More Efficient: New York Giants Or The United States Government?
- GridlockThe offensive line struggles for New York create nothing but congestion at the line of scrimmage, often resulting in offensive plays which result in a net loss for the Giants.A negative direction is still in fact a direction, and the U.S. Government will have no movement whatsoever. “Is zero high enough to win? Did we do it?”
- Show Me The MoneyFor players or coaches unable to perform, the option to release or cut them is still available as some measure of accountability. Almost nobody, even in this rarefied air of sport, has guaranteed money coming their way.They may have to shut down all government services, but Congressional paychecks keep rolling in. Remember, the postal service still operates during a shutdown, so those elected officials will still get their checks. And should something even more calamitous occur which would result in the mail stopping, they'll switch to direct deposit.
- Pick a Cruz, Any CruzVictor Cruz has delivered three 100+ yard receiving games and 4 touchdowns in the young season despite the struggles of his team. Win or lose, Cruz keeps on working tirelessly.Senator Ted Cruz has done all that is possible to emerge from this crisis with an elevated profile, even talking for 21 straight hours on the Senate floor. Win or lose, Cruz keeps talking tirelessly.
- Reaching Across The Aisle4 neutral zone infractions so far this season already, helping their opponents march further down the field. A total loss (no winner here).Such action might lead to compromise, which is another word for weakness. A total loss (no winner here).
- Face Of The FranchiseThe pruny, incredulous and crimson face of Tom Coughlin is perhaps the best evidence yet that Mom was right and a face can freeze that way. His steadfast commitment to discipline and fundamentals does, if nothing else, inspire the hope that he and the team still are working hard to pull out a victory.The leathery skin and inexplicably orange hue of John Boehner's mug serves as an enduring reminder that virtually everything in D.C. is for one reason or another alarming. It also reminds me that I still have yet to buy a pumpkin this year.
- Late In The FourthIf the Giants can keep a game close, Eli Manning is more than capable of a late drive or last second heroics with a Hail Mary. It would be a moral victory at best, and the players under Coughlin would likely take it in stride and continue with their work as normal.They can bring it down to the wire, but if they accomplish even the most menial task in the 11th hour with a Hail Mary and 48 hours worth of unnecessary spin and PR, they will party and congratulate themselves like they literally saved every individual American from drowning. Who steered us into the iceberg in the first place is irrelevant, mind you, because the point is the crisis has been averted!
The New York Giants, who have yet to win a single contest this year, emerge as the more effective of the two this week by a score of 3-2-1. If nothing else, New York is battling other teams and not itself, despite how it may feel to irate fans after witnessing yet another running back fumble. Bear in mind, an end to the government shutdown is not a victory for congress, in the same way that me reattaching my own pinky that I spitefully sawed off does not give me 11 fingers. It is a reparation of a staple that should never have been destroyed in the first place. At the end of the day, the Giants give us football, and that in and of itself is a victory over the 24 hour news cycle and the DC circus. -Christian Kohl, CBS Local Sports contributor