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New York Giants' news and notes: 2014 Super Bowl countdown begins

With the 2014 Super Bowl now history, it's time to turn the page and begin focusing on the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. This morning's New York Giants' notebook does just that.

Eli Manning and the Giants were only visitors at the 2013 Super Bowl
Eli Manning and the Giants were only visitors at the 2013 Super Bowl
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Good morning, New York Giants' fans! The 2013 Super Bowl is in the books and the Baltimore Ravens are champions, having bested the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. You can read full coverage on the SB Nation NFL Hub Page.

For the Giants, and the New York/New Jersey area, it is time to officially turn the page and begin looking ahead to the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium. Thus, many of our Monday morning links touch on next season's Super Bowl.

Chill out, everyone! Next year's Super Bowl is a cool idea

Memo to America: Crazy is what we do here every single day -- and better than anyone else, if we do say so ourselves.

The notion that the logistics of hosting a Super Bowl -- weather-related or otherwise -- in New York and northern New Jersey will somehow overwhelm or intimidate us is comical.

Actually, the real concern is the opposite: That unlike in most cities, where the Super Bowl is an all-consuming community extravaganza, it will be swallowed up by New York, a city forever with other things on its mind.

The best thing about all of this is the pure, only-in-New-York adventure of it, something Host Committee CEO Al Kelly wisely has been peddling since he got the job. Yup, this will be something different all right, and that's a good thing.

Super Bowl 2014 in Big Apple area poses big quandary | Detroit Free Press |
The New York/New Jersey area will host its first Super Bowl, 2014 in East Rutherford, NJ

New Jersey knows that after Super Bowl 2013, 'New Orleans is a tough act to follow' |

Among the many bouquets the national media has thrown New Orleans' way throughout Super Bowl 2013 week is today's eloquent tribute by | New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi, under the headline: "New Orleans is a tough act to follow as Super Bowl host." "One year from this weekend, New Jersey will host the biggest sporting event in the country," Politi wrote. "All the worries seem to center on the potential for a winter storm, but whether it snows or is unseasonably warm, the hardest part will be following a city that knows how to turn a football game into a party."

New Orleans' real magic, he writes, isn't conjured by our famous food, music and architecture, or our comfortable winter climate. It emanates, he writes, from something else: "The people. They are everywhere around here in Jackson Square, playing jazz music and performing tricks and selling crafts. The Super Bowl has eaten this famous part of the city, with sets for TV shows and large tents for corporate parties, but it can’t snuff out its character."

Gov. Chris Christie hopes 2014 Super Bowl will help 'turn the page' from Hurricane Sandy |
Christie also hopes this is the first of many Super Bowls held at MetLife Stadium

The Associated Press: Freezing temps in NJ doesn't mean cold Super Bowl

New York Giants Victor Cruz talks contract, more- ESPN

"Hopefully we get something together and create a long-term deal that keeps me in New York for a while. That's all I'm focused on. That's all I want. I feel like I've done enough to prove to the front office that I'm worthy of being in a blue uniform for a very long time. Hopefully they see it the same way."

Weatherford wants apology from Ross - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford adamantly denies claims made by Mitch Ross that he supplied Weatherford with hologram stickers known as "performance chips."

Ross is co-owner of a company called Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (S.W.A.T.S) and says he supplied Ray Lewis with deer-antler spray -- which reportedly contains IGF-1, a substance that is banned by the NFL. Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Lewis sought help from Ross' company while rehabbing from a torn triceps injury during the regular season.

"I've never met Mitch Ross, I've never taken any of his products, I've never taken an illegal substance and his claims were totally unsubstantiated. And I've contacted legal council regarding his slanderous statements," Weatherford said at halftime of the Knicks-Kings game on Saturday.

Weatherford said he would like Ross to recant his statement and offer a public apology. Ross told reporters at the Super Bowl that Weatherford was one of his clients.

Giants legend LT: Strahan not getting selected to Hall is 'perplexing'
Giants Hall of Fame legend Lawrence Taylor is thrilled that Bill Parcells was voted into the Hall of Fame by the pro football writers, but cannot comprehend why Michael Strahan was snubbed.