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Will the New York Football Giants ever change their name?


Will the New York Football Giants ever change their name?

The New York Football Giants are a name brand and family business full of rich tradition, wealth and shrewd decision making. All of those features are consistently at the forefront of the organization, while keeping the goal of being Super Bowl winners, year-in-year-out. With 20 appearances in championship contests during eight-plus decades of gridiron action featuring 1,241 games with a 661-547-33 overall record… it’s safe to say the Giants team possesses a powerful image of success across the NFL.

Since the team was created in 1925, numerous GIANT football legends have had their prime athletic moments and achievements during all that WIN . There’s so much pride behind the brand and fanbase: 8 league championships, some of them of the Super Bowl variety. It’s a lot to be proud of.

Year after year, Giants players have outfitted themselves with their BLUE battle armor and looked into the mirror, screaming for potential win on the inside and out. Eye black, face paint and dripping sweat, all pointing towards the extreme effort and desire to be a winner in all definitions of the word–WINNER. All for their team, their logos, their colors and their GIANT pride.

That said, what’s the definition of the word “winner”?

It should be an easy thing to define. After all, the word winner is very straightforward. Here’s an example of it’s usage: “He’s a winner”. Or even better,” he’s a GIANT winner” gets the word’s point across well.

Really, it’s hard to ruin the word winner’s definition without putting a negative word in front of it. Here’s an example of trying to ruin its definition: “He’s a shite winner”– this can insinuate someone may be a bad “winner”– but technically they’re still a winner. So it doesn’t completely change the definition of the word.

Other words are more clouded, a word like “Giant” has many meanings. Which brings us to the main question in today’s read:

Would the Giants ever consider changing their name, because someone,  or some group found it offensive?

Initially, that’s preposterous. But so is changing any team name because it’s deemed offensive. Before we get defensive about the subject, however, let’s look at Gigantism, a rare disease. Here’s a definition from the New York Times Heath Guide:

Gigantism is abnormally large growth due to an excess of growth hormone during childhood, before the bone growth plates have closed.

In human history, there have been people labeled as Giants and ridiculed. Nowadays, Gigantism is a rare disease, but it’s prevalence should not be minimized. There are certainly some that might be offended by the Giants team name. These days, Gigantism is treatable. Does that make the jokes in school less painful to children with the disease? Probably not.

Is that reason to change the New York Football Giants name? In my opinion, no. The Giants aren’t out to ridicule the disease. They’re simply a team, meant to entertain and inspire while being a business (seeking profit) and to be the best among its peers. Such is the American quest for greatness.

“Changing the name of a team because it’s offensive blasts the original intent of “SPORT” firmly in the mouth like a punch from Benny Leonard circa World War I… just old school painful.” – William Watts

It’s true, the Giants name may offend some, and that’s unfortunate. However, that’s never what a “team name” is intended to do… it’s simply intended to link people through “SPORT” and journey, for simple amusement and fun.

The world we live in is a wonderful, yet messed up place with an unfortunate and tragic history. Part of the initial need for “SPORT”, was to parody the harsh realities of life — while simultaneously celebrating the members of life that faced their END through the very real existence of death.

It’s no mistake that “SPORT” features flags, battle analogies and anthems of country used in many cases to recognize the fallen members of its’ citizens brigade, particularly in America, featuring our National Anthem. The Star Spangled Banner:

As seen here, by the incomparable Whitney Houston prior to the New York Football Giants Super Bowl game against the Buffalo Bills in 1991. Watch this and try to not tear up about our wonderful country, America:

What an emotional Super Bowl moment. What a beautiful song, sung by one of the best singers I’ve heard in my lifetime. I love what that song represents to our “SPORTS” experience. Some 200 years ago, when that song was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, people of most races were slaves. Death in America was felt by many, every day.  War was real.  Information was sacred and life was not on a spoiled pedestal like it is today.

We have no idea the exact horrors yesterdays Americans faced when that song was so eloquently crafted. We can only celebrate that we’re still here on Earth thriving through mobs of thousands screaming for our youthful children in their athletic human prime trying to win with the logos of Earth’s history, representing our fallen heroes, favorite animals or anything we deem: Mascots

If you look up the origin of the word “sport“–you’ll find that it forms from the word disport, which means:

  1. Enjoy oneself unrestrainedly, frolic.
  2. Diversion from work or serious matters; recreation or amusement.

The point is sport was never intended to merge with the real worlds issues. It was designed to escape from them. Putting any team name under the microscope can produce findings to get offended by. We’re a Giants site, GMEN HQ. If you stay in our teams’ city, New York, you have several team names: GIANTS, Mets, Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, Islanders, Lizards, FC, Red Bulls, Sky Blue FC, Devils and the New York Yankees.

