YOU CAN TALK WHEN YOU'VE GOT A RING, REXBy Kieran Darcy
Which football team owns New York? Well, there's a simple answer to that question.
Actually, it's a simple math equation.
3 > 1.
The Giants have won three Super Bowls in franchise history -- three in the past 25 years, to be exact. Plus, don't forget they played in a fourth Super Bowl, in 2000.
The Jets? They own just one Lombardi Trophy, from their only appearance in the big game -- and the cobwebs date back to 1969.
For all of Rex Ryan's bluster and bravado, he has not delivered a championship to New York. Heck, his teams haven't even played in a Super Bowl.
Back-to-back appearances in conference championship games is nice, but it doesn't deliver a ticker-tape parade down the Canyon of Heroes.
And that's what the Big Apple is all about.
Now, don't get me wrong -- I do give Rex credit for something. He has turned New York back into a two-football-team town again.
That's a good thing -- the more football buzz in this city, the better.
Of course, Rex has had to resort in large part to bold proclamations and an HBO reality show to get that job done. And his guarantees aren't exactly rock-solid, are they?
After all, hasn't he predicted the Jets will win the Super Bowl every year of his tenure? Oops.
The Giants, meanwhile, have not suffered any loss of stature in these parts. Instead, they're comparable to the Yankees.
If the Yanks make the playoffs but lose in, say, the American League Championship Series -- as they did last year -- their season is considered a failure.
And so it goes with Big Blue.
That's what happens when you have three Lombardis in your trophy case, not just one.
JETS ARE THE LITTLE BROTHER NO LONGERBy Mike Mazzeo
The Jets used to be the little brother in New York, the team that had to play its home games in Giants Stadium for more than 25 years.
"I know it's going to piss off every Giants fan to hear this," Jets head coach Rex Ryan wrote in "Play Like You Mean It," his new book, "but here you go: We are the better team. We are the big brother."
Ryan says a lot of crazy things. But this time, he isn't crazy. He's right.
Gang Green owns Gotham.
The Jets don't have as many Super Bowl titles as the Giants do, that much we know. But right now, the Jets have a swagger and confidence that drives them to be the best, and they have been the best team in town the last two seasons.
While the Giants failed to qualify for the postseason in 2009 and 2010, the Jets made it to the AFC title game both times. If you're scoring at home, that's four playoff wins for the Jets. None for the Giants.
According to Ryan, that trend is going to continue.
"We're going to remain the best team here for the next 10 years," Ryan wrote.
Come Saturday night, when the Giants and Jets meet on the gridiron at MetLife Stadium (not Giants Stadium, Justin Tuck), things are going to get personal. The Giants probably haven't forgotten that the Jets bloodied quarterback Eli Manning last season, and they're going to be out to prove that they don't need Plaxico Burress -- now a Jet -- to win.
As for the Jets? They'll be ready. In fact, they can't wait.
While the Giants are dropping like flies, the Jets are only getting stronger. QB Mark Sanchez is becoming a leader (see: Jets West), has plenty of weapons around him and is primed for a breakout season. And as far as we know, Darrelle Revis is still the best defensive player in the NFL -- anchoring a unit that ranked third in the league last season.
Face it, Giants fans. The Jets were the little brother then, but they're the big brother now.