Po­lit­i­cal Foot­ball

The Giants, like the Red­skins, have en­dured their share of drama dur­ing up-and-down sea­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - REDSKINS VS. GIANTS D5 - BY SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER

Let’s get straight to the pre­dic­tion: the Giants will win.

Since 1932, the Giants and Red­skins have faced each other ev­ery year, with more meet­ings than any other two teams in the NFL. The Giants lead the all-time se­ries, with 91 wins.

If the Giants can pull off No. 92 this Sun­day, and if the Bears also beat the Pack­ers, NewYork can earn the fi­nal seed in the NFC play­offs.

Odds­mak­ers give this sce­nario only a 19 per­cent chance of hap­pen­ing. But I’ve al­ways been an op­ti­mist about the Giants; since age five, my fa­vorite Roo­sevelts have been Brown and Grier.

In a town known for its drama and bick­er­ing, the Red­skins have brought plenty of both to the ta­ble this sea­son. But the Giants have had their own share of turmoil, putting our coach— the pride ofWater­loo, N.Y. — on the hot seat.

Af­ter a strong start this sea­son, the Giants are com­ing off two games that were painfully hard to watch. The loss to Philadel­phia in Week 15 was tough­est of all. With the Se­nate in a rare Sun­day ses­sion that day, the only place I could find to watch the game was sur­rounded by un­sym­pa­thetic Red­skins fans at the Ug­lyMug on Bar­racks Row.

Lately, the Giants just haven’t played the gritty, de­fen­sive-minded and fun­da­men­tally sound foot­ball they made fa­mous as the Big Blue Wreck­ing Crew in the 1980s. The Giants’ no-flash style may not al­ways be pretty, but it evokes their blue-col­lar men­tal­ity and fan base.

Foot­ball, like pol­i­tics, works best when it ap­peals to the mid­dle class.

It’s not of­ten I root for a Chicago sports team, but this week will force me to do ex­actly that. Luck­ily, in­stead of rest­ing their play­ers, the Bears ap­pear to be play­ing to win. They may just give the Giants the help they need.

For karma’s sake, I am­mak­ing an of­fer to my Capi­tol Hill room­mate, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illi­nois. If his Bears can pull off the win that sends my Giants to the post­sea­son, I prom­ise not to eat all the ce­real in the house next week.

Let’s go Bears! And, of course, go Giants!

BREN­DAN SMIALOWSKI/GETTY IM­AGES

Sen. Chuck Schumer, right, re­mains op­ti­mistic about the Giants’ prospects.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Giants need the Bears’ help, so he reaches out to Illi­nois sen­a­tor and room­mate Dick Durbin.

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