Don’t Care About Football? Care About New York.


This blogger doesn’t like football. If she’s going to watch a sport it’s going to be baseball and she’s going to root for the Yankees. Therefore, this Super Bowl Sunday, this blogger is not going to tell you which players to watch. In fact, the only ones she really feels qualified to even mention are Eli Manning and Gisele Bündchen’s husband. (Just kidding, she totally knows that his name is Tom Brady.) That said, she is going to care about the Super Bowl outcome, and New Yorkers, you should too.

Here’s why: this blogger cares about New York, and the Giants winning the Super Bowl would mean athletic glory for the best city in the world. (We know, we know, the Giants play in New Jersey. We’re choosing to overlook that.) Success would also mean beating the Patriots, which would in turn mean beating Boston, a city that tends to thinks it’s just as good as New York, even though we all know it isn’t.

If you need more proof than that, just look at how involved our government is getting in this game. The Mayor’s Office Twitter account has even altered their default picture in support of the team:

Bloomberg’s default also displays some Giants fandom:

That’s minor though. You see, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and Rudy Giuliani have a bet wherein if the Giants lose Giuliani has to go to Fenway wearing a Red Sox hat:

No matter what you think of Giuliani, something about seeing a New York icon — good or bad — in Sox paraphernalia should rub you the wrong way. (h/t)

The mayoral bet is not quite as vindictive or as interesting. It’s certainly not as horrifying as the idea of renaming 49th Street 49ers Street. Thank goodness that didn’t have to happen. Instead, Mayor Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino are each offering a trip to their respective city to a family from the winning side. There is a bizarre victory for New York in a potential loss, though, because at least then members of a Boston family will get to see what they are missing by not living here. A vacation might convince them of their folly.

(In the lead up to the game, Menino and Bloomberg have used their rivalry to advocate for a common cause.)

All in all though, this blogger understands if you don’t actually want to watch the game. She completely supports ignoring everything but the commercials, the halftime show, and the game’s conclusion. Plus, if the playing goes long, she is fully aware that Downton Abbey starts at 9 p.m. However, she implores you, if you do nothing else tonight, at least watch the Puppy Bowl. That too can qualify as an act of New York pride: about kittens from Animal Care & Control of New York City are performing in the halftime show. Plus, puppies. Yes, PUPPIES. Seriously, just look at these puppies.

Go football!