Darien divided over Giants/Patriots loyalties
The New England Patriots and New York Giants are just two days from making their Super Bowl appearances as fans of both teams make predictions and friendly wagers on the outcome of Sunday's showdown. The Patriots and the Giants met during Super Bowl XLII when the Patriots, after going 16-0 in the regular season, were handed their first loss at the hands of Quarterback Eli Manning who led the Giants to a 17-14 victory.
"Our family is rooting for the Giants. We just moved here over the summer from New York, so we just bought new t-shirts for everyone and we're ready for the game," Karla Schimmeck said. "I'm really looking forward to Friday when all of the kids wear their favorite team's shirt for Spirit Day."
Ox Ridge Principal John Rechi, is also a fan of the Giants, but he will be watching the game in enemy territory.
"I'm going to be at a party at my daughter and son-in-law's house. I think it will be a high scoring game. I'm looking at the Giants winning 38-30," Rechi said. "Both my daughter and her husband are Patriots fans, so it should be interesting. They even dress up their dog."
Darien High School Senior Amy Sanborn, also a Giants fan, is planning on spending Sunday watching the game with her fellow fans.
"I am hoping for the Giants to win and I will be watching the game in a college dorm with friends who are all Giants fans as well," she said.
Patriots fans shouldn't despair though as more than a few Darien residents are hoping they won't have to witness a repeat of 2008's Super Bowl.
Darien High School Senior Jay Alter made a bold prediction with the Patriots coming out on top by a score of 31-20. Fellow Republican Selectman David Campbell is also pulling for the Patriots, although he couldn't resist taking a jab at Republican Selectman Jerry Nielsen's loyalty to the Giants.
"Go Pats. Sorry that Jerry will be on the losing end," Campbell said.
Nielsen, who is hoping to see the Giants repeat Super Bowl XLII, but is also considering making the game a little more interesting.
"Lets Go Giants. I will have to work on coming up with a wager with Jayme," he said.