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Graham: Who to root for

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Steamboat Springs — Admittedly, I have no one to root for in the Super Bowl. — Admittedly, I have no one to root for in the Super Bowl.

— Admittedly, I have no one to root for in the Super Bowl.

I could certainly make a case for whom I don’t want to win, but part of watching the Super Bowl is always rooting for one team.

In order to pick between New England and New York, I had to look at the basics, break it down, award points, then pick which team I’m going to root for, inevitably throwing the balance of the game seeing as how no matter what team I root for always ends up losing.

So in the following five categories, each team is awarded points out of 10:

1. Town. New York or Boston. I’ve never been to Boston, so the easy assumption would be to award these points to the Giants. But the Giants don’t actually play in New York. They play all their games in New Jersey. This has always been a point of contention with me. Why do the New York Jets and New York Giants claim they’re New York teams when the two teams play in New Jersey? There is in fact only one true team from New York – the Buffalo Bills. Plus, I hear Boston’s nice. New England 10, New York 9.

2. Fans. Both can get on the nerves, but both are very loyal. That’s something I like. However, in Friday’s Boston Herald, columnist Jessica Heslam presented actual statistics proving New England fans are “smarter, classier and healthier and own pricier homes than the riff-raff who root for the New York Giants.” Using statistics from Nielsen, the TV ratings firm, Heslam shows New England fans have college degrees, drink higher-class alcohol and prefer the finer things in life. Talk about pretentious. New York 10, New England 9.

3. Recent Success. This is pretty simple. New England could be the greatest dynasty we’ve ever seen. The Red Sox won the World Series. The Celtics are the best team in basketball. New York wasn’t expected to make it this far, wanted to fire its coach and kill its quarterback. New York also has the Yankees, the Mets and the Knicks. Seeing as how the New York teams have struggled for the past 10 years, we have to go with the underdog. New York 10, New England 9.

4. Coaches. Tom Coughlin or Bill Belichick. Boy, this is a hard one. Coughlin was almost out of job earlier this year, changed his coaching attitude and rallied the Giants. Belichick is the best in the game. The winner? Belichick, because all the greats (see my photo atop this column) wear sweatshirts. New England 10, New York 9.

5. Players. After scanning the rosters, the Patriots win. Not in terms of just talent, but they also have more Big 12 players (nine to two), and I’m a fan of the Big 12. New England 10, New York 9.

That’s it. New England wins a narrow 48-47 battle. Time to strap on the hoodie and root for Belichick and the boys.


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