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For me it will always be the 86 GIANTS. I can remember darn near every game from that season, and the migraine headaches that went with them. It seemed like every game came down to the wire that year. I think the Vikings game took a year off my life.

Then there was the paper snowstorm at the end of the NFC championship game against the Redskins. That might have been even cooler than winning the Superbowl. Maybe not though, tuff to forget Jim Burt climbing into the stands to get his little boy. smile.gif

 

2nd place would have to go to the 85 Bears. That team had more characters than the conger forum.

Did you know that the 84 Niners, the 85 Bears and the 86 Giants had a combined record of 40-4? Those were some kick butt years in the NFL.

 

~ #53 Harry Carson

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I was going to say the same thing, and will, The 86 Giants. LT, Banks, Bavaro, L Marshal. I went to every home game that year, each playoff game, AND I WAS AT THE ROSE BOWL when they made the Broncos look like little girls in the 3rd quarter.

Squid, by the end of the year, they were hot, and kicking ass, culmenating in the championship game against the Redskins, where the Giansts (and the wind) just CRUSHED the Skins, (I almost felt bad for them, je je je).

.....almost sad, I don't think I saw more than 20 plays of football all season this year, I've lost almost all interest in it..

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Freakin' Bavaro!! I can't remember what game it was but I'll never forget the first time I saw that guy. I turned to my buddy and said "you see the arms on that dude?"

What was that quote from Parcells about him? Somthing about running into him (Bavaro) in a dark alley?!

 

I collected football cards and memorabillia for a while in the late 80's. One of my best scores was an NFC champioship program from 86 signed by almost the entire Giants starting lineup.

Offense & defense. Even the coach. biggrin.gif

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I wouldn't call these guys my favorite but I think they were one of the best ever. The early nineties cowboys with Jimmy Johnson at the controls in my opinion was the best team ever. Until my true favorite team gets through the playoffs (the jets) I will stand down, there is always next year smile.gif

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I'm with ya' on the '86 giants...but how can you forget Joe Morris?? God, what a hurting he put on Denver in the 3rd quarter, catching those floaters from Simms out of the backfield.

 

Don't forget that Simms went 22 for 25 that game, a record that still stands, including 10 completions in a row.

 

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smile.gif one of my all time favorite cowboy moments was when we spanked them in the final game(finishing them at 1-15) in 90 and Parcalls gave Jimmy J the "Keep the chin up"

 

My favorite(biased)team was the 86Giants,The way they shut down the opponent,especially after halftime,was remarkable.The power sweep right was just as awesome,everyone knew it was coming...but no one could stop it!And the Sims-Bavaro conection was a game breaker.

That was some teamsmile.gif

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frown.gif You know, this will be the first Superbowl played with out George Young around. That 86 team was a gift from him in every sense of the word.

 

George Young's 10 shrewdest draft picks for the Giants:

 

1. Lawrence Taylor, LB, Round 1, 1981 -- Second overall pick that year. Can't blame Saints for taking Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers with the first pick. Couldn't have blamed Young if he took UCLA running back Freeman McNeil (that's who the Jets took with the third overall pick). But football history in New York would be quite different, if he had. Without a doubt LT was the best linebacker ever to play the game, he re defined the position.

 

2. Phil Simms, QB, Round 1, 1979 -- The last player ever drafted from tiny Morehead State. As a point of reference: Simms was drafted seventh overall and was the second QB taken. The first was Jack Thompson (Bengals) at No. 3; the third was Steve Fuller (Chiefs/Bears) at No. 23. He sure got some heart that day.

 

3. Joe Morris, RB, Round 2, 1982 -- Mark of a good draft strategist: Giants had already drafted a running back in the first round (Michigan's Butch Woolfolk), but Young couldn't pass on Morris when he was still available with this pick. Woolfolk had a brief career with Giants, while Morris was a key contributor in their first Super Bowl run.

 

4. Michael Strahan, DE, Round 2, 1993 -- Strahan came from a small school (Texas Southern) and didn't play much football in high school, but Young saw the potential. He is one of the best in league and lead the NFL in sacks this year with 16.

 

5. Mark Bavaro, TE, Round 4, 1985 -- The hardest thing for scouts to measure is a player's heart. Bavaro's was strong. He proved it time and again, he was never the most skilful player, but he more than made up for it with hard work, determination and that all important heart.

 

6. Carl Banks, LB, Round 1, 1984 -- There were six linebackers taken in the first round of the '84 draft. Banks easily turned out to be the best of the bunch. Another shrewd pick by Young.

 

7. William Roberts, OT, Round 2, 1984 -- The Giants rarely made trades in the higher rounds under Young's regime, but they did here, moving up to get Washington's pick late in the first round. Roberts became a staple of the Giants O-line for a decade.

 

8. David Meggett, RB, Round 5, 1989 -- Meggett was an undersized player from a small school (Towson State), but he became one of the best return specialists in the NFL.

 

9. Jessie Armstead, LB, Round 8, 1993 -- How many eighth-round picks have made four Pro Bowl appearances? The draft doesn't even have an eighth round anymore for gods sake.

 

10. Howard Cross, TE, Round 6, 1989 -- When you draft a guy in the sixth round and he's good enough to become the Giants' all-time leader in games played, that counts for something.

 

 

God bless you George, you are truly missed.

 

 

 

 

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86' Giants by far.. Being a ten year old kid that just started getting into football - the Giants were a dream come true.. The most lasting image I have of that team, and that season was Jim Burt "leaping" into the stands at Giants Stadium after the NFC Title Game.. They weren't dominant per se, but that D was second to none.. Joe Morris was by far my favorite player on that team..

 

Quick sidenote, Carl Banks' son is one of my students, he's in 8th grade, and at least once a week I remind him of how great his dad was and how much the guy meant to the franchise biggrin.gif

 

 

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Squid - did you spew all that off the top of your head? Impressed!

 

Nah, miracle of the internet. I was looking for the Parcells/Bavaro quote and found that instead. Fit nicely into the thread though! wink.gif

 

 

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