It’s a good thing this is a short week, because we’re not sure if we could take any more buildup to Jets-Giants.
The latest developments: The Jets are using a picture of a bloody Eli Manning as motivation. And we believe someone called someone else a “fraidy cat.” [Note: One of those two stories is fictional.)
Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck raises a great point over who “owns” the city.
“We got a lot of catching up to get to, what is it . . . 27 rings now the Yankees got?” Tuck asked via ESPNNewYork.com. “They run New York if you want to talk about running New York.”
Tuck is right. New York is one of the few places left in the country where baseball still dominates the sports discussion in town. Pro football may not even be the next most popular sport. We’d say the Giants and Jets rank behind the Knicks in terms of fan loyalty when the Knicks are remotely interesting.
It doesn’t help the football teams play in New Jersey, even if some players live in the city.
“It is not like if we beat them, I am going to be seeing guys at Del Frisco’s and I run into [Mark] Sanchez and say, guess what, we beat you. Come on man. Who cares. The only thing I care about is getting another one of those shiny things on my finger,” Tuck said.
No matter who wins on Saturday, the Jets and Giants appear to have too many roster holes this year to win a title. And that’s the only way you can truly get New York’s sustained attention.