For New Haven, this Super Bowl Sunday is one of conflicted loyalties.
New Haven has had a long history of Giants-Patriots rivalry because of its geographic location along the Connecticut coast, according to an article in the New York Times on Friday. Younger residents of the Elm City, who grew up in the Tom Brady era, tend to support the Patriots, while older fans seem to favor the Giants, according to the article.
The Giants trained in nearby Fairfield, Conn. for much of the 1960s, and played in the Yale Bowl from 1973-1974, when Giants Stadium was under construction. During their two seasons at the Yale Bowl, the Giants went 1-11 at home.
“It added to the sense that we were part of New York Giants territory,” said 55-year-old Richard Hanley, an associate professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University.
Perhaps everyone can put aside their differences and embrace the unifying force of this Super Bowl: Madonna’s flyness.