Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Season-Ticket Holders Sound off on Eli Benching

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Season-Ticket Holders Sound off on Eli Benching

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EAST RUTHERFORD – The stunning news that the Giants were benching quarterback Eli Manning and turning to Geno Smith as their starter for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders caused quite a ripple in the New York sports landscape.

So we reached out to Giants season-ticket holders and asked for their reaction to the decision made by coach Ben McAdoo to insert Smith into the lineup and send Manning to the sideline, effectively ending his consecutive regular-game start streak at 210 - the second-longest in NFL history for quarterbacks.

Here is a sampling of their responses:

"Sad day in Giants history. A once storied organization has been hobbled by one year of complete incompetence. John Mara is asleep at the wheel. I won't burn my tickets, I won't sell my tickets, but I sure as hell won't be there for the remaining games. ..."

My family has had season tickets for the Giants for over 50 years. The fondest memories of my childhood were attending those home games with my father, uncle, and grandfather. When the Giants pushed Coach Coughlin out and allowed Jerry Reese to keep his job I was extremely hurt. Coach had always gotten the most out of his players and won two super bowls with average talent. One of the reasons I love the Giants so much is because of Wellington Mara. He built a first class organization that stressed the importance of pride, loyalty, and respect. Coach Coughlin and Eli Manning were the embodiment of these traits. There was no better example of Eli's true character and strength than that NFC Championship game against the 49ers. Eli got beat up all game, but just like he did his entire career he shook it off and moved onto the next play. Never did he make a scene or blame anyone else but himself. For these memories I am forever in debt to Coach and Eli."

I haven't been a season ticket holder in many years but I've been a fan of this franchise since my dad took me to see my first game at Yankee Stadium, the last game of the 1969 season when they beat the Cleveland Browns. I have a lot of memories over the years. Some good, some great and some not so good, but I'm not sure I can remember a time I was so disappointed with ownership. …

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