NYC Prepares To Party If Giants Win Super Bowl
After the hype, the bragging and the cheesecake-for-chowder bets comes the actual game: the Giants against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The last time the teams met in the big game in 2008, the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots in one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever. Two days later, massive crowds cheered the Giants as they paraded up Broadway's Canyon of Heroes.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wouldn't say how the city would celebrate if the Giants win. He is encouraging fans to go to a Manhattan bar called Brady's that changed its name to Manning's for the game. Brady is the last name of the Patriots' star quarterback, and Manning refers to Eli Manning, the Giants' quarterback.
But about the parade: The Giants play in East Rutherford. If they win Sunday, shouldn't they celebrate there?
No, say New Yorkers. A Quinnipiac University poll released Friday found that 75 percent of New York City adults believe the victory celebration should be a parade in the Big Apple. Just 14 percent favored a Garden State bash. Conducted last week, the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie did not comment Friday. But he told the "Today" show on Jan. 18 that the Giants should hold any Super Bowl parade in New Jersey. "They play in New Jersey," Christie said. "They train in New Jersey."
Christie likes to call the team the New Jersey Giants. Many New Jerseyans agree with him, according to another poll released Friday, but not all of them.
The Monmouth University Poll found that 40 percent of New Jersey residents said the team should be called "New Jersey" while 34 percent said it's OK stick with "New York." It doesn't matter either way, said 22 percent who responded to the poll, which had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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