Just to name a few. Right off the bat, anyone can get offended by Devils. After all, they’re “DEVILS”. What’s worse than a “Devil”? I suppose that depends on who you ask. But let me ask you this, does anyone look at the name of the “Devils” hockey team and think they’re a cult of some variety? Maybe ‘anyone’ is the wrong caveat for that question. After all, usually someone, somewhere finds issue with anything and everything. If the sky started raining $100 bills, at least one person would complain about paper cuts. That’s just the world we live in.

Detractors like Amanda Blackforse will say, but “Redskins” is offensive. It’s in the dictionary as a hurtful term, it must be hurtful. What about those “Yankees” we mentioned earlier. Never mind that they’ve been around for 113 years, forget the 27 World Series. Forget about men like Babe Ruth and all the hope his name has given children around America. Forget all that good stuff, and ask yourself:

Can someone be offended by the word, “Yankee?”

If I flipped over a table of food at a local restaurant and starting calling everyone, “F$#k!^g Yankees”, would be people be offended?

The answer to that question is, duh– yes, of course they’d be offended.

However, if I flipped over a table and starting calling people, “”F$#k!^g Giants”, people would be just as offended. They might wonder why that word, being as they’re clearly not actual GIANTS, but they’d still potentially be offended by my words. Hypothetically speaking.

Anyone can be offended over anything. Just because someone smart defined a word in 1800′s doesn’t mean the word doesn’t have new context in 2014. The context that should be important now, is the context of “SPORT”, the context of “WIN”, the context of “EFFORT” and believing in “YOUR” team because they’re “YOURS.” Not because of their name. Not because someone is offended. That’s never been the point.

To me, changing the name of a team because it’s offensive blasts the original intent of “SPORT” firmly in the mouth like a punch from Benny Leonard circa World War I… just old school painful.

I’m not a Redskins fan, the Skins’ are one of the worst teams in concept, colors and execution in the NFL. I’m comfortable saying I hate Washington’s team… Yet, I don’t want their name changed. There is no point. It won’t bring back the natives of this land. It won’t give restitution. It will just make people continue to bury the names of the Indians in museums and books further and further. I say, why not use sport to celebrate them?

Why not battle cry in fun, instead of in death? The battles cries of the Indians and the Cowboys used to mean gun shots, arrows, death, burnt people, violent gore with medicine lacking to treat it properly. People young and old — women and men alike — fought and died. They’re never coming back. According to lore, Cowboy’s used to shoot Indians in the face on a daily basis. Yet there’s no talk of changing their name. Why? Same with the Patriots, they weren’t playing with toys on a gridiron, they were killing people on a regular basis and we celebrate their image because the definition of the term isn’t offensive. What about the actions of the terms group — does it not matter the things Cowboys did during their time as the human “alpha-male” persona?

Of course it matters. But that’s not the point of “SPORT”. That’s not the reason for mascot and logo. Look up their definitions. The idea is to provide a sanctuary away from the hate, murder, crime, war, disease, death, racism and any other negativity through “SPORT”, through “FUN”, through celebrations like today’s fireworks. Memorializing our deceased friends and family members that can’t be with us today but are apart of why we’re here.

Today we celebrate our Nations’ Independence Day. It’s also a day to celebrate Francis Scott Key and his amazing gift with words 200 years ago, giving us the incredible, Star Spangled Banner. How cool is that?

At GMEN HQ, we aren’t trying to be high and mighty. I’m not trying to be better. I’m simply an American that covers the New York Football Giants that asks you, Giants Nation: Will the New York Football Giants ever change their name?

I’d say, no… but I’d say that about every NFL team.

Happy Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day.

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  • therza82

    This is a SHITE article. See what I did there?

    Do you think people of Italian decent would be OK with a team called the Wops that had a team logo of stereotypical Italian criminal/mobster?

    Do you think Jewish people would be OK with a team called the Hagglers that had a logo of characterized Jewish person with a big nose?

    How about a team called the Chinamen that had a logo of a Chinese person with conical straw hat, small/beady eyes, a fu Manchu, and buck teeth?

    Seriously, tell me.what would happen if any team in sports changed their name to any of the above? Oh, but its sports and its meant to entertain! Who cares if it’s racist and offensive!

    Trying to even put logic behind your argument is ridiculous. Tell me, anywhere, at anytime, have the Giants had their logo be of a person clearly afflicted with Gigantism? If so, then yes, a logo of a person crouched over and bent at the knees with a painful grin on their face would be offensive. But, that isn’t the case since when people think of Giants they think of mythical creatures and bean stalks. The only thing people think of when they think Redskins is of cartoonish red skinned Indian….Remind me, do Native Americans have deep, red skin? Oh, they don’t?

