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Fact or Fiction: Reaction to uniform launch


The crew is presented with four statements and must decide whether they are Fact or Fiction.

Super Bowl XXI was the greatest game played in the classic blue jerseys from the 1980s-90s

John Schmeelk: Fiction – Although Super Bowl XXI was probably a better performance and a more significant victory for the franchise (it was the Giants' first Super Bowl-era championship), the victory in Super Bowl XXV was the greater accomplishment. The 1990 Bills were a better team than the 1986 Broncos and the game was much more dramatic with a memorable ending. So that victory rates above Super Bowl XXI in terms of greatness.

Dan Salomone: Fact – Not only did Phil Simms have one of the greatest performances in Super Bowl history (88 percent completion percentage, a Super Bowl record that still stands), but the Giants won their first NFL championship since 1956 after many tough years for fans. The uniforms wouldn't be immortalized without titles.

Lance Medow: Fiction – It's hard to pick a game other than a Super Bowl given that's the NFL's biggest stage, so if we're going to top Super Bowl XXI the only other choice is Super Bowl XXV, which belongs ahead of the pack. It was a far more competitive contest than the former and the Giants' defense slowed down one of the most prolific offenses in the league at that time in the Buffalo Bills, who were averaging nearly 27 points per game and lit up the Raiders for 51 in the AFC Championship Game. In addition to the defensive effort, the Giants turned to backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler late in the year to help orchestrate a championship run – and it all came down to the last few seconds when Bills kicker Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right. This game showcased much more drama than the Giants' matchup against the Broncos four years prior.

You're more excited about the return of the navy helmet than the blue jersey

John Schmeelk: Fact – You've got to be a sucker for the darker blue and love any Giants gear that features navy as its primary color. The helmet color is fantastic and the "GIANTS" logo across the helmet is the to remember growing up. Throw in the white face mask, which stands out much more than the standard gray, and the helmet becomes the standout feature of the legacy uniform.

Dan Salomone: Fiction – Although the new "two-helmet rule" opens up a lot of possibilities across all clubs, the jersey is still front and center. The white Color Rush jerseys were a hit, but this team is Big Blue.

Lance Medow: Fiction – I'm more excited about the start of the season.

Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.

Leonard Williams will look the best on game day in the classic uniform

John Schmeelk: Fiction – When you see these classic uniforms, you must think of outside linebackers like Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks, so let's go with Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Dan Salomone: Fact – From the hair to the No. 99, there's a reason why he was one of the featured players in the photo shoots. You also won't want to miss seeing safety Xavier McKinney making plays out there in that uniform with Wink Martindale calling the defense. Next step is seeing it all in action this Fall.

Lance Medow: Fiction – The Giants' classic uniforms are most synonymous with Phil Simms and Lawrence Taylor as those two players in particular represented each side of the ball during the 1980s and 90s. Using that as a means of a comparison, let's go with Daniel Jones and Kayvon Thibodeaux as they're now assuming those two positions and both players' production this season will tell an awful lot about the team's outlook.

The first Legacy Game in Week 4 is now the top home game to attend

John Schmeelk: Fiction – The new uniforms are cool, but the Bears could be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season. Give me a game against a division opponent or a top team like the Ravens any day of the week. You also can't beat the home opener against the Panthers in Week 2.

Dan Salomone: Fact – Not to be lost in the uniform hoopla, the Giants are retrofitting MetLife Stadium to the 80s-90s style for the two Legacy Games. Week 4 will be the first time fans will get a look at, among other things, the end zones designed like the ones from Super Bowl XXI.

Lance Medow: Fact – Although you can make a case for several other contests, the fact that this will be the first of two games in which the Giants will showcase their classic uniforms and a fresh look in the end zones adds a bit more appeal from the fan's perspective. It's also an early October game, so the weather should cooperate and the Bears were the team the Giants traded with to move up in the 2021 draft to select quarterback Justin Fields. It's also the fifth straight season these teams are meeting.

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First Legacy Game this Sunday; Giants bring back classic blue uniform

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