NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) - Vinny Smith knows all about divided football loyalties in central Connecticut.
"I spend a lot of time sleeping on the couch," he said Thursday as the couple sat eating chicken wings at Roma's Sports Bar in New Britain, which sits about two hours southwest of Gillette Stadium, and about two hours northeast of the Meadowlands.
"We will have a police officer here," he said, "in case somebody has a little too much to drink and gets out of hand."
New Britain is a blue-collar city of just over 70,000 people, and home to toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Mayor Tim O'Brien says residents take their football seriously.
The city has links to both organizations. The Giants, in fact, played one of their earliest games here in October 1925, winning 26-0 against a local professional team. New York also spent 1973 and 1974 at the Yale Bowl, a half hour down Interstate 91 in New Haven, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated and Giants Stadium was being built.
"I don't understand people rooting for New York," he said. "We live in New England, right? We don't have a pro sports team in Connecticut. The biggest sports team with have is UConn. But we live in New England."
The Smiths have simply agreed to disagree when it comes to football. Although, Maria Smith is giving her husband some incentive not to root quite as hard for New York next week.