Super Bowl Sunday has arrived! Today is the day the biggest event in all of sports takes place and it's occurring in our own back yard. Better yet, it occurs only a day after retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was finally, and rightfully, voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As Ice Cube says, today is a good day.
It’s safe to say New York and New Jersey wouldn’t have been given this Super Bowl opportunity without the creation of MetLife Stadium and all the bells and whistles the four-year old building has to offer.
But it was the stadium’s predecessor, Giants Stadium, that laid the groundwork, according to William Kohm who credits the decision to move the Giants from New York to New Jersey nearly five decades ago.
“Most people never thought it would happen,” said Kohm, the first spokesperson for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
The Broncos and Seahawks seemed destined to play Super Bowl XLVIII in snow and frigid temperatures.
Now the National Weather Forecast predicts 43 degrees and dry for the opening kickoff. Talk about changing like the weather.
The temperature might not drop below 37 degrees before the end of the game, and there’s just a 20 percent chance of rain. The winds likely will be less than 10 mph.
Laurie Tisch, a co-owner of the New York Giants, rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange twice in one day, then laughed at Jimmy Fallon’s jokes during the dinner for National Football League owners. She spun with Flywheel for charity and danced with Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where she’s been involved for more than 30 years.
“I’ll probably make it to 25 or 30 events,” Tisch said of her schedule during New York’s first time as a Super Bowl host.
Leonard Marshall had a few crucial sacks of his own in the the New York Giants' first two Super Super titles.
Marshall, however, points to his former teammate's sack against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI as the most impactful.
"When George Martin sacked Elway just before the second half," Marshall told NJ.com's Charles Curtis. "We sacked Elway in the end zone to, I believe, take a 10-9 lead at halftime and we all celebrated over the top of Elway in Super Bowl XXI.
We cling to the idea that football players are warriors with the tougher team and tougher defense prevailing.
Go back to 2008 and Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz. New England came in with a devastating offense and rediscovered receiver Randy Moss. The undefeated Patriots were favored by 12 points against the New York Giants.
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