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Now that the San Francisco Giants finished off their sweep of the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series I think it is fair to ask the question of which franchise is better right now, the New York Giants of the New Meadowlands or the San Francisco Giants of the Bay area. Both teams are the defending champions of their respective leagues (Super Bowl for the NFL and World Series for the MLB). But which team is more dominant?
Though I understand the sports are completely different and the whole makeup of the league is different as well, I am going to take a look at the teams’ last five seasons to see which team has been better.
New York Giants
Success – 2007: 10-6, 2008: 12-4, 2009: 8-8, 2010: 10-6, 2011: 9-7, 2012: 6-2 = 55-33 (.625)
Playoff appearances – 3 (and possibly this season)
Super Bowl Championships – 2 (2007, 2011)
The New York Giants have won two Super Bowls in the past five seasons. That is an accomplishment only Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger can boast about in the 2000s. Eli Manning has proven himself to be an elite quarterback, no matter how many times Peyton knocked over his Lincoln Logs when they were growing up. Just like Peyton, however, Eli has a way of making any receivers into legitimate targets. Players like Hakeem Nicks and even Victor Cruz have been hobbled by injuries yet Eli can produce long drives with second string WRs, TEs, and RBs to score. There are few quarterbacks in the history of the NFL that can do that. Add that to a Giants defense that can force turnovers and rush the QB and you have a dominant force. I only see their competition in the NFC to be the San Francisco 49ers and they already obliterated them. But it’s only real in the playoffs.
San Francisco Giants
Success – 2007: 71-91, 2008: 72-90, 2009: 88-74, 2010: 92-70, 2011: 86-76, 2012: 94-68 = 503-469 (.517)
Playoff appearances – 2 (Won World Series both times)
World Series Championships – 2 (20010,2012)
The SF Giants have won two championships in three whereas it took the NYG five years to win as many games. Though, their season is 1000% percent longer, it is harder to sustain success for a longer period of time and make the playoffs. The New York Giants rode hot streaks both years that they won the Super Bowl. Also, it is harder to win a series of games against a single opponent and advance. It is much rarer that an upset occurs in a best of five or seven series. In the NFL, a team could match up or game plan well to move on to the next round.
I really like both managers, owners, and philosophies of both teams but I am giving the edge to the San Francisco Giants on this one. While the New York Giants have seen more success in regards to wining percentage, the possibility for parody is much greater when you play one hundred sixty-two games to decide who makes the playoffs rather than sixteen games. Though teams can buy their success it seems in the MLB I would like to reiterate that both leagues and sports are completely different–opposite ends of the spectrum pretty much. But in the grand scheme of things, winning a championship twice in three years compare to twice in five (both are huge accomplishments) is more impressive. Just be glad I did not involve the NBA and their handful of championship franchises in the past twenty years.
Who’s better? San Fran or NY? Is Eli Manning better at what he does than Matt Cain? Let me know in the comment section or on Twitter @Believelander.
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