Okay, so technically, it's not Super Bowl Eve anymore. It's past midnight, and we're a little more than 16 hours away from kickoff here in Pennsylvania. I was able to get out of work tomorrow, I've finally allowed the excitement to set in after shutting it down for almost two weeks (my nerves wouldn't hold up for that long...I'm a total wimp, I know)...I can't wait for this game. That being said, I'm not sure I can actually sleep tonight. Totally wired.
I truly believe the Giants are going to win this game. I hate going into games feeling confident about my team's victory. I don't know why, it's just a superstition I've always had, but from time to time, I've been right. The last time I felt this way was the 2009 World Series, so I'm going to go with it.
This season was a typical season for a Giants fan as far as I'm concerned. I was only 3 1/2 years old when the Giants pulled out the win against the Bills in the final seconds of Super Bowl XXV, and for most of my childhood, the Giants were tough to watch. Then came the magic following Jim Fassel's declaration that the team was going to the playoffs...followed by an absolute trashing delivered by the Ravens. It wasn't until their run to Super Bowl XLII that I was actually able to be excited about the Giants. I'd still watch the games, still scream at my television, but it was all in vain.
As for this year...wow. I was hoping they would just finish 8-8, especially given some of the key injuries they endured before even playing a single regular season game. They have completely exceeded my expectations in so many ways. Eli Manning. JPP. VICTOR CRUZ! Chase Blackburn's (I'm calling it) epic return. Above all, total perseverance. This team, since their game against the Jets, has been nothing short of inspirational. I'm not sure I've ever been this proud of a team. So many opportunities to give up throughout the season, so many setbacks...yet here we are.
I'll be driving home to my parents' house in northeastern Pennsylvania early in the morning (er...later on this morning) to surprise my dad, who thinks I'm going to watch the game in Allentown. We went to the game against the Falcons and he drove three hours to watch the game against the 49ers with me. More than anything, I'm pretty pumped to finally watch a Super Bowl with him (one that I'm actually old enough remember). That we'll be watching one of the most determined Giants teams ever is just icing on the cake. That we'll be watching a guy who grew up just 20 miles from me protect Eli Manning and play for his second ring is just more icing.
This Giants team has all the tools in place to win this game. They have the tools to dominate this game. All we fans need is ONE MORE performance. ONE MORE incredible display of heart. I truly believe that our New York Giants will win this game. Once more they will face the New England Patriots, and once more they will STOMP THEM OUT.
LET'S GO GIANTS!