Four years ago, the Giants were facing the Packers in the NFC Championship. I was in the Poconos on a ski trip with a bunch of friends. A few of us were in a Reebok outlet and saw that they had some Giants jerseys on sale. Tony and I decided we should get some to wear during the game. The only ones they had were Jeremy Shockey (a much-maligned tight end who was injured and wasn’t going to be playing) and Mathias Kiwanuka (linebacker out of Boston College). Neither of us wanted the Shockey jersey so, despite my hate for all things Boston, I bought the Kiwanukae jersey.
That night, the Giants shocked the Packers in overtime to head to Super Bowl XLII. Now, I’m not crazy. I don’t believe that the Giants won because we wore our jerseys but when it comes to sports, I get very superstitious. I wore my jersey during the Super Bowl two weeks and we all know how that turned out.
Fast forward to Sunday, I decided to wear my jersey while running the Carlsbad Half Marathon. Afterwords, the jersey was quite stinky. When we got back to the house, we rented in San Diego, we threw all our running clothes in the wash. While watching the Giants play the 49ers in the NFC Championship, I was a little more confident than I was four years ago so I wore my Giants Super Bowl Champions T-Shirt instead.
After three quarters, the Giants were behind 14-10. Eli Manning was getting pummeled by the Niners’ front four and couldn’t get the offense going. I couldn’t take it anymore. I went to the dryer, grabbed my jersey and put it on over my t-shirt. Again. I’m not crazy. I don’t think wearing that jersey would be the difference between the Giants winning and losing but I know that, if the Giants lost, all I would be thinking (after “Cindy’s brothers are never going to let me live this down”) is “I should have been wearing my jersey.”
A few minutes after I put my jersey on, the 49ers Kyle Williams muffed a punt, the Giants recovered and later scored a touchdown. Ultimately. the Giants beat the 49ers 20-17 with an overtime field goal by Lawrence Tynes (who hit the game winner four years ago vs. the Packers). The first text I got after the game was from Tony: “The jerseys strike again!”
I don’t know where I will be watching the Giants face the Patriots in the Super Bowl but I do know what I’ll be wearing.