Sport: Elway and The Giant Way

An old franchise and a young quarterback come of age at XXI

Everyone agrees that the New York Giants are somebody's fine football team. Whose, no one seems completely sure. Neither of the feuding Maras, Wellington and Tim, quite owns them. And since the Giants play their home games in East Rutherford, N.J., the mayor of New York City regards them as "foreigners." Any parades have been referred to the city of Moonachie.

Even New Jersey has had occasion to disavow the Giants. At the final game of 1978, considered the low point in a post-'50s depression, an indignant little airplane buzzed Giant Stadium towing an ultimatum: 15 YEARS OF LOUSY FOOTBALL; WE'VE...

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