A timeless tradition for fans young and old

Freddy Powers, 8, and his sister Brianna, 9, strike a pose outside their Syracuse home.

Freddy Powers, 8, and his sister Brianna, 9, strike a pose outside their Syracuse home. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— It’s the classic New York vs. Boston sports hatred. In Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Red Sox have the most heated rivalry in the game. On a smaller, yet just as poignant scale, is the Celtics and Knicks.

But in pro football, there is not much of a traditional rivalry between New Englanders and Big Appleans. In 2007, a huge step toward the National Football League getting its own version of the craziness happened when the New York Giants pulled a monumental upset by defeating and deflating the New England Patriots and ending their undefeated dream campaign.

This Sunday the Patriots will try and exact revenge on the team that did the unthinkable in Super Bowl 42.

Locally, there are a lot of Giants and Patriots fans, young and old. There’s one household in particular that will be jumping during the big game. Catrina Powers is the mother of 8-year-old Freddy and his 9-year-old sister Brianna. Both are your typical preteens, focused on school, homework and being with their family.

However, Catrina may have her hands full during the Super Bowl. Freddy is an enthusiastic Patriots fan who loves to wear the jersey of former Patriot running back Laurence Maroney. Brianna, not to be outdone, is usually an Indianapolis Colts supporter, but says she has a little crush on the Mannings, so she’s all for Eli and the Giants.

Mom had better watch out on Sunday.

“They tend to go at it a lot both watching football and doing anything else,” Catrina said. “They like to argue about everything.”

Brianna isn’t much for words, except when the topic of Eli Manning comes up.

“He’s cute,” she said. “The Giants are going to win.”

Taking those words as the opportunity to start an argument, Freddy immediately pipes up.

“No way. The Patriots are going to kick some butt,” he said, tauntingly. “There is no way the Giants are going to do it.”

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