LIers in Indianapolis ready for Super Bowl

New York Giants fans Jennifer Cowell, Lauren Cowell,

New York Giants fans Jennifer Cowell, Lauren Cowell, and Michelle Cresante, all of Massapequa, show their team spirit in the NFL Experience pavilion at Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis. (Feb. 4, 2012) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jennifer Cowell and five friends from Massapequa paraded through Super Bowl Village Saturday, three of them sporting ritual Giants home-game get-up: red-and-blue tutus, face tattoos, sequins and Mardi Gras beads.

It's a promenade they plan to repeat Sunday. And while Cowell, 34, believes her beloved Giants and the New England Patriots are evenly matched, she predicted a Big Blue victory.

If not? "I'm going to cry," she said.

They were among bands of Long Islanders, 800 miles from home on this cold, rainy Saturday, brimming with confidence and advice and ready to cheer on the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. Some even voiced concern about overconfidence -- by the team and its fans.

"I'm so confident, I'm nervous," confided former Great Neck resident Mark Friedmann, who journeyed from Manhattan with his son Evan.

Taking the village of NFL merchandise by storm was a contingent of Plainview families, traveling together: David Khazzam and his son Brendan; Sean Novis and his son Alex; Mitch Pearlstein and his sons Jason and Hunter; Scott Russ and his sons Justin and Josh; and Jeff Sender and his son Brad.

Jeff Sender, speaking for the group, said it's Giants all the way, but added a qualifier about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: "Giants defense will be key to the game," he said. "They have to keep Brady on his heels and maybe knock him down a few times."

Rocco Longo, of Massapequa, while certain the Giants will take the day, has concerns about the team's attitude. "I'm not happy the Giants are chirping so much," said the retired lawyer, attending his first Super Bowl. "That's a team that gets kicked in the tush."

Longo's friend, Jim Slattery, of Manhattan, waxed philosophical. "For us it's a great ride," he said. "This is all New York gravy."

Stephen Meyer and his dad, Lou, from Park Ridge, N.J., who said they are neighbors of Giants coach Tom Coughlin, believe the Giants will benefit from a "home-team" advantage. Colts fans, notorious Patriots-haters, have a soft spot for Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the younger brother of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

"Everyone in Colts gear is giving us the thumbs-up," Stephen Meyer said. "It feels like a home game."

Don Kratzenberg, of Utica, is predicting a 10-point Giants win, just to stick it in the face of oddsmakers favoring the Patriots.

"We're being disrespected by being made the underdogs," he said, adding that he will wear his lucky T-shirt and blue Giants construction helmet Sunday to seal the win. He wasn't concerned about overconfidence.

"I know I'm right," he said. "You gotta think positive."

But Jeff Feldman, a 50-year Giants fan who told his wife on their first date that the team was her only competition, said he had to give the Patriots better odds.

"I just don't see us beating Brady twice in one season, and twice in two Super Bowls," said Feldman, who came from Westchester with his son Andrew. "The karma is with the Patriots. We hope we're wrong."

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