Giants Fans Pack Modell's Following Super Bowl Win
TIMES SQUARE — Giants fans flooded the Times Square Modell’s Monday morning, grabbing everything from T-shirts to foam fingers less than 12 hours after Big Blue captured its second Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots in four years.
“I just want to represent,” said Asharee Williams, 27, a nurse from Woodhaven, Queens, who was wearing a blue Hakeem Nicks T-shirt.
“From 7-7 to win the Super Bowl is something you have to remember,” added Williams, who was perusing the store for a Super Bowl champs hat.
Michella McKenzie, 35, arrived at the store around 9 a.m. to pick up a foam finger for her 7-year-old son.
“He’s a huge fan,” said McKenzie, of Parkchester in the Bronx. “It’s something he’ll have for a while. They were a great team that came together. I’m just really excited for this.”
The store remained open throughout the game until 4 a.m. It reopened at 5 a.m.
It will close today from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and then reopen again, a Modell’s representative said.
Dexter John, 34, of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, purchased a Super Bowl champs shirt and was looking for a Hakeem Nicks jersey to wear to tomorrow’s parade.
“I just want to be familiarized as a fan,” said John, who works for a healthcare company.
John said that even when his team was trailing 17-9 in the third quarter, there wasn’t a doubt in his mind that Big Blue would pull through.
“There was a lot of drama,” he said. “These guys always give you a heart attack, but they pull it out at the end.”
Victor Alcaide, a data migration consultant from Copaigue, L.I., snagged a few championship T-shirts for himself and his 4 and 2-year-old sons.
But he couldn’t resist the temptation to pick up a foam finger for his boss, a long-time Patriots fan.
“I figured I had to get him a little something,” Alcaide, 46, said smirking. “He’s gonna hate it.”
Williams admitted having doubts in the final minute after the Patriots got the ball back with the Giants leading 21-17.
But she said she never lost faith in her team and her city.
“It was nerve racking,” she said. “But we did it. For New York to win two championships in five years will always be a part of history.”