Big Blue Nation bursting with Super Bowl excitement
As New York gears up for an epic Super Bowl rematch Sunday between the Giants the Patriots, fans citywide are glowing with excitement to see Eli Manning & Co. take on New England quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.
"Honestly, it feels wonderful," said Giants diehard Erin Diamond, 25, of the Upper East Side. "I think Eli's finally getting the recognition he deserves ... and he's truly made a valiant effort to prove himself as a Super Bowl-worthy quarterback."
For some fans, just watching the game here in the city isn't enough, and they're doing whatever it takes to make it out to Indianapolis to see if the Giants can pull off another stunning upset of the Patriots.
Tim Irvin, 25, of Murray Hill, has traveled to every Giants playoff game this year, and is trying to raise donations from his friends to snag a seat in Lucas Oil Stadium.
"There's something special about this team and I want to see it through if I can," Irvin said. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to follow them like this again, so I want to do everything I can to make it."
But others, such as hardcore fan Gary Miller, 54, also of Murray Hill, are making the trip on faith, heading to Indy without a ticket and trusting in the football gods that they'll be able to get one there.
"It's your team playing in the big game - what could be better than that?" said Miller, who will fly out Indy on Friday morning hoping he'll find someone in Indianapolis who can get him a ticket.
"This is my first Super Bowl, and just being in that environment will be incredible," Miller said. "There's a lot of heart and a lot of chemistry to this Giants team - and I wouldn't want to be the Patriots right now."
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