Poll time: Whom do you hate less, Giants or Patriots?

Tom Brady (3 Super Bowl rings). Eli Manning (one Super Bowl ring, better guy).

Tom Brady (3 Super Bowl rings). Eli Manning (one Super Bowl ring, better guy).

The fact the New York Giants and New England Patriots will meet in the Super Bowl has one obvious bright side for the rest of the sports world: In two weeks, either New York or Boston sports fans are going to be miserable.

Giants vs. Patriots. Really? We have to pick?

Is there a sentimental favorite here?

OK, here’s my list of factors. And there’s a poll to the left and space below for you to weigh in on your choice.

Which team are you pulling for in the Super Bowl?

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• Fans: New York is tied for having the most obnoxious pro sports fans in the nation. It is tied with Boston. But for some reason when Boston teams go down, it’s just funnier. I mean, not that the Red Sox going down in flames last season made up for the Braves doing the same. But it was close. Likeability edge: Giants.

• Falcons’ postseason nightmares: Last season, the Falcons and Patriots each were No. 1 seeds and got bounced in their first playoff game. Arthur Blank and Robert Kraft commiserated over a bowl of soup. This year, the Falcons were pounded by New York in the first round. The Patriots figured out their problems and won. More soup for Arthur — this time alone. Likability edge: Patriots.

• Celebrity element: Actresses Kate and Rooney Mara are in the family tree of the Mara family, longtime owners of the New York Giants. Patriots owner Bob Kraft has four sons. Big time likability edge: Giants.

• Coaches: Tom Coughlin isn’t Mr. Cuddles. But the guy has t0 meet with the New York media every day, which would drive anybody crazy, and I think he has been fired like 57 times in the tabloids. Bill Belichick never has been on the verge of being fired. The dark side of The Force is more powerful than you can imagine, Luke. Likeability edge: Giants.

• Cinematography: Belichick’s camera angles are superior to any other coaches. Finding the camera is the problem. Likability edge: Giants.

• Quarterbacks: Eli Manning isn’t supposed to be as good as his older brother, Peyton. but he may be on the verge of passing him in Super Bowl wins. Eli also just seems like a good guy. Tom Brady has won more Super Bowls (three) than both Manning brothers together. But he also left his pregnant girlfriend (Bridget Moynahan) for a super model (Gisele Bundchen). You lose serious good-guy points for that, no matter what Gisele looks like. Likeability edge: Giants.

• History: The Giants are 3-1 in Super Bowls. They seem to know how to win these things. The Patriots are 3-3 in Super Bowls, having lost to the Giants four years ago after going 18-0 (regular season and playoffs). That was kind of funny. Worth seeing again? Likeability edge: Giants.

By my criteria, it’s overwhelming. Do you have a pick? Or do you hate both?

The cyber floor is yours.

By Jeff Schultz

152 comments Add your comment

JesusHChristo

January 23rd, 2012
12:14 pm

Black Coffee & Bourbon

January 23rd, 2012
12:15 pm

jtb

January 23rd, 2012
12:16 pm

Is it just me or has Coughlin become oddly root-for-able?

JesusHChristo

January 23rd, 2012
12:17 pm

Tom Brady is going to kill it. Eli looks and talks like he was dropped on his head as a kid a time or two…

JesusHChristo

January 23rd, 2012
12:18 pm

jtb – It’s just you.

Rightwing

January 23rd, 2012
12:25 pm

Schultzie, why don’t you see if the ajc political page can use this style poll to decide which Republican presidential candidate we hate the least? The Super Bowl of politics!

zgoldatl

January 23rd, 2012
12:25 pm

Will not be watching. Hate Boston, hate New York. I’d rather watch the Atlanta Dream play.

PMC

January 23rd, 2012
12:26 pm

I can’t vote in this poll. Indifference.

Kantspell

January 23rd, 2012
12:26 pm

I’m not excited about this game whatsoever.

Dawg_Mike

January 23rd, 2012
12:29 pm

I’m just glad we avoided the Harbaugh Bowl.

oldmike

January 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Like the Giants. As a former resident and thus former fan at these times I am obligated to root for Big Blue.

High horse Jeff

January 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Hate ‘em both mainly for two reasons, one of which you already mentioned. Some of the most obnoxious sports fans ever exceeded only by the philly jerks. The other reason, the boys in Bristol ram northeastern teams down your throat ad nauseum and God forbid if a northeastern team in ANY sport is doing well. 30 minutes of that team on Sportscenter and 30 minutes spread out for the remainder of the non existent teams from elsewhere

steve bartkowski

January 23rd, 2012
12:34 pm

being from Atlanta, I’m having a hard time rooting for a team from New York or Boston…although, it seems impossible to not love the way Tom Brady plays football and his ability to make those around him better…

neil marlowe

January 23rd, 2012
12:40 pm

what’s the problem? I like them both – always have. no doubt you are just trying’
to stir up controversy.

George Stein

January 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

I, like the Giants, also seem to know how to win Super Bowls. SCORE MORE POINTS!

Fred Macmurray

January 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

As far as who wins,, I could care less,,, just hope its a good game.

Dr. Phil

January 23rd, 2012
12:46 pm

Manning had grass sticking out of his helmet from body slams, and his commercials are pretty funny. Go Giants.

Tom

January 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

Not sure why this would matter in a non-NFL city like Atlanta. Didn’t the Falcons move somewhere or get contracted a couple years ago?

Doug

January 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

I know Boston and New York have a rivalry (Red Sox-Yankess , Patriots-Giants) but to my ignorance I had no idea the rest of the country hated us so much. Is it posible that the author (Atlanta based) of this article is so disgrunted at the fact that the Giants flattoned the Falcons? Im a Giant fan and have a ton of respect for the Patriots and wish them luck, as i did for the Falcons, Packers and 49rs. Better luck next year Mr. Jeff Schultz!

NCBravesFan

January 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

I have to break in favor of the Giants, if for no other reason because they have this nice little habit of making the pinheads on ESPN look like fools.

heartofdarkness

January 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

Both teams have strong organizations that use the talent available to them exceedingly well. They don’t spend a great deal of time fantasizing on the superior athletic abilities of their receivers, because they realize if you don’t have the ball, you can save the speed and power argument for track season. Both teams focus on getting receivers open in areas of the field where crowds aren’t gathering, which is remarkably helpful to those whose job it is to catch the ball. Even when their offensive lines are getting pressured by the pass rush, passing lanes seem to emerge in areas that are predictable for the quarterbacks. If they need 5 yards for a first down, their receivers make their break at 6 yards where they often find the ball hitting them in the hands. The quarterbacks don’t seem to mind the general public thinking they aren’t strong enough to launch the 70 yard bomb. Both teams have players who play their assignments most of the time, on both sides of the ball. It is impressive that both have young players who are able to fit into the game plan, play significant roles and rarely look like the guest host on Saturday Night Live trying to keep up with the regular cast.

And while the Patriots seem to be able to get a yard on third or fourth down with the run, using angles and options, the Giants seem to recognize the odds are against them on the ground, and elect to make the yardage with quick passes to open receivers in space using deception and reads.

I love these teams and think it could be a great game to watch.

DC

January 23rd, 2012
12:49 pm

I will be cheering on for the Pats…dont care for Eli or Coughlin…your article is little inaccurate on the owner stand point…a lot of people have respect for Kraft..his wife died and he is the main reason there is a football season.

Londonman

January 23rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Who cares about the game! Once Falcons were eliminated, my NFL watching ceased and moved to European Football.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 23rd, 2012
12:55 pm

I don’t like either team, but I will probably root for the Giants to lose just because watching Tom Coughlin change colors is funny.

D man

January 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

Every team in the NFC now wants to play the Falcons in the playoffs so they can go to the Superbowl. Wow, this stinks…

George Honduran Falcon

January 23rd, 2012
12:56 pm

Goota love it that the Giants are in the Superbowl. At least it is consolation for a Falcons fan to know that the three teams that beat us in the playoffs in the past 4 years all went to the superbowl. However, now that the Giants are in, I am all for Patriots!!! Go Brady!

MommaHanna

January 23rd, 2012
12:59 pm

There go my plans for any type of Super Bowl party. Maybe we can rent a movie instead.

George Honduran Falcon

January 23rd, 2012
1:01 pm

My brother lives in Rhode Island, Big PATS Fan. GO PATRIOTS!!

True Dawg

January 23rd, 2012
1:08 pm

GO PATS! Tom Brady is the best qb ever!

DawgDad

January 23rd, 2012
1:09 pm

Ditto the consolation to the Falcons. It is pretty amazing they’ve lost each time to the eventual Super Bowl representative, but when watching the games it was obvious WHY they lost.

The problem I have with the Falcons was their expressed belief they were only a player away from being a Championship team. Hogwash. It’s harder to make that next step than they let on, and they are far more than a player or two away. They had no answer for letting go of Harvey Dahl, for injuries to Baker, Jerry, Abraham, Mughelli, Moore, McClure, and Grimes, no answer for the punter and long kicker (though he did improve marginally). They are lacking toughness in the trenches on both sides of the ball and they have to deal with a number of key free agents with a depleted cache of draft picks. Good luck.

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
1:13 pm

G-men. The Falcons ALWAYS lose to the eventual Super Bowl Champs.

BillS

January 23rd, 2012
1:13 pm

Can’t imagine anyone who calls himself a football fan wouldn’t be interested in this game. Two first=rate franchises, terrific city/term rivalries, a pair of the NFL’s top QBs. What’s not to like? Should be a good game. I’m pulling for the Pats.

Peadawg

January 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

Taliban vs. Bill Bellicheat = Taliban

Does that answer your question?

:)

Stinger2

January 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm

No hate for either team. If I was really interested, I would pull for the Giants because they made what could have been a losing season a trip to the Super Bowl. They won when they had to win.

Pissed Off New Yorker

January 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

Hey “Peadawg” after what New York and this country went thru 10 years ago, to make a statement like that shows your a F*#$king A#&hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

italian_29

January 23rd, 2012
1:25 pm

I have to go with the underdog Giants, who would have thought that a team that was barely 500 after 14 games, 7-7 would be able to pull it off? None of the “experts” are giving the Giants a chance, which is another good reason to pull for the, kinda like 08.

Pissed Off New Yorker

January 23rd, 2012
1:25 pm

This is about football, I know dozens of people that died a horrible death.

Nate

January 23rd, 2012
1:26 pm

Strong dislike for both teams. I’ll probably just refrain from watching the Super Bowl this year.

italian_29

January 23rd, 2012
1:27 pm

I have to go with the underdog Giants, who would have thought that a team that was barely 500 after 14 games, 7-7 would be able to pull it off? None of the “experts” are giving the Giants a chance, which is another good reason to pull for them, kinda like 08.

italian_29

January 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

Stupid servers, sorry about the double post.

Gorilla Biscuit

January 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

I’d just as soon watch two chimps mate.

extremus

January 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

I could care less about any playoffs where my Atlanta sports teams are no longer in the hunt, period.

I think it’s interesting to note that all three Falcons playoff losses during the Mike Smith era have come against eventual Superbowl participants, teams who happened to “get hot” at the right time and against the wrong team, sadly.

Will the Falcons (or Braves) ever have another one of those magical runs? Hard to say, honestly, but while I continue to root for them I’m not holding my breath.

blue

January 23rd, 2012
1:34 pm

Jeff, I don’t know how you can just summarily dismiss the Philadelphia fans from “the most obnoxious” award and just randomly give it to the other two. I demand a recount…

Delbert D.

January 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Sorry…I like them both. I’ve lived in both areas.

King Peter

January 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Can’t beleive the falcons got as far as they did with the personel they have,give them some credit!

JJ

January 23rd, 2012
1:46 pm

Can’t stand either team. Certainly can’t stand Tom Brady. One of the MOST overrated qb’s in NFL history. I’m tired of him and Romo.

I won’t watch the Superbowl this year. I will record it so I can see the commercials.

GO FALCONS 2012!!!

FalconFan

January 23rd, 2012
1:47 pm

I don’t hate either. I am just glad New Orleans isn’t in.

Arno

January 23rd, 2012
1:48 pm

Cardinals, Packers, Giants– meet the Falcons in the first round and you are guaranteed a Super Bowl appearance. Shouldn’t that be worth an extra draft pick for the Falcons or something?

tim

January 23rd, 2012
1:51 pm

49ers/Giants game = 22 punts.

they both stunk…………

FalconFan

January 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

JJ, Brady? One of the most overrated QB’s? Seriously? With these stats?
Career
Rating
96.4
Yards
39,979
TD’s
300

Besides Wes Welker and TO, name his receivers over the years that helped him win 3 Super Bowls and probably a 4th in 2 weeks.

For comparison here is Drew Brees stats for the same period of time:

Career
Rating
94.0
Yards
40,742
TD’s
281