So I was at my favorite place during the football season, Applebees here in Baldwin, NY and got into an argument with a couple of Jet fans. I've seen these guys a few weeks now and again one of them made some reference to the Giant-Jet game scheduled at the end of the season. He was trying to tell me that this is gonna be trouble because "the Jets always beat the Giants."
When I pointed out the empirical fact-there are records-that this is hardly the case he started going on and on about 1988-this was the year the Jets played spoiler in the last game of the year, beating the Giants 27-21 and preventing them from making the playoffs(had they won the Giants would have won the NFC East).
I just had to laugh. What is it with Jet fans? They have so little to be proud of that all they get to brag about is a year they played spoiler to the Giants? First of all I pointed out to him that he's wrong, that while the Jets did play spoiler that one time it has not as he seems to think been the defining characteristic of the Giants-Jet series. To hear him tell it the Jets own the Giants but this is false. Again, this is not my opinion, just check the all-time series between them.
He has come to think that game was representative of the series but it isn't. Yet he seems to think the Jets have played spoiler many times for the Jints. Nope. They beat them in 88 it's true and there was another game in 1993 where the Jets bet the Giants 10-6, but this wasn't really a spoiler game, the Giants made the playoff anyway and it was much earlier in the season. It is true that going into the game the Giants were 5-1 compared with a 2-4 Jet record; looking back it did not seriously impair the Giants season but it did temporarily jump start the Jets as the win started a five game winning streak. However they lost their momentum and lost the last 3 games of the year to miss the playoffs.
This is what Jet fans have to brag about? How they beat the Giants in 1988 to prevent them making the playoffs while missing the playoffs themselves? Or beating the Giants in 1993 in a year the Giants finished 11-5 and in the playoffs with the Jets finishing off at 8-8 and out of the playoffs? If these are the glory years no wonder the best name for the history of the Jets is the gory years.
Incidentally the all time record of the Giants-Jets is 7-4 Giants with the G-Men winning the last 4. In fact the Jet's haven't beaten us since 1993. In looking at the list I remember the last time they played where the Giants came back from 21-7 down to win 35-24 on the way to their Super Bowl win over the 18-0 Pats. While I probably shouldn't do this I will print out this and show it to my Jet friends next Sunday during the Jet game! LOL