At a press conference this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent some time discussing the Giants’ Super Bowl victory last Sunday. Mayor Bloomberg started things off by saying he tried to invite his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, to the victory parade, but “Rudy was traveling.”
“I don’t know that he was ever a big football fan. Rudy is a very big baseball–a very big Yankees, not baseball fan,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
He went on to reveal he used to feel self conscious because Mayor Giuliani reigned during the World Series between the Yankees and Mets in 2000.
“Deep down inside, I’ve always felt a little bit inferior because he delivered a Subway Series and I have not, but I have delivered, and I have a lot to do with this, two Super Bowl champions.”
Mayor Bloomberg went on to explain why he was instrumental in the Giants’ championship.
“What did I do? I clearly got good weather for yesterday,” he said, adding he hoped Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch were pleased with the sunshine during the victory parade.
However, Mayor Bloomberg said his most important contribution to the Giants was not trying to take quarterback Eli Manning’s job this year or during the team’s championship run in 2008.
“The most important thing is I didn’t call either of them and try to get myself the quarterback’s job four years ago or now, so you know, I let Eli do it,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
All jokes aside, Mayor Bloomberg said the city helped make the parade possible with smart planning.
“The reason that we were so able quickly on two days notice to produce the event … we saved the plans from last time, from four years ago. We had lots of notes on things that we could have done better, we used all of those,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “We took a look earlier, you know, a month ago when it looked like they might have a chance, no matter how remote–at that time nobody thought they would be winning the Super Bowl, to look to see what things required long lead times.”
Mayor Bloomberg, who attended the Super Bowl in Indianapolis, also praised Giants fans for not beating the crap out of supporters of the rival New England Patriots and for behaving themselves at yesterday’s parade.
“I thought New York fans conducted themselves in an exemplary manner. I watched in Indianapolis, it looked to be an overwhelmingly pro-Giant crowd compared to the Patriot crowd, but I heard of no problems, people getting into fights,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “And then, yesterday you saw, I think, how people came together and it was nothing but smiles on their faces.”
Mayor Bloomberg made a Super Bowl bet with Boston Mayor Tom Menino that will send a family from New York on a free trip to Beantown. One reporter at the presser asked the mayor whether he really thinks “people are going to want to visit Boston.”
“Keep in mind, I come from Boston, it’s a wonderful town,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “It gets better all the time and I think that whoever goes up there will have a good time.”
Though he refrained from mocking Boston, Mayor Bloomberg couldn’t resist gloating about the Giants performance.
“If they want a rematch, the Giants are going to be in the Super Bowl next year,” he said. “It’s up to the Patriots, if they want to come, we’ll see what happens.”