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Eli's Super Monday: Disney, then Dave

Eli Manning and Justin Tuck are surrounded by

Eli Manning and Justin Tuck are surrounded by cameras as they celebrate after their victory in Super Bowl XLVI. (Feb. 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Manning had a busier day-after following his second Super Bowl MVP performance than his first, but it presumably was more enjoyable.

Four years ago, weather delays caused him to spend several hours on the tarmac in Phoenix waiting to take off for a visit to Disneyland that eventually had to be called off. And his appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman'' was postponed from Monday to Wednesday.

Things went more smoothly Monday. Manning left Indianapolis in a private plane after a morning news conference, and by early afternoon, