Giants double-dip on parties


One of the benefits of being a team that has ties to two states is when you win, it usually means double the celebration.

The New York Giants, who play in New Jersey, were feted on both sides of the Hudson River on Tuesday following their 21-17 win in Super Bowl XLVI. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a ticker-tape parade through the "Canyon of Heroes" in lower Manhattan and winding up at City Hall, where the team was presented the keys to the city.

Not to be outdone, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hosted a celebration bash at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. According to Bloomberg News, Christie kept a promise he made to Adam Bernstein, a 10-year-old from Bridgewater who asked the governor at a Jan. 24 town hall meeting where the celebration would be held if the Giants won. Christie assured Bernstein there would be a celebration in New Jersey, since that's where the Giants train and play and many of them live.

"The only thing New York about the Giants is the helmet," Christie said at the time. "So I'm going to tell Mr. (John) Mara and Mr. (Steve) Tisch that if they really want to be loyal to where their real fans are, the rally to celebrate the Giants' Super Bowl victory will be right in MetLife Stadium."

Bernstein was Christie's guest at the stadium celebration, according to the governor's office in Trenton.

■ WEATHERFORD'S GOOD HANDS -- Giants punter Steve Weatherford is known for having a strong leg. But during Tuesday's victory parade, Weatherford showed he has good hands as well.

During the trip down the Canyon of Heroes, Weatherford, who was wearing his blue Giants helmet, hopped off the float he was traveling on and grabbed a drum from one of the marching bands playing in front of him and started to keep his own beat.

■ GOODBYE, KNICKERS -- Sunday's Super Bowl marked the end of an era for the NFL, as it was the final time the officiating crew wore the traditional white knickers. Starting next season, all officials will wear the long black pants that the NFL has been using the past few seasons for cold-weather games.

So whether it's 95 degrees in Miami or 20 below in Green Bay, the zebras will be decked out in long pants.

■ LOSERS' DANCE -- How seriously hurt was New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski? Apparently not bad enough to prevent him from dancing in a postgame party the Pats hosted late Sunday at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

Video from Boston radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub shows Gronkowski, who had just two catches in the game and was not a factor, shaking it pretty good while on stage with the group LMFAO. Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light is also in the video.

For a couple of guys who just lost the biggest game of their lives, Gronkowski and Light seemed to be enjoying themselves. How intense would the partying have been if the Pats had won?

COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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