Good morning, New York Giants' fans! There is one more game to played in the NFL season, and Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be played at MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and New York Jets. Appropriately, many of this morning's headlines are Super Bowl related.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is, of course, the older brother of Giants' quarterback Eli Manning. That, of course, meant Eli will have to answer lots of questions the next couple of weeks about his brother playing in the Super Bowl in his home stadium. Those questions started coming Sunday:
"I’m just happy for him to be in New York and be in a Super Bowl," Eli told a small group of reporters. "Obviously, I play in one in Indianapolis, and he was great to me. Whatever I needed, he was going to try to help me out, and obviously, I’ll do the same for him."
As for the symmetry of it ...
"I hadn’t thought that deeply about it," he said. "Obviously, it is unique that we’ve played for championships in each other’s home stadium, but he’s got another game to play and I’ll be rooting for him hard."
Everyone will be watching the weather forecast over the next couple of weeks, wondering if there will be snow on Super Bowl Sunday.
On Accuweather's willitsnow.com website, three of four meteorologists say football's championship will be decided without snowflakes. But The Old Farmer's Almanac slaps early February with the ghosts of football championships past: "stormy, heavy rain and snow."
One thing everyone agrees on is that it will be a whole lot colder than last year's game in the climate-controlled Super Dome in New Orleans.
"It looks to us that it will be colder than normal," AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. "I am now beginning to think that the odds are getting greater and greater for at least some snow."
The glitz and glamour of the Super Bowl always attracts a jet-setting crowd. That might be an issue this time around as bus and rail transportation will be the primary method of getting to the game.
"This is going to be a national experiment," said Mitchell Moss, the director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University. "The high rollers are not used to riding a bus."
The Giants, of course, are not playing in the 2014 Super Bowl. There are, however, plenty of players and coaches with New Jersey connections involved in the game.
We finish our notebook with one non-Super Bowl story. If you missed the fantastic story on Ben McAdoo, new offensive coordinator for the Giants, by Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger on Sunday, take the time to read it.