Every Jets fan has to resolve this conflict to his or her own satisfaction, but the way I see it, you should root for the Patriots. Maybe Bill Belichick would decide to step down if he secured another ring. Maybe Tom Brady works out with a little less fervor in the offseason if the Pats capture the title. The Giants are your rival, sure, but you won’t see them in the regular season again until 2015. Hope the Patriots get fat on satisfaction, and deny the Giants the opportunity to rule the city.
No way. Just… no way.
I understand the dilemma, and since I deal with way more Giants fans than Patriots fans on a regular basis I can even see how from a pure exposure standpoint it might make sense to favor New England, but there’s just no way I could ever bring myself to root for a team coached by Bill Belichick and featuring Tom Brady.
But I don’t hate the Giants the way some Jets fans do. Not at all, really. They’ve got too many lovable players, and as a longtime Eli Manning apologist I’m enjoying the evidence this season is providing for future arguments with Giants fan/hater friends.
To me this isn’t nearly as much of a debate as it was with the Yankees-Phillies World Series in 2009, and even then it was pretty obvious to me the Yankees were the good guys.
Seriously, though — and excuse the woe-is-me-ness here — how can this keep happening? Why do my teams’ crosstown rivals and divisional rivals keep winding up playing for their sport’s championship?
I’m not going to bother with a poll because I know a lot of you are Giants fans. And congrats to you, if that’s the case. We’re in this together now. Let’s hold on to this: