Day 3 of Super Bowl preview business, and already somebody is likening this whole deal to a crusade of sorts.
Newsday’s Johnette Howard writes this isn’t just a Super Bowl at stake here. It’s a way of life as New Yorkers know it. Or something or other.
This is bigger than just who wins Super Bowl XLII or Eli Manning's redemption. This is about stopping a sports trend that should offend your sense of style, your sense of decency or, you know ... at the very least, your sense of proportion.
Three championships hoarded by one city in the same year? New York had three in a little more than a year, beginning with Joe Namath pulling off a Super Bowl upset that was only slightly more monumental than a Giants' win over the unbeaten Pats would be. But it cannot happen to any place that goes by the nickname "Beantown" or trots out a football coach maligned as Belicheat.
Boston must be stopped.
OK. But first, you may want to make sure that Isiah Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Mangini, Willie Randolph and the rest of New York’s most storied winners are on board.