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Queens, NY – Given that they share the New York NFL market and only meet during the regular season once every four years, there is always excitement when the Giants and Jets face each other as they will this Sunday irrespective of their won-loss records.

Neither team can be classified as an NFL powerhouse, but as was the case when these teams last met on Christmas Eve 2011, this contest has possible playoff implications for both squads.

The Giants have been disappointing but even with a 5-6 record they still have to be considered favorites to win the pathetically weak NFC East. The Jets at 6-5 have, as per custom, no shot at dethroning the perennial AFC East champs, the New England Patriots, but like countless other teams, they have wild card aspirations.

As long as Tom Coughlin has been coaching the Giants, Big Blue has had the upper hand against Gang Green in these games. When the Super Bowl-bound Giants manhandled the Jets four years ago, it not only ended the Jets playoff hopes that year but in retrospect it precipitated a decline that would culminate with Rex Ryan being dismissed as the Jets head coach at the end of last season.

Following the 38-20 whipping of the Miami Dolphins last Sunday I asked Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick about the hoopla that will come with his team playing the other NFL tenants of MetLife Stadium and if it would be comparable to his college days when his Harvard Crimson played the Yale Bulldogs.

Fitzpatrick agreed that the analogy was appropriate and appeared happy to reminisce about his days in Cambridge, Mass. “I’m not sure how much you want to hear about Harvard , but yes, the Yale game was different. It wasn’t only because of the rivalry with Yale but because it was the last game of the season and it would be the last football game most of the seniors would ever play.”

The Jets paid tribute to their Queens heritage on Sunday when two of the team’s best running backs in its history, Matt Snell and Emerson Boozer who wreaked havoc at against opposing defenses at Shea Stadium in the late 1960s and early 1970s, were inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. Snell, who has had a running feud with the Jets ever since his retirement in 1972 for reasons that have never been made public, was a no-show.

The Jets and Giants won’t be the only rivals going at it. This Friday night our local NBA teams, the Knicks and the Nets, will meet for the first time this season at Madison Square Garden.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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