    Racial groups should get to decide what people call them. Do you really think this is somehow a controversial statement?

    Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida State Seminoles have managed to maintain open dialogue with the Native American community and depeceit their Native American logos and club practices in respectful and tasteful manners. The Redskins haven’t even tried such attempts… Since, ya know, tradition and all that nonsense.

    How hard would it be to change their name to the Braves, Warriors or even the Archers? It would make sense seeing as how their first primary logo was of an arrowhead. All they would have to change is their name and a logo that has only been used since 1973. Fans would get over it in about five minutes and all of that negative spot light constantly being casted on the team will vanish, leaving people to focus on the fact that no matter the new name, Washington still blows.

    • http://gmenhq.com/ GMEN HQ

      Ah, conversation.

      Something GMEN HQ intended with this article. Thank you for your response. Your questions:

      “Do you think people of Italian decent would be OK with a team called the Wops that had a team logo of stereotypical Italian criminal/mobster?

      Do you think Jewish people would be OK with a team called the Hagglers that had a logo of characterized Jewish person with a big nose?

      How about a team called the Chinamen that had a logo of a Chinese person with conical straw hat, small/beady eyes, a fu Manchu, and buck teeth?”

      Valid hyperbole.

      IF: in existence a team existed that was called the Hagglers, Wops, or Chinamen. I “Will Watts” (representing GMEN HQ in this instance) would say keep the name. “IF” they had the rich heritage of a team like the Washington Redskins. A team around since 1932 – 82 years ago.

      That’s liking asking your Grandpa to change his nickname, IMO.

      And furthermore, I believe people would treasure those teams, they would hate when they sucked, cheer when they won and stand up and shout for their successes, while mourning their losses. All in the name of “SPORT”.

      Teams aren’t a place for putting logos under the microscope, mascots are intended to PARODY, mock and celebrate. Not offend.

      I would never suggest starting a team tomorrow and giving it a racist theme and logo. But the World was racist. Human history allowed the Redskins to become a team, just like it allowed the Chappelle Show to run on Comedy Central and feature racial drafts on near Prime Time television in syndication recently. Have you ever watched an episode of the show, Southpark? How about subscribed to HBO television? God forbid anyone in America watch TOSH.0 and it’s ridiculous content. Or type racism into Google just to see what happens.

      Changing the name of a team that is intended for fun when there are so many other rampant ways to be offended in the world today makes little sense to me. However–You’re right:

      “Washington still blows.”

      But changing their name won’t change anything but their name. You said:

      “Trying to even put logic behind your argument is ridiculous. Tell me, anywhere, at anytime, have the Giants had their logo be of a person clearly afflicted with Gigantism? If so, then yes, a logo of a person crouched over and bent at the knees with a painful grin on their face would be offensive. But, that isn’t the case since when people think of Giants they think of mythical creatures and bean stalks. The only thing people think of when they think Redskins is of cartoonish red skinned Indian….Remind me, do Native Americans have deep, red skin? Oh, they don’t?

      Racial groups should get to decide what people call them. Do you really think this is somehow a controversial statement?

      Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida State Seminoles have managed to maintain open dialogue with the Native American community and depeceit their Native American logos and club practices in respectful and tasteful manners. The Redskins haven’t even tried such attempts… Since, ya know, tradition and all that nonsense.

      How hard would it be to change their name to the Braves, Warriors or even the Archers? It would make sense seeing as how their first primary logo was of an arrowhead.”

      Why does the logo or definition have to be offensive? It’s just a logo, it’s just a definition. There are many more things to be offended by in this world. If the Giants had a huge Giant as their logo, they would just say it was meant to be mythical… and people would buy that–Maybe.

      You say, “it’s ridiculous”. GMEN HQ suggests it should be discussed and viewed with a different perception.

      You claim:

      “The Redskins haven’t even tried such attempts.”

      Is that true? Who knows? But the Redskins have been around for 82 years. 2014 is surely not their first interaction with Native Americans. Negative or positive.

      GMEN HQ asks: Why now? Why focus on the name of team meant for fun when there are so many other pressing issues in this world we live?

      You ask:

      “How hard would it be to change their name to the Braves, Warriors or even the Archers?”

      Teams like the Braves, Warriors, and Archers are great. However, this group going after the Washington Redskins even threatens teams like the Kansas City Chiefs. A seemingly proud name.

      Why wouldn’t they then go after the Giants? Offensive logo or not.

      Our suggestion is that they’re looking at “SPORT” and tradition wrong. And it’s just a GMEN HQ suggestion. Not fact.

      Thank you for your comment.