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A New Chapter in New York-Boston Rivalry

February 11, 2008 12:30 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The Giants’ recent Super Bowl victory promises to fan the flames of a New York-Boston sporting feud that has thrilled spectators for generations.

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Going into Super Bowl XLII, Boston fans had plenty to be excited about. The Red Sox had won two World Series in a row, the Celtics had become one of the best teams in basketball, and the Patriots were one victory away from the perfect season.

But the Giants, thanks to Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress, Michael Strahan and David Tyree, stopped the Patriots' from joining in their home town's complacency. New York enjoyed one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.

The Giants and the Patriots, however, were hardly considered rivals before Feb. 3, 2008. When it came to football, the Jets were the Patriots’ foes from New York.

The football season began in September with the “spygate” affair, during which Coach Eric Mangini and the Jets organization accused Bill Belichick of illegally taping New York’s signals during a game.

Still, football is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to New York-Boston antipathy. The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is probably the most famous in sports, from the Bambino’s curse and Bucky Dent’s three-run home run, to the Red Sox’s playoff victory from three games behind in 2004.

Like the Giants, the 1986 New York Mets would not leave all the attention for the two “main” rivals. That year the Mets spoiled Boston’s championship hopes in one of the most infamous World Series of all times.

In this sense, the Giants are simply the most recent chapter in a decades-long competition between the two cities. Whether it is the Knicks and the Celtics, the Rangers and the Bruins, or even Seinfeld and Cheers, there is always a sense of competition between New Yorkers and Bostonians.

Headline Link: ‘Boston’s Marathon is over, as NYC Revs up Rivalry’

Background: Before the Super Bowl

Opinion & Analysis: Which city is better?

Related Topic: Spygate

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