PELHAM, N.Y. While millions of football fans throughout Pelham and the rest of the country gather around the television to watch Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, New York Jets fans say theyre in an awkward position.
Do they root for the Patriots, their archrival, or the Giants, a state rival? Most area Jets fans told The Daily Pelham they arent looking forward to watching the big game.
Im hoping the Patriots win it, so I dont have to hear the Giants fans, Joe Dereishi said. The Pelham Memorial High School junior considers himself a diehard Jets fan in a school filled with plenty of Giants fans.
Still, Dereishi said he doesnt expect the Patriots to have an easy win.
I think that it should be a close game, but the Patriots are going to pull it out, he said.
John Juliano is not sure if he will even watch the rematch of Super Bowl XLII when the Giants ruined the Patriots perfect season, 17-14.
Its terrible, Juliano said. I can barely watch the game.
Juliano said he hasnt quite decided on which team to root for in Sundays big game, but is leaning towards the Giants.
Do I take guff from Giant fans or do I take guff from Patriot fans? Im going to take it either way, but I think Id rather take it from the Patriot fans because I dont live in New England. I dont see them as often. The Giants, forget it. I see them all the time. My father, forget it, hed be all over me.
Jets fan, Angelo Lucareli, manager of DeCiccos Food Market said he wont be rooting for either team, but thinks the Giants will pull off the win.
It stinks, Im just watching the boxes, thats all, he said. I think the Giants are going to win by 10 because its going to come down to the defensive and offensive lines. I dont think the Patriots secondary is that good and I think Manning is able to make big plays.
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