NEW YORK THROUGH AND THROUGHBy Kieran Darcy
The Giants are Super Bowl champions for the fourth time in franchise history and will be celebrated with a ticker-tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes on Tuesday morning -- and rightfully so.
With all due respect to our neighbors across the Hudson, the Giants are a New York team through and through.
They were founded here, way back in 1925, and played their games here for almost a half-century before moving to Giants Stadium.
And so what if they moved? Most of us end up relocating some distance from where we were born and raised. But you know what they say -- there's no place like home.
They still have "New York" in front of their name. They still wear the "NY" logo proudly on their helmets. And they play with that swagger unique to New Yorkers, knowing they live in the biggest, baddest city in the world.
The Giants are one of the most prominent, most successful franchises in the National Football League. It's only fitting that they represent one of the largest and most important states in the Union -- not the small tract of land between the Big Apple and the City of Brotherly Love.
Eli Manning & Co. "finished" on Sunday with one more fourth-quarter comeback that speaks to the resiliency of this team and perfectly exemplifies the resilience of this metropolis, particularly in the past decade.
Now the Giants are reaping the fruits of their championship labor. And it's no coincidence that they are choosing to float through lower Manhattan first before an after-party at MetLife Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Sorry, New Jersey. But hey, how 'bout we give you the Jets?
Feels like a better fit to me.
INDISPUTABLE FACTSBy Mike Mazzeo
Where do the Giants play their home games?
If you're from Idaho, you probably wouldn't know because the major television networks always show New York City when they come back from commercial breaks, but the Giants do play in East Rutherford, NEW JERSEY.
It's an indisputable fact.
Two more facts: The Giants also practice in New Jersey, and many of their players and coaches live in New Jersey.
Sure, they were founded in New York City and used to play their home games in the Big Apple. But when they wanted to build a state-of-the-art stadium, because Yankee Stadium was being refurbished, where did they turn? Oh, right, New Jersey.
Remember, back in 1987, after the Giants won their first Super bowl title, Mayor Ed Koch wouldn't let the Giants have a parade down the Canyon of Heroes. Why? Because they played in New Jersey.
Weren't they founded in New York City? Didn't they play almost half a century's worth of games in New York City? It didn't matter.
"If they want a ticker-tape parade in New York City, they will have to play in New York City," Koch said.
Times have changed, of course. And rightfully so. The fans deserve to have their Super Bowl celebrations in New York and New Jersey. But when it comes down to it, the Giants are more New Jersey than they are New York.
So their helmet says "NY." Big deal. From 1976 to 2000, it said "Giants."
New York City already stole the Statue of Liberty. It shouldn't be able to lay false claim to the Giants, too.
And by the way, Kieran, as a Jersey native, we're good, thanks.