It’s Football Night in America!

Anyone looking forward to the Big Game tonight?! I sure am! Even though I’m a Giants fan and they had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season (see what I did there, children’s lit fans??), I’m still very interested in the game being played between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos tonight! I’m also very interested in the commercials, as I am every year. The halftime show? Ehhh.

There’s just one thing that really sort of irks me about this particular Super Bowl, and it’s this right here:

I don’t care about the Super Bowl 48 logo itself. I care about what’s going on behind it. See that skyline in the background? That’s beautiful Manhattan. Manhattan as in New York City. What’s wrong with New York City? Nothing! I love New York City!

Except that’s not where the game is being played. MetLife Stadium is not in New York City.

It’s in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The New York Giants and the New York Jets? Yeah, they share MetLife as their home turf…and it’s in New Jersey. Heck, even their practice facilities are in New Jersey. The fact that they’re called New York teams is, I guess, a matter of prestige. Who can say no to the glitz and glamour of the big city, right?

So why am I getting all riled up about this? It’s all about pride in my home state. I’m a New Jersey girl, born and bred. I’ve lived here my entire life. Sure, New Jersey is overpopulated and the cost of living is insane. Okay, the air is hardly fresh (but we’re the Garden State!). True, we’ve become known for that ridiculous MTV crapfest otherwise known as Jersey Shore. But, as ugly and scary and imperfect as New Jersey can be sometimes, it’s still my home and I’m still proud to live in it. Long story short? I’m not thrilled that New York gets the credit for the biggest football game of the year that’s not even being played there…

But I digress.

As for the game itself? Tonight promises to be awesome. Like I said, I’m a Giants fan. Eli Manning is my quarterback. He may not be playing in this Super Bowl, but his brother Peyton is — Peyton, who served as an incredible leader for the Indianapolis Colts before injury forced him out and he wound up in Colorado. Peyton Manning is a mainstay in my mind, a football legend in the making. He may not be my quarterback, but I respect the hell out of the guy. Factor in the knowledge that I know very little about the Seattle Seahawks and you can probably deduce who I’m cheering for tonight.

Go get that ring, Peyton!! Broncos for the win!!