Not every city is fortunate enough to be represented by two teams in the same sport. L.A. has the Dodgers and the Angels. Chicago has the Cubs and the White Sox. New York has the Yankees and Mets...and the Giants and Jets.
The Yankees and Mets faced off in the 2000 World Series, and New York City was in a frenzy over it. Bragging rights were at stake for the players and the fans, and the series certainly didn't disappoint. Who could forget the Clemens/Piazza broken bat incident? It was a series full of great plays, some highs and some lows...What more could a fan want?
It seems that there is a good chance New York football fans might get to see their two teams compete against each other. The Giants and the Jets have the makings of Super Bowl teams. Yes, I realize there is a lot of football left to play, but if both teams keep playing the way they're playing, the possibility of an all New York Super Bowl is more of a reality.
On Sunday, the Jets, led by Brett Favre, beat the previously undefeated Titans, something most people in football wouldn't have thought possible. They are proving to be one of the toughest teams in the AFC, which is no big surprise with Favre at the helm.
On the other side of that, the Giants beat the Cardinals on Sunday without Brandon Jacobs and Plaxico Burress, to post a 10-1 record. Big Blue has found a way to get it done, despite the often injured Jacobs and Burress, and the loss of Umenyiora for the season to prove they are no fluke.
So, let's say both teams get past the other teams in their way and matchup in the Super Bowl...Who's the favorite?
Last January the Giants went to Lambeau Field and played Brett Favre and the Packers on a cold, snowy night. Eli more than kept up with the future Hall of Fame quarterback, and the Giants won themselves a trip to the Super Bowl.
I've gotta go with the G-Men on this one, and not just because I'm a Giant fan. Favre has done wonders with the Jets' offense, but the Giants have been clicking on all cylinders all season and found ways to get it done without their key players at times.
Take the emergence of Ahmad Bradshaw, Domenik Hixon, and Kevin Boss the past couple of weeks. They have been running over teams. Now, add Brandon Jacobs, Amani Toomer, and Plaxico Burress into that mix, and the offensive possibilities are endless.
It also doesn't hurt that Eli has been putting up solid numbers. Against the Cardinals he was 26-33 and threw for 240 yards with three touchdowns. Some would say that those are the kinds of numbers he should be putting up; he is a Manning after all.
However, Eli is still a young quarterback and young quarterbacks don't always play up to their complete potential their first couple of years.
Take Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben was 23 when he led the Steelers to the Super Bowl. The following two seasons he somewhat underperformed. He is having a good season so far, but many would say that he hasn't played on the same level he did the year they won the Super Bowl. Eli has lived up to his Super Bowl year and then some.
As for Favre, he's more than proved he's still got it. He's made the Jets a big name in the AFC again. After years of being manhandled by the Patriots, the Jets beat their nemesis. Granted, Tom Brady wasn't playing but the rest of the team was intact. Favre did something that Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington couldn't do and for that, Jet fans will always love him.
This is the first time in a long time one city could be represented by two teams in the Super Bowl. Unlike the Subway Series, the game wouldn't be played in New York, which does take some of the excitement out of the whole thing. Still, just the thought of the two New York football teams facing off in the Super Bowl is enough to get people talking already.
Last year, it was highly anticipated when Brett Favre and Eli Manning were facing off in the playoffs. You can bet if the two quarterbacks and the Giants and Jets meet in the Super Bowl it will definitely go down as one of the most anticipated if not the most anticipated sporting event for years to come.
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