Eli Manning, Tom Brady
Four years after one of the greatest sports upsets ever, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will face off at the Super Bowl again on Sunday (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on NBC). How will Eli Manning and Tom Brady match up four years later? We can break down their passing yards, rushing yards, touchdowns and interceptions all we want, but we believe the most telling stat comes from... their favorite TV shows. So what do their small-screen choices say about them? Let's analyze:
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Favorite show: Seinfeld
Manning revealed Tuesday that he also likes Modern Family, but Seinfeld remains his all-time favorite. In 2008, a Fox affiliate in Green Bay told Manning "No Seinfeld for you!" when it notoriously yanked its scheduled rerun of Seinfeld the Saturday night before the Giants' NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. Alas, the plan was foiled after Sony got wind of its nefarious scheme and subsequently sent Manning Seinfeld: The Complete Series DVD collection and a DVD player so he could watch Jerry and the gang all night long. Among Manning's favorite episodes: "The Bizarro Jerry," which also featured Jillian (Kristin Bauer), aka the woman with "man hands." We're gonna go out on a limb and say Manning, coming from a sports clan, thoroughly appreciates all the sports moments in Seinfeld too.
What it says about him: He's a simple man, not surprising since he hails from the South. For all its success, Seinfeld was the show about nothing after all. While Manning does have more than most of us ever will, he is un-flashy like the hit sitcom, stays out of tabloids, and is almost average Joe-esque in his work ethic that results in grind-out victories — so much so that, like a lot of us mere earthlings, he believes that he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. Perhaps his boy-next-door appeal and work ethic are also why, in a survey, 54 percent of married women say they'd rather have an affair with him than the seemingly untouchable Brady. Or maybe it means women know they would never measure up to Gisele Bundchen?
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Favorite show: Dexter
We're not the first and won't be the last to point out that Brady looks a lot like Dex himself, Michael C. Hall. Hmm. Do with that what you will. Brady is also fond of Entourage, but that may just be because he made a cameo on it. As far as we can tell, no rival team's home station has tried to prevent him from watching either series.
What it says about him: He's a killer — a lady-killer! Before landing Bundchen, Brady dated Bridget Moynahan for two years. Shortly after they split, the three-time Super Bowl champ cozied up to Bundchen and Moynahan announced she was pregnant with his kid. Doesn't get any more Hollywood than that! (Let's not get started on his new $20 million pad, complete with eight bedrooms, a bridge and a butler's room.) Like Dex, Brady is ruthless and clinical in his kills wins and is the star of the show — a stark contrast to the ensemble and team-player natures of Seinfeld and Manning. Unfortunately, Dexter is not exactly getting better with age (cough, Season 6, cough) and Brady, who missed the 2008 season because of injury, has been more off his game than ever before. Coincidence? We think not. Still, the drama stays alive after a two-year renewal, and Brady & Co. survived the Baltimore Ravens to make it to the big game.
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