I’m not a big football fan, but I am from New York so this meditation is concerned with GIANTS in honor of the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.
Giants are a specific category of monster and any creature that is ‘supersized’ can also be called ‘gigantic.’ Giants are also powerful — not bad for a football team.
But how did the New York Football Giants get their name?
It started with the baseball Giants of New York. In 1883, John Day and Jim Mutrie founded the National League team The New York Gothams. Two years later on June 3, 1885, after a spectacular extra-inning win against Philadelphia, Jim Mutrie was overcome with emotion and called his team ‘Giants.’ The nickname stuck and eventually the Gothams became the New York Giants.
When Tim Mara purchased his football team in 1925 (for a reported $500) he borrowed the name Giants for his team. This wasn’t unusual in the 1920s and 30s when football was nowhere near as popular as it is today. (There were NFL teams called the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, etc.).
It pays to have a baseball-loving father when you are looking for answers about sports.
Enjoy the Super Bowl!