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Nearly 1 million "delirious fans roared and wept" during the Giants’ Super Bowl parade in lower Manhattan yesterday, according to Margolin, Rosario & Fredericks of the N.Y. POST. Following the parade, the Giants "traveled to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, where another 40,000 fans packed the house for a rally." Police officers "beefed up security and reported few serious incidents." A police spokesperson said that there were "four arrests" (N.Y. POST, 2/8). Giants President & CEO John Mara said, "It feels even better than the last time, for some reason. To see the number of people around on the streets wearing Giants colors really makes you feel terrific." He added, "It really makes you proud to be a part of this organization, to see the kind of passion people have for this football team" (N.Y. POST, 2/8). Giants Chair & Exec VP Steve Tisch said, "There’s a group down in Texas who call themselves America’s Team. But these guys (the Giants) are America’s Dream." In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch notes Tisch "had used virtually word-for-word that exact putdown of the Cowboys in 2008 during a Super Bowl pregame interview with the NFL Network" (N.Y. POST, 2/8). Giants DE Justin Tuck said of the team's Super Bowl XLII celebration in '08, "Last time we were in Giants Stadium. Now we’re in MetLife Stadium," which led to "boos from the crowd." Tuck then said, "No, no. It’s MetLife Stadium. (But) one thing you can be sure of is, whose house it is" (N.Y. POST, 2/8). Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the team's City Hall celebration, "I had the honor of speaking to President Obama as we traveled over here this morning. He was very gracious. He praised our football team. He praised our mental toughness, our resiliency, our leadership, the great ability that this team possessed to finish to win so many games in the fourth quarter" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/8).
ANOTHER ROUND? In Dallas, Rick Gosselin writes, "I’d rank the Indianapolis game among my top three Super Bowl experiences of all time along with the 1992 game in Minneapolis and the 2006 game in Detroit." All three were "cold-weather cities that embraced who and what they are and compensated by dazzling all with their efficiency and hospitality." Indianapolis "benefited this time from unseasonably warm weather," and also "earned itself the right to host another Super Bowl at some point down the road" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/8). SI.com's Peter King wrote in Indianapolis, the "physical plan for a Super Bowl is perfect, whether you're inside or outside." The city "deserves another Super Bowl" (SI.com, 2/7).
Morale Entertainment Founder & Dir Mike Whalen said that he is "waiting on the Navy to determine availability of aircraft carriers or other 'big deck' ships in San Diego” before finalizing plans for the second Carrier Classic, according to Mark Zeigler of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The Navy has made “no formal announcement about a follow-up" to last year's North Carolina-Michigan State game, which was a “ratings bonanza” for ESPN. Whalen claims that he “has a contract with UConn for the 2012 Carrier Classic and a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with Arizona pending finalization of a broadcast agreement acceptable to the Pac-12 Conference.” Whalen also said that he has “verbal agreements” with Ohio State and Notre Dame “to play a women’s prelim.” Zeigler notes what Whalen "doesn’t have is a ship." Navy officials have "privately indicated it is 'highly unlikely' an active aircraft carrier would be available in San Diego in and around Veterans Day 2012." Meanwhile, a local group “apparently has emerged as well and shown interest in organizing a game if Morale Entertainment can’t or doesn’t.” That event “most likely would be on the deck of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego Bay and involve" San Diego State (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 2/8).
ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE: Univ. of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams yesterday said playing in the first Carrier Classic last November was "off the charts." Williams said, "The actual experience with all of the military personnel -- we were trying to say thank you to them, and they were saying thank you to us. ... We are playing a basketball game, providing some entertainment and they are risking their lives and everything else to protect us and allow us to live the way we do in this country. It was the neatest experience I have had in my entire life” (“The Jim Rome Show,” 2/7).