Super Bowl Giants Vs Patriots sets Irish hearts racing
Boston Irish versus New York Irish for Super Bowl 2012
Two of the most Irish communities in the country are headed for battle in less than two weeks for Super Bowl XLVI. With names like Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, and Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants attached to this year’s showdown, rivalries between the New York and Boston Irish will be coming to a fever pitch.
New Yorkers are remaining optimistic about their underdog Giants, and hoping for a repeat of 2008.
New Yorker and Irish-American Daniel Jagoda said of Big Blue that they’ve “rebuilt” this year.
“They’re the underdogs of the season! No one thought they would get this far.”
It was only four years ago when the Giants met the New England Patriots for a Super Bowl showdown and gave a ‘giant’ upset by ending the Patriots’ run for an otherwise perfect season.
Tara Sullivan, sports writer for the The Record in New Jersey, writes that the Giants are headed down a familiar path and will beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
“Four years ago, Eli Manning wrote his first stirring championship story by upending the undefeated, heavily favored Pats,’” writes Sullivan. “Now, he has the chance to do it again, to become the first Manning brother with two Lombardi trophies, to do so in Indy where big brother Peyton has soared, to become the first Giant quarterback to make the same two-title claim.”
In Boston, however, the memory of a famous upset at the run for a perfect season is still a sore topic.
When asked about the Irish and Irish American attitude in Boston towards the upcoming Super Bowl, Connell Gallagher, publisher of the Irish Emgirant newspaper in Boston, noted how the Irish are quick to form allegiances to their new found hometowns in America, and that that rings very true for places like Boston and New York.
“It’s fair to say that there’s true pride and loyal support for the Patriots here in Boston,” said Gallagher about the Irish and Irish American fan support, which is similar to that in New York.
He remembers how the die hard Patriots fans were not so upset with the Super Bowl loss in 2008 against the Giants, but rather that the Giants famously ended the Patriots’ run at a perfect season.
That sentiment is sticking with New England fans now for the coming weeks, setting the stage for a brutal match of fan support on February 5th.
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