Super Bowl 2012: Why America Is Pulling for the New York Giants

Sean StrathyContributor IFebruary 3, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 6:    Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after the New York Giants 24-20 win on November 6, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It's not just New York area that is drinking the Giant's Kool-Aid. A large portion of the country is pulling for the Giants to beat the Patriots, this Sunday. One Seattle poll shows 37 percent pulling for Giants and only 17 percent for the Patriots, at the time of this article.

The Eagles' Facebook page asked their followers and even though the results were close, the Eagles fans—traditionally hated rivals of the giants—weighed more heavily towards the Giants.

Even Cowboys' fans are posting on the Giants' website about how they're rooting for them.

But why?

Why would so many fans—fans of Giant's rivals—be pulling for the Giants? They won in 2007 so they have a more recent trophy than the Patriots, they also beat the Patriots in the regular season. It almost seems as if they're favorites, except for the 3 point spread. 

Here's why:

1) Tom Brady is like that guy in cheesy teen movies that has it all. Hot girlfriend, nice car, star qualities and on top of all that, he's smart. We are conditioned to hate that guy. No man should be able to have it all. Can you imagine having a beer at the bar with Brady? No. It seems more likely that he'd order a Pina Colada or an expensive glass of white wine.

2) Eli Manning is nothing like Tom Brady, persona wise. Manning, is everyone's likable little brother. The one that never filled the shoes his big brother left behind. Before this season his elite quarterback status was questionable. He married his College Sweetheart. Now he has the opportunity to go against the benchmark of elite, again.

3) The Patriots' scandal still sits in everyone's hearts. In a world that is so obviously corrupt, we try to keep sports as pure as possible. When anyone breaks that rule, they are forever tarnished. Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Pete Rose, and the NFL have had their share, too.

4)  Boston has been ranked the least friendly city in the country. Why would anyone want to root for its team?

5) Bill Belichick: Is there a more hated NFL coach? He's been to the Super Bowl seven times in his career. He's another guy that seems like he has had it all in his hall-of-fame coaching career, after his years under Bill Parcells and his own success.

With much of America rooting for the Giants, maybe the country will get what it's hoping for: A Victory Parade in the "Big Apple" and a game that doesn't give anything else to the men that already have everything.