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Justin Tuck: This Is Still a Giants Town

Said the Giants' defensive end to the News' Gary Myers, on the subject of which New Jersey–based football team owns New York City: "If I was in the Jets' position and kind of playing second fiddle to us as many years as they have, I think I would try to do something different, too. You can't fault them for that." By "something different," he means a quotable coach, a training camp full of HBO cameras, and of course, a 2009 season worth remembering — something the Giants certainly can't claim. "Listen, when they win the Super Bowl, I'll relinquish our hold on New York City," said Tuck. (Actually, Tuck concedes that this is a Yankees town right now, and also Mike Bloomberg's town, but that's comparing apples to oranges to billionaires.) Tuck's probably right: The Giants did just win a Super Bowl three years ago, and it'll take more than one Jets playoff run — or more than one hugely disappointing Giants season — before they regularly overshadow the Giants, in whatever subjective way these things are measured. (It can't hurt, though, that the Jets no longer play in a building with the Giants' name on it.) In any case, it's kind of nice to see a player take so much pride in his team that he'd join the fray on the kind of debate usually confined to sports talk radio and, you know, blog comment sections. [NYDN]

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