It is said that luck is the result of hard work and design. But the NY Giants must have a four leaf clover stuck to the bottom of their cleats because they have another away game that isn’t. The roof of the Metrodome collapes and the game must be relocated. The Minnesota Vikings preferred to relocate the game at the University of Minnesota; the Giants preferred to play in Detroit. Where will the game be played? Detroit. Detroit, a short 9 hour drive for Vikings fans. I guess if there is any reason to cut out of work early on a Monday, football is as good of a reason as any other. The reason given by the NFL is that there are network cameras already set up in Detroit and making the transition to Minnesota would be unfeasible.
The Giants cannot be faulted for stating a preference regarding the relocation of the game. But historically the Giants have received preferential treatment which should be subjected to closer inspection. In October 28, 2007 the Giants played a “road game” against the Miami Dolphins in England. In what was tantamount to a neutral site (though some would say indifferent), the Giants beat the Dolphins by three points. If you are betting man, you will know that most point spreads consider the home field advantage to be valued at three points.
Presumably the Giants will one day play a “home game” in London, but it is not a given considering the volatility in the NFL scheduling that may occur with the installation of a new collective bargaining agreement.
In 2005 the Giants played a “road game” in New York against the New Orleans Saints. After the immediate wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Superdome was unfit for play. The Saints were vagabonds much like their fans, but rather than relocating the game to a city where many of their fans were temporarily housed (like Houston or Dallas), the game was relocated to New York. We all know how respectful New York fans were and certainly they would not make too much noise to disrupt the Saints offense… oh wait… It was a disgusting showing on the part of NFL to put the Saints in such an imposition. The fans simply put an exclamation point to the disgrace.
Soon the Vikings players will share their disgust with the 2005 Saints, and don’t be surprised if you hear similar quotes like the following on Tuesday:
“Try not to patronize us next time, traveling us to New York, saying we’re playing a home game.”
“We were in the visiting locker room, on the visiting field. It seemed like an away game.”
Over the course of 6 years (2005 to 2010), the Giants have had their full complement of home games along with 2 neutral sites and one away home game. In a league where parity is a priority, the league has shown preferential treatment to the Giants. The Giants are not lucky, but are the beneficiaries of a disreputable organization.