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Tom Coughlin: We didn’t provide inspiration for our neighbors

Tom Coughlin AP

In the days leading up to Sunday’s Giants game, there were discussions about whether it was the right thing to play a football game in a state ravaged by a hurricane and still struggling to find its footing (and, in many cases) electricity as the game kicked off.

The Giants talked a lot about wanting to provide the people of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut a respite from the effort to put things back together after Sandy and, hopefully, some inspiration at the same time. After their 24-20 loss, Giants coach Tom Coughlin lamented not being able to do that.

“We wanted emotionally so badly to win the game for all of our neighbors who need some type of inspiration,” Coughlin said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “Of course we didn’t provide it for them.”

I’m writing this to you from my apartment in Lower Manhattan. I returned here on Saturday after a week spent with family on higher ground while waiting for power and water to be restored to my building. There are still buildings across the street with no power and no residents thanks to flooding that led to damages that need to be repaired before my neighbors can return. That was true before the Giants game, is true now and would be true if the Giants won.

I spent part of Sunday morning in Red Hook, Brooklyn volunteering with a food/clothing/necessities collection and distribution for residents of that neighborhood who had their lives shaken by the storm on Monday night. Those people were hanging tough before the Giants result was known and my fellow volunteers were all trying to help their neighbors without any good news from MetLife Stadium.

That’s not meant to belittle the desire of Coughlin and the Giants to uplift the people in the area. It’s the same spirit that has led to all kinds of community action to get things back to normal (as close as such things can get) as soon as possible. But everyone was already on that road before Sunday’s kickoff and we aren’t getting off of it now.

Coughlin should feel assured that he can concentrate on a poor offensive performance and some shoddy special teams work because his neighbors have already found inspiration from one another.

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30 Responses to “Tom Coughlin: We didn’t provide inspiration for our neighbors”
  1. ninjapleazee says: Nov 4, 2012 9:03 PM

    Even with the refs helping your Giants with horrible calls you still lost. Can’t wait to hear you find something to complain about this week.

  2. melikefootball says: Nov 4, 2012 9:04 PM

    After watching the game I would say the Steelers did. With so many starters out and then their big receiver hurt and down to rookie running back they still came back and knocked off the Suber Bowl Champs. You are never out! Keep your heads up all in Sandy’s way we all have you in our thoughts.

  3. mrplow3 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:08 PM

    “Tom Coughlin: We didn’t provide inspiration for our neighbors”

    I don’t care what your hat says, you play in Jersey pal. Neighbors nothing, it’s right in your backyard.

  4. nflfollower says: Nov 4, 2012 9:19 PM

    This article is right on point. This was just a football game, if there is any point during the season where we should have things in their proper perspective, its after a storm like this. It’s a game tom, a lot of people have bigger concerns right now than the giants winning or losing, wow.

  5. hadjiali says: Nov 4, 2012 9:26 PM

    Thank to Josh Alper for putting some perspective on Coughlin’s comments.

  6. hines86for6 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:36 PM

    The Steelers D has held 3 straight QBs (Dalton, RGIII, and Eli) to less than 175 yds passing without Troy Polamalu. 2 of those games on the road.

    What you got to say now Warren Sapp?

  7. whoops7458 says: Nov 4, 2012 9:48 PM

    Who cares about the Giants and Steeler’s?Chicago Bears today are the story!What a defense!

  8. aljack88 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:02 PM

    hines86for6 says:
    Nov 4, 2012 9:36 PM
    The Steelers D has held 3 straight QBs (Dalton, RGIII, and Eli) to less than 175 yds passing without Troy Polamalu. 2 of those games on the road.

    What you got to say now Warren Sapp?
    ———————————————————-

    “talk to me in February”

  9. pnut87 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:02 PM

    However, you did inspire the spotlight to shine on the “FIRE KEVIN GILBRIDE” sign that’s been collecting duct for the past few years. That said, could you please FIRE KEVIN GILBRIDE!

  10. cubEbear54 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:07 PM

    mrplow3 says:Nov 4, 2012 9:08 PM

    “Tom Coughlin: We didn’t provide inspiration for our neighbors”

    I don’t care what your hat says, you play in Jersey pal. Neighbors nothing, it’s right in your backyard.

    Did you even watch the game? His cap today had “NJ” with the state ouline on it.

  11. hines86for6 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:15 PM

    @aljack88

    Warren Sapp would say “talk to me im feb”
    He would say that to the 7 of 11 starters who have 2 rings.

    Remind me how many rings he has.

  12. modellforprez says: Nov 4, 2012 10:16 PM

    aljack whatever the rest is. we have been the last one to talk in february 6 times. more than anyone else in super bowl era. maybe you can say that sh*t to chief bengal brown seahag raider maybe 25 teams. steel for reel is not one of them moron.

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:18 PM

    “Tom Coughlin: We didn’t provide inspiration for our neighbors”

    I don’t care what your hat says, you play in Jersey pal. Neighbors nothing, it’s right in your backyard.
    ———-

    The hat had “NJ” on it, Antonio Cromartie. Can you not even read two letters?

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    pnut87 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:02 PM

    However, you did inspire the spotlight to shine on the “FIRE KEVIN GILBRIDE” sign that’s been collecting duct for the past few years. That said, could you please FIRE KEVIN GILBRIDE!
    ————-

    I swear.

    Dave Diehl playing (Pat Flaherty’s call) made me nervous going in, and Diehl did exactly what I figured he would: get blown up on run plays all game and whiff in pass protection.

    THE ANTITHESIS OF LOCKLEAR. BAFFLING.

  15. bluefunk72 says: Nov 4, 2012 10:42 PM

    Three words….STOP THE RUN!!!!

  16. profootballwalk says: Nov 4, 2012 11:08 PM

    It’s Jets fans who need the inspiration.

  17. jdrew506 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:18 PM

    Ninja will you give it a rest already. Do the G-men get calls from the refs yes they do just like every other team that plays. There are missed and blown calls in every game for every team. These refs are no better then the replacements they are just not as scrutinized as they were.

  18. iivil says: Nov 4, 2012 11:24 PM

    The Giants will win their division. Games like tonight are good for the team. You can learn more from losing then you can from winning.

    We will see if the Steelers can make it past the Ravens.

  19. iivil says: Nov 4, 2012 11:28 PM

    The Steelers are THE LAST team that should complain about penalties. They were handed a Super Bowl by a ref.

  20. CKL says: Nov 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    This game is one reason I cannot call Eli elite. No elite QB is 12/25 or whatever he was. That’s Flaccodelic. He often has these types of games where he’s pure awful for the better part of 3 qtrs. Every QB has a few of those, but it’s common for him. If I needed a W in the 4th Q he’d probably be my choice, but he’s simply even now not consistent enough to be called elite. Clutch, yes, consistent, no.

  21. truthassassin says: Nov 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    Regarding the comment made by “mrplow3,” he’s right, the Giants and Jets don’t play in NY, they play in NJ… NJ is their homeland, not their neighbor, so I understand the comment… And so what if he was wearing a hat that said “NJ” on it (which I appreciated)? Doesn’t change the statement he made referring to NJ as his “neighbor” when the entire team has never played one home game in NY… Both the Jets and Giants should just rename themselves the NJ Jets/Giants… Is there any other team in the NFL who has a stadium in a neighboring state? Has always seemed ridiculous to me…

  22. aljack88 says: Nov 5, 2012 12:18 AM

    modellforprez says:
    Nov 4, 2012 10:16 PM
    aljack whatever the rest is. we have been the last one to talk in february 6 times. more than anyone else in super bowl era. maybe you can say that sh*t to chief bengal brown seahag raider maybe 25 teams. steel for reel is not one of them moron.

    ———————————————————-

    say jackass, and you were around to see how many of those games?

    Your pedestal is made of sand so climb down before you hurt yourself. The Noll era Steelers deserves great respect but no franchise was ever as dominant as the Walsh era 49ers during their 5 sb run.

    It is insulting to the Noll era Steelers that the present day Steelers are included with that elite group. The attitudes, character and behaviour of some of today’s Steelers would not have been tolerated by Chuck Noll’s teams.

  23. mrplow3 says: Nov 5, 2012 12:35 AM

    “Did you even watch the game? His cap today had “NJ” with the state ouline on it.”

    Could you be any more further away?

  24. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 5, 2012 12:40 AM

    I have no doubts that the Giants were distracted and probably unprepared after a week from hell, but the Steelers had three factions to overcome: Injuries to key players, one-sided officiating and lousy coaching by Tomlin, who had no problem of possibily having his placekicker crippled on an ill-advised fake field goal attempt…
    The Steelers showed character and the heart of a champion in the win.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 5, 2012 12:57 AM

    Awww…for a brief moment there, Coughlin thought a lifetime spent in a children’s game might not have been a wasted one. Then you squashed his illusions.

  26. edgerules says: Nov 5, 2012 6:36 AM

    I think just playing the game was inspiration enough.

  27. yooperman says: Nov 5, 2012 7:20 AM

    Did the NFL approve the uniform change? A player would be fined for that.

  28. 8man says: Nov 5, 2012 7:32 AM

    Where are the Giants fans proclaiming them division champions and Super Bowl bound?

    Without that Boley fumble return in the 2nd for a TD, this game could have been ugly. Stuffed at home. Lousy.

  29. bigbluefan1 says: Nov 5, 2012 7:59 AM

    As I am sure none of you were at the game the game did give all of us who were there something very important.

    An escape from what is going on at home.

    It was great to see my football family the people we tailgate with the people we sit next to and around who are from all over the tristate area.

    To know they are safe and doing well after the worst storm to hit the northeast in our lifetime.

    I saw giant fans bring bags and boxes of food for the NJ Food Drive held at the game.
    I talked to a young couple who lost everything but came to the game to escape the mess.

    When TC says neighbors this strom hit NJ NY and Conn.
    Tom lives in NJ so he knows where he is.

    The down side of the day is the loss and hearing those pitt fans run there pieholes

    The up side is as long as NO wins tonight the NFC stays unchanged.

    The East Coast will rise from the waste Sandy left behind and the Giants will rise from the loss.
    Why because we are Jersey Strong!!!!!

  30. bobzilla1001 says: Nov 5, 2012 11:11 AM

    aljack:
    I could not agree with you more.
    I’ve been around for all eight Super Bowl appearances, and for all six Super Bowl wins, and I truly believe that only one Steelers player from the past two Super Bowl wins could’ve cracked the 1970s Steelers’ starting lineup: Troy Polamalu.
    Let’s be honest, beating the generic ’05 Seahawks and the ’08 Cardinals simply isn’t the same as beating the talent-ladden ’75 and ’78 Cowboys…

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