Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 6/17/12
by Adam Carman, BGB Assistant Editor

With the Giants' portion of the 100 Greatest Players seemingly finished, it's time for Giants fans to take stock. And while mere inclusion is supposed to be some sort of honor, it has to said honestly: Whoever came up with this list is an idiot. The Giants' rankings are a travesty.

I'll give them Hakeem Nicks at 90. He is easily the best receiver on the Giants roster (though Victor Cruz may pass him next season) but he is young yet and just hitting his stride. The only thing that disgusted me about this was the fact that he was ranked in the same area with Chris Johnson and John Kuhn. Are you kidding right now?! I know this League is biased against the Giants, but anyone with a smidge of self-respect should be putting Super Bowl champions a little higher than that, especially one that had ten catches for over a hundred yards despite being double-teamed all night. If nothing else, did anyone happen to see his hail-mary catch in the divisional game? I guess the secret is out: The Green Bay defenders must have picked these players.

Then we move onto Justin Tuck at number 51. One behind Peyton Manning who did not play the entire season. Now Tuck is not my favorite Giants player. He tends to annoy me. But the guy was clutch when it mattered, especially on the final drive in the Super Bowl. I know Peyton's great but if anything he deserved to be left off this list. The man did not play last season. Or if you want to put him in at all, put him near the bottom--you know, honorable mention for past greatness. Tuck deserved to be higher.

Victor Cruz at number 39. I have fewer bones with this because I expect him to rise next season.

Eli Manning at number 31. This is where I almost lose it. What does the guy have to do to earn some respect? Last year they used his 25 interceptions to deny him entry to the list altogether. This year he earns a second trophy and MVP award. He shattered the previous Giants passing record, and toppled a record set by Johnny Unitas for 4th quarter touchdown passes, something even Peyton could not do. Now I know the three QBs still to be ranked are the usual suspects: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. So there is nothing unusual about them being ahead of Eli on the list. But who else has meant more to their team than Eli? I find it hard to believe there are thirty such people in this league. Manning should have been top ten. Easy.

Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP is a beast. Future Hall of Famer easily. Probably the best defensive end since Michael Strahan, and he will only get better. 24 is decent for a second year player. But no way, no how, should he have been ranked ahead of Eli Manning. The only game I could possibly see that for is the first Dallas game and even then Manning put the points on the board through sheer will and determination. I have no quibble with the number, although I think he could have even gone higher given how impressive he was last season, but it was a real slap in the face to Eli Manning not to rank him higher than his defensive end.

Fortunately our Giants will just use this as motivation. Unlike the Paper Airplanes, the Giants don't care about meaningless accolades. We fans do naturally. I'm more jealous for the team than they are for themselves. But the Giants know the scorecard. Two championships in four years and still a young team. If anything they can enter this season exactly where they like to be: underdogs under everybody's radar. Then, watch out!
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