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  • Ron Moshier: Giants’ run conjuring some 'super' memories

  • Could it really be “Déjà Blue” all over again? I sure hope so.



    I hope this Giant success story has another happy ending.



    As true blue as I am, though, another Super Bowl win isn’t a must. Not this time, not ever again.

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  • Could it really be “Déjà Blue” all over again? I sure hope so.
    I hope this Giant success story has another happy ending.
    As true blue as I am, though, another Super Bowl win isn’t a must. Not this time, not ever again.
    What the New York Giants did for me and my family four years ago was more than enough to hold me over for the rest of my life. It was that good – Eli’s Great Escape … The Catch … The Comeback … almost too good to be true.
    I will never forget that night, or that Super Bowl. It will never get any better than that, not without my dad.
    With me and my father and my young nephews – his grandsons, Roman and Carson – huddled around the television, there were tears and cheers and high-fives that will forever be the fondest of all my many football memories.
    Our battle cry that night was “All Hail the New York Giants,” a line stolen from the animated movie Madagascar that quickly became my nephews’ way of saying good-bye to me.
    We have since amended that, changing it to, “All Hail Grandpa/Dad and the New York Giants.”
    Yes, much has changed since then. For sure, tonight’s Super Bowl reunion won’t be the same without their grandpa, without my father. It’s been exactly one month since he passed away, and the day his funeral service was held, the day I eulogized him, our Giants were gaining a head of steam with a 24-2 playoff romp over the Falcons.
    Now, surprise, surprise, they’ve got a super shot at doing it again.
    If they don’t, so be it. Winning a football game, even the biggest game of them all, doesn’t mean as much to me as it did four years ago. Not after losing my father.
    Life, and now death, has helped keep things in perspective – even football, even the Giants.
    Tonight, as fate would have it, our favorite team will bring three generations together again. And that will be enough because I know that, win or lose, being together again is what my father would have wanted.
    Win or lose, we will savor those Super Bowl XLII moments, celebrate his life, and cherish the very best of our Big Blue times together.
    Ron Moshier is a sports writer for the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch. Write to him at rmoshier@uticaod.com.
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