Last week’s game against the Dolphins falls under the category of ugly wins–it wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it.  There’s not much else to say about it, other than the Giants will need to play better if they want to beat the Patriots in tomorrow’s rematch of Super Bowl XLII. 

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Sunday is the day every Patriots fan has been waiting for and every Giants fan has been dreading, since February 4th 2008.  But do the Giants and their fans really have anything to dread?

February 3rd, 2008 was one of the greatest days of my life--after the game--before and during I was a nervous wreck.   It's funny, at the beginning of the season, a friend asked me, "Wouldn’t you love to see a Patriots-Giants Super Bowl?"  To which I responded, "Are you crazy, a Giants-Patriots Super Bowl would be my worst nightmare.  I hope it never happens."  And I honestly believed it never would.

The reality slowly sank in, on a not so cold night here in LA, as I watched Lawrence Tynes' 3rd kick sail through the uprights--the Giants are going to play the Patriots in the Super Bowl--oh crap!  I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't decide whether or not to fly home for the game.  I was haunted by the thought of losing.  As if being a "Divided Fan" wasn't been bad enough already, I would never be able to live it down if we lost.    Ultimately, I decided to stay in LA to watch the game.  Joe couldn't leave town because of work, and since I'm responsible for putting him in this mess, I couldn't very well abandon him could I, especially when everyone in his family is a Patriots fan.  It's a miracle that I'm still welcome in their home.  Regardless, on that day we made chili and chicken wings, the fridge was stocked with Miller Lite and I baked this great Super Bowl cake shaped like the field--not hard to do they're both rectangles, the green frosting that's the key.  Anyway, our friends came over and I told them to help themselves, because unlike last year’s Super Bowl party, I could not be a proper hostess, I had a game to watch.   And watch I did, I didn't drink, I didn't eat, I watched, I paced, I prayed to God.  And well, we all know the outcome of that game.

And ever since that great day and especially since they announced the 2011 schedule, I have felt a similar sense of pre-game dread in anticipation of this rematch.  Every New England fan hate us, the whole region hates us and wants to cause us pain.  But do the Giants really have anything to be afraid of?  No.  We're a better team than them, we weren't in 2007, they were the best team in football, but they don't even see it that way.  On this given Sunday, we still have nothing to lose.  Plus, we typically gear up for big games against good opponents, unlike the first 45 minutes of the last week’s game, so if the Giants can manage to play hard for a full 60 minutes, there is no reason why we shouldn't win.  Plus, Eli tends to play well when the crowd is against him--remember that game in San Diego--and he's not about to eat his own words on how he should be considered in the same league as Tom Brady.  Also, I'm happy to report that Pats fans are apparently turning on the team already, criticizing Belichick, getting down on the defense and even Brady.  It's awesome!   For us anyway.  For me, I've decided to put my dread to bed, so to speak, and  go back to a phrase that my uncle used to help us get through Super Bowl XLII--"I like our chances."

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