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New York Giants History: More to Come with 2014 Super Bowl

January 26th, 2013 at 4:03 PM
By Jen Polashock

No, the odds of the New York Football Giants being the very first team to host and play in the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014 aren’t the history topics that will be discussed. Super Bowl XLVIII AFC/NFC competitors aside, the fact that a 40+ year-old tradition will be held in the dead of winter in the upper Northeast and outside – with no retractable roof is going to be epic for the NFL. Snow, anyone? Kidding. Kind of.

'Sunday Game' photo (c) 2011, S. Alexis - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Half a billion dollars aside (that’s the now-estimated revenue that the big game will haul in for NJ/NY each) history will again make its mark starting with blue as have so many other benchmarks of football today. The bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl was won in May of 2010: less than a handful of months before MetLife Stadium (then, The New Meadowlands Stadium) officially opened for the 2010 NFL season. It was open to non-football events sooner, in the same month of May.

As for the upcoming pre-game festivities for Super Bowl XLVIII, much of it will obviously be in New Jersey, where the stadium is. The players will stay in hotels as well as train/practice there. Actually, word is the NFC team will train at the Timex Performance Center (the Giants' on-site training facility) and the AFC team will train at the Jets' practice facility in Florham Park, approximately 15 miles away. The week-long NFL coverage leading up to media day will be at various New Jersey venues including The Prudential Center (home ice to the NHL's New Jersey Devils) which will host Super Bowl media day, and the Meadowlands Racetrack, which will host the NFL's pre-game tailgate party. This will also be the first time in history that Media Day (scheduled for January 28, 2014) is held away from the actual game site. “The Rock” (Prudential Center) is in Newark, NJ and is about 12 miles from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

Across the George Washington Bridge in New York City, they will close Broadway between West 34th and West 44th streets (from January 29 to February 1, 2014) in order to free up “Super Bowl Boulevard'' for their version of days-long celebration including: player appearances, football clinics and a 36-foot-tall ''XLVIII'' in Times Square. The Super Bowl’s media center (anticipated to host approximately 5,000 of the media) and the televised NFL Honors awards show will be in New York City, too, where NFL headquarters are located.

But let’s go back to New Jersey. Both The New York Football Giants and the New York Jets play their home games at MetLife Stadium. It will be more than hard to stand back and not try to get involved in the planning – at least on some part. They’re joined only in venue-sharing purposes, so the owners of both teams non-surprisingly have differing views on hopes for the outdoor weather, as the Giants’ John Mara commented earlier this week.

“I’d love to see 50 degrees and mild, but [Jets owner Woody Johnson] like to see a little snow,” Mara said. “I guess I wouldn’t mind some flurries during the game, for TV purposes.”

Worrying about the weather is futile; there’s nothing you can do to control Mother Nature. Preparation will be key. Here’s to both sides (especially Jersey) organizing more than adequately.

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7 Responses to “New York Giants History: More to Come with 2014 Super Bowl”

  1.  GmenMania says:

    Good article. Man, how cool would it be for the Giants to play in the Super Bowl in their own stadium?

    Alas, it’s very unlikely, barring another magical run like 2007 and 2011. . .

  2.  LUZZ says:

    I don’t think we had magical runs in ’07 and ’11. I think we had great runs. In total we won 8 post season games between those and in 7 out of 8 we played like the better team on the field and won because we were better on that day. That’s not magic in my mind. SF champ game on the road last year could be argued since we got a few fortunate turnovers. but even in that game, our guys made the plays and theirs didn’t. Eli was an animal while Smith couldn’t complete a pass to a WR. We deserved that win too.

    I get sick of our SB wins being labelled as lucky, magic or voodoo.

    Here in Chicago the local sports guys talk about how they can become a franchise more like the Giants. On G101 the talk is how we can become more like the other teams. I guess it’s human nature to assume the grass is greener and the other guys are smarter/better.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I agree with you in that the PLAYERS made it happen. Both those seasons were offense and defense playing together. You do not win football game that time of year on the road with smoke and mirrors. The Giants played ball to get those wins. All the “magic” ish is just sour grapes coming from New England, Frisco and Dallas…..ect….ect.

      Every one of the 4 superbowls the Giants have, they earned.

      THE HATERS CAN KISS MY A$$……………………………………….

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Magical runs my arse!!

    Repeat this ten times: “No team wins the Super Bowl after playing three playoff games just to get there based on luck. No team except the Giants ever won the Super Bowl by beating a team that came into the game undefeated. No team except the Giants ever won the Super Bowl twice in five years by launching scoring drives for touchdowns in the last five minutes of the game. Teams that do that are plain old terrific and mix just enough luck into the quest to make it through. But they are not particularly “lucky”. They put themselves in the way of luck thanks to great play.”

    I don’t see it happening this season, but an awful lot depends upon what happens during the off-season.

  4.  GmenMania says:

    Wow, didn’t expect that much blowback on the word magic. I don’t believe that the Super Bowl runs were due to luck either. I agree with what everyone has said; we earned those Super Bowls. I just used the word magic to describe the awesome feeling of being a Giants fan during those times, not to insinuate that those runs were due to “magic”.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Dude, welcome to the “we missed the playoffs” Cyber-Hell.

      Mwahehehe……

      •  rlhjr says:

        LOL…………and hell it is my friends.

        GAmeMania the blow back was not directed at you. I’ve heard all the idiot sport casters and jealous fans talking luck. They have no clue about good coaching and outstanding players. If Reese comes up with two O-linemen a defensive tackle linebacker and corner over the next two drafts the route will be on again. As far as luck goes, the more I practice, the luckier I get :)
        I think the Giants are the same way.

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