the elite level, making all things possible for his team, including more belly-up Sunday scenes at US Bank Stadium.

For those of us who were about to date from the 2007-2011 glory days, this family gathering seemed all too familiar. You expected to see a victorious Eli and Tom Coughlin walk through the door.

Many faces have changed, outside of Maras, Steve Tisch, Mike Murphy and a few others, but the goal has remained the same. If the Giants win a championship next month, next year, or anytime, people will remember this game and the aftermath in Minnesota as a starting point.

They’ll remember Sunday as the Giants finally became Giants again.

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