The team's three Super Bowl trophies. The "NY." The words "World Champions" and "Eleven Straight On The Road."
"That's crazy," place-kicker Lawrence Tynes said Tuesday, just two days before the team was to kick off the NFL season against the Washington Redskins in the unfriendly confines of you know where.
"It is usually not that way in the National Football League, but for whatever reason we just didn't get it done at home last year," Tynes said. "If you think about it, had we won some of those games we probably would have had home-field advantage for the playoffs. To get those types of things, we're going to have to win at home this year."
"Quite frankly, our fans deserve us to play better at home," he said.
"There is no reason, that is just how it was," middle linebacker Antonio Pierce said. "We just didn't finish games at home. That's what it comes down to. We didn't play well. We didn't play well in Buffalo for the first two quarters and came back and won. Here, we need to do that. We need to learn how to play 60 minutes of good football at home."
The problem is the Giants haven't been playing even 45 minutes of good football in recent home games.
The other three home losses were not that close. Dallas was a 31-20 winner on Nov. 11. Minnesota won 41-17 on Nov. 25, and Washington had its way in a 22-10 win on Dec. 16.
Cornerback Sam Madison said there was a common theme in some of the losses: the wind kicked up and opponents stacked the box to limit the running game. It made the Giants somewhat one-dimensional.
"I can say what went right on the road," he said. "Guys had a singular focus. There were no distractions from family or driving around. You just got on the plane, went to the hotel and took the bus. Everyone was on the same plan, even eating the same food. I think that helped us out on the road."
Cofield says every player knows the importance of winning at home and everyone is determined to give the fans a good product this season.
"What happened the last year is uncommon, and we are not proud of that record," he said.
Center Shaun O'Hara smiled when asked about the record, since he has spent the entire training camp telling everyone last year is over and this year is new.
"We can't dwell on last year," O'Hara said. "If we were 8-0 at home last year, it would not guarantee us a win this year."
Notes: Tynes will miss the season opener with knee injury. John Carney, the 44-year-old kicker who was signed on Saturday, will take his place.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.