Giants Fandemonium Erupts After Super Bowl Win
By DNAinfo Staff on February 6, 2012 2:01am
By Paul Lomax, Tuan Nguyen and Tom Liddy
MANHATTAN — Giants fans painted the town blue Sunday night after a thrilling Super Bowl win over the Patriots.
Throngs of fans erupted into deafening cheers at bars around the city after Big Blue bested New England 21-17 in a nail-biter that went down to the wire in Indianapolis.
“It’s an excellent f---ing game,” said Lauren Larco, 27, outside of Social, at 795 Eighth Ave., in Hell's Kitchen.
Larco, 27, of New Jersey, arrived at 2 p.m. for the big game with her best friend Ray Marro, among the legions of fans who crammed into the pub.
“It’s a long wait but it’s worth every minute because we had the front row seats,” said Larco who works in real estate.
The Giants win, the team's second come-from-behind Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, capped a season that started out strong, but imploded in the second half.
“I would have been happy even if they didn't win, but they came back from nothing to win,” said Marro, 27. “It’s the best team...the classiest team.”
“It was a tough game and we were scared a little bit — at times shaking.”
Marro said that she would celebrate the victory by joining in the ticker-tape parade that the city is planning for Tuesday morning.
“My boss said if we won, he would give me a day off,” she grinned, sporting a Giants jersey.
At Foley's Pub at 18 W. 33rd St., Tony Russo went wild at the Giants' victory, which was sealed by a Hail Mary pass from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady that was broken up.
"I can't believe it! I just called my friend in upstate New York and I let him hear everything on my speaker phone," he said. "It's amazing! Go Giants!"
Russo, 68, of Binghamton, added that he hadn't "partied like this since I was in my twenties and that night my wife got pregnant! What a night this is!"
Also celebrating there was Sachin Mal, 32, of Queens.
"We are not spectators. We are players," he said. "And tonight we played with the heart of this city and kicked Tom Brady and the Pats outta town!"
Big Blue's win, the second for star quarterback Eli Manning and coach Tom Coughlin, meant big bucks for some.
John McCory, 25, of Woodside, Queens, who tends bar at Emmett's on 44th Street and Eighth Avenue, said that he won a $50,000 Super Bowl pool.
"I can't believe it," he said. "People were telling me the score and then I realized I had a chance. I think I might go and buy my own bar. I'm still shaking."
After the game, hundreds of revelers flooded into Times Square.
“I’m a Giants fan for more than 20 years,” said Johnny Gressett, a 24-year-old plumber from Virginia, who came to New York for the Super Bowl.
“it’s a great game and everybody knows that it’s a hard-fought game.”
The party was so raucous at one point that a young man was arrested for trying to burn a Patriots jersey.
“Giants! Great game. Awesome second half,” yelled Brian Zelenka, 32, an FDNY firefighter right after the game.
“The Patriots [had] great defense, a great team and a great QB. But the Giants are tough and they fought all the way back."