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Food fight: Keeping Giants lean

Peyton Manning of the Colts and brother Eli

Peyton Manning of the Colts and brother Eli of the Giants exchange words after the Colts' 38-14 win in Indianapolis. (Sept. 19, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Tickets to the Super Bowl will be hotter than . . . a fried pork tenderloin?

This setting for SB XLVI is Indianapolis, where the XL doubles as extra-large.

Each year, I have a pretty good idea about the partying that comes before and after the big game. After all, they've been in Texas, Florida, California, Louisiana, Michigan, Georgia.

You know you're going to get a good meal in L.A. or Miami and a great one in New Orleans. But Indianapolis might have you reaching for Orvil Redenbacher popcorn.

When the Colts knocked off the Bears in 2007, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels still sent the currently convicted ex-governor of Illinois a gift package of Indiana fare. As is usual, the executives had made a bet about the outcome.

Rod Blagojevich's take included bottled water, peanut brittle, pretzels, pickles, caramel and popcorn. If the Bears had won, I think Daniels would have done better.

So, the fortunate Giants fans who'll be in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 to confront the New England Patriots will have their fill. And, yes, the ever-present fried pork tenderloin is a likely dish. Maybe a persimmon pudding, perhaps a sugar cream pie.

At least there's always a steak.

But, coming from New York, the lucky visitors already know a little about where to find a great one.

Maybe Peyton will show Eli around town.

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