Giants, Pats headed to Super Sunday Showdown

Welcome back to the best seat in the house. I hope you remembered not to sit in it during the bye week. I'm very superstitious about these things. I want to make sure the divot in the cushion is in the same place it was after the Dolphins game.

Ok, raise your hands if you thought the Giants and Patriots would be previewing Super Bowl XVII when they battle at the Meadowlands on Dec. 29.

That's a metaphorical question, of course. I can't see your hands. But I can read your minds, and I believe you understand by now that this is starting to get very interesting.

All I can tell you is that if I'm writing another story about the UConn women's basketball team on Super Bowl Sunday – instead of watching Eli Manning and Tom Brady walk to midfield for the coin flip – someone at the Hartford Courant is going to have a lot of explaining to do.

I'm so happy to hear that much of this early-season success seems to do with Coach Coughlin's new player-media friendly approach. It didn't really register until my doorbell rang during the bye week and he was standing on my suburban stoop selling Girl Scout cookies.

I was so impressed that I bought two boxes. But I did notice he temporarily slipped into an old habit when I asked what kind of cookies he had for sale.

"That's the 576th time I've had to answer that!" he said. "Thin Mints! Café Cookies! Shortbreads! OK? Thank you for supporting the Girls Scouts of America."

I guess it's tough being constantly considered the go-to guy for information.

As for the Giants' victory in London, I hear Manning was very impressed by the history of the place. I didn't know how much until listening to the Fox audio of an audible he called after sensing a blitz coming from the corner:

"Something wicked this way comes? Open locks, whoever knocks! Hike."

I also heard the English boo Eli when he kneeled to kill the final two minutes. Brilliant! Good thing they never met Joe Pisarcik. They might have tried to occupy New York again.

Who knows what will eventually become of Lawrence Tynes? But it can't be a good sign that Coughlin stuck a Dean Martin CD into his dash last week and played this track over and over again:

"Goin' back to Huston. . .Huston. . .Huston."

I don't think a Scot has had a tougher day on British soil since William Wallace.

I think Jeremy Shockey cut his hair just in case he ran into Queen Elizabeth. The cascading blond locks may have spooked Her Majesty. And it's a good thing he didn't bump-and-run Kate Middleton, Prince William's hot girlfriend, in Trafalgar Square on his way to some pub. Yeah, baby! Jeremy might have spent game day in the Tower of London guarded by Beefeaters who hit a lot harder than Brian Dawkins.

After seeing the damage these two teams of NFL players did to the consecrated turf at Wembley Stadium, I was comforted by just one thought: At least now someone has a worse looking lawn than me.

What impact do you think one of the most boring games in NFL history will have on our trade deficit with Great Britain? Oh, I forgot. They watch soccer there. We're even now.

The league said 87 percent of tickets sold for the game were to British fans. So, those are the ones who actually get The NFL Network?

At some point during the first half, my view of the game was obliterated by something. Was Jay Alford on the field?

I hear images of Tiki Barber flashed on the Giants Stadium scoreboard are drawing boos and hisses from the crowd. Phooey on front-running fans, I say. When he's laughing it up with Al Roker on the Today Show I can understand the sarcasm. But just remember, the Giants basically have three running backs doing to the job No. 21 did alone last season. Let's see which of them is healthy or capable enough to pick the team up if they fall into another late-season slump.

Next time, try a Ray Handley photo. That always has worked in the past.

We in Connecticut are thrilled about the success Huskies football is having this season (just think Rutgers 2006). They were 7-1, ranked 16th nationally and headed to a respectable bowl even before last Saturday's match-up with the Scarlet Knights. Only Marshall has made it to the Top 25 faster after jumping from I-AA. Hey, what can I say? There's not a lot to do here in the Nutmeg state except make tons of money in the stock market.

Anyway, UConn is coached by a Coughlin disciple, Randy Edsall, who worked TC's staffs at both Boston College and Jacksonville. Let's just say the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Soak in the effervescence from Edsall after UConn's big win over nationally-ranked South Florida last week:

"There are things you want to accomplish as you grow with the program," Edsall said. "I'm not trying to downplay anything – the things we accomplished with the win and the things that might come with it are great. But we can't get caught up in all of those things."

I didn't know Tom taught public speaking, too.

Is it my imagination or is Strahan looking a little George Clooney these days? He's walking around with a perpetual three-day old beard, looking Hollywood in his open white shirts and tailored suits. He should be ready for the widescreen by Ocean's 92, I would think.

By the way, with a 6-2 record in his back pocket, I would think TC might not have to worry about Bill Cowher coming out of make-up a little early, if you know what I mean.

I'm beginning to think that Diehl, Seubert, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie might be the best line since "All those curves and me with no brakes."

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