GLENDALE, AZ -- The New York Giants, not wanting to lose the momentum they've gained on the road this year, are asking their fans to cheer for the Patriots during Super Bowl XLII.
"We've got a good thing going here so we don't want to mess it up," said coach Tom Coughlin as he adjusted his Patriots cap. "We're asking every Giants fan in attendance to please cheer loudly for New England and dress in the Patriots team colors."
The owner of the Giants has purchased 30,000 Tom Brady jerseys that will be handed out to Giants fans before the game, and the entire city of New York is being swept with Patriot fever. Even former Giant Tiki Barber was seen wearing a Randy Moss jersey.
"It's really hard to win when you're being booed constantly by your home fans," said Eli Manning. "So if we can just get them to join the other side and make it feel like a road game we might just have a chance." When asked who he thought was going to win the big game, Manning offered this stunningly ironic, Joe Namath-like guarantee: "The Patriots are going to win, I guarantee it!"
"We just get so nervous being in front of our home fans that it's hard to make plays," said wide receiver Plaxico Burress, sporting a Teddy Bruschi jersey. "It's hard to catch a pass when you have to look twice because it might be an empty beer bottle chucked from the upper deck. We'd like to avoid that kind of thing in a game of this magnitude and just focus on playing football."
The Giants are 3-5 at home this season and 11-1 on the road. The Giants coaching staff is also seeking the NFL's permission to have the entire field painted in Patriots colors for the upcoming Super Bowl along with the phrase, "Giants suck" in each end zone. The NFL has already denied a previous request by the Giants to wear the Patriots logo on their helmets instead of the Giants logo which they usually wear for both home and away games.