Our new series continues celebrating some of the best NFL fans in the world, Australian ones! Today we have a fan of the G-men.
Firstly, who are you, what do you do, where do you live and who do you support? Lee Hartman, I live in Geelong, Victoria, I have an AFL job and love all sports, I support the Mighty G-Men (NY Giants). How did you come to support that team? I travelled to the US in 2005 and didn’t really follow the game, I went to Giants Stadium to watch the Giants v Cowboys and fell in love with the whole thing, the tailgating, the game, the stadium, the crowd. I have followed the “Big Blue” ever since that day. Who is your favourite player currently on the roster? No doubt the 2 x Superbowl MVP, Eli Manning, the bloke is a freak and 4th qtr specialist, I loved the whole ELIte argument last year, he really let his game do the talking. Who is your all time favourite player? Once again hard to go past Eli, but I have several other favourites, JPP, Tuck, Osi, Cruz and Bradshaw to name a few, Also before he retired Strahan was great. [caption id="attachment_16402" align="aligncenter" width="374"] I'm a Redskins fan and even I'm jealous of this huge print.[/caption] What was your best moment as a fan? Both Superbowls are hard to split, both underdogs, both against the Pats, both 4th qtr comebacks, but the “Double Miracle” catch of SBXLII was unbelievable, how did that happen, I have watched it 1000 times and still cannot believe it, I make all visitors to my house watch it on DVD... I still shake my head. One of the Giants' weaknesses last season was in the run game. Can you see them improving their running attack in 2012? It was terrible during the season (I just wanted Eli to throw all the time), however it came good during the playoffs, Jacobs although inconsistent will be a big loss to SF, however new draftee David Wilson looks the goods to share the load with Bradshaw. Victor Cruz had an amazing breakout year in 2011, are there any players you have pegged to break out this year? New draftee Ruben Randle looks like he will play straight up at WR and by all reports has trained the house down (could he be another Cruz and how did he last in the draft til end of 2nd round?), several players returning from injury could have a big impact as well, Terrell Thomas at CB and Domenik Hixon at WR can catch a ball. It is scary that JPP has only been in the league 2 years, he is a freak and could do anything this year. One of the Giants' weaknesses last season was in the run game. Can you see them improving their running attack in 2012? It was terrible during the season (I just wanted Eli to throw all the time), however it came good during the playoffs, Jacobs although inconsistent will be a big loss to SF, however new draftee David Wilson looks the goods to share the load with Bradshaw. The Giants managed a lackluster (by their standards) 9-7 performance during the regular season, but went undefeated in the playoffs. How can we explain this crazy turn-around? Similar to 07, our inconsistent performances is all about confidence, once we got on a roll, it was like “we are as good as these guys, why can’t we beat them” 7 of our last 8 playoff wins have come on the road including twice at Lambeau Field, just simply amazing..!!! I think people underestimate the class we have on all 3 teams, even our punter Weatherford is a gun and Eli has lived in his brothers shadow for far too long, as well as all the talk is always Brady, Rodgers, Brees etc, Eli is up there. How do you follow the sport as an Aussie? I set the alarm for 4am every Monday, I have FOX & ESPN HD as well as subscribe to NFL Game Pass to watch on my Ipad when the Giants aren’t on Fox & ESPN, The Giants, being one of the bigger franchises, get great TV Coverage. I also follow the NFL website daily, Giants website and App, NFL Down Under Website and follow all the players and Giants reporters on Twitter. I watch all ESPN shows during the week, Sportscentre, Mike & Mike, NFL 32 etc... [caption id="attachment_16401" align="aligncenter" width="374"] Nothing beats a live game.[/caption] Is there anything about the NFL you wish was in Australian sport? I love the “Voices of the Game” segments, the job NFL Films do is incredible, Slow Mo’s, different angles, voices of coaches and players, the insight is first class. Is there anything about Australian sport you wish was in the NFL? More night games, so more “time” friendly for us Aussies!!! Which of your friends/family members have suffered the most due to your fandom? My partner is not always happy when that alarm goes off at 4am, my staff members, think I am crazy yelling at the TV at work, My best mate reckons I am Australia’s biggest NY Giants fan, I pump them up everywhere I go! I am heading off to the new Giants Metlife stadium in November to watch Giants v Packers and then down to Washington for Redskins v Giants the week after, I can’t wait, it will be huge! Thanks for sharing your fandom with us Lee, have a great time in the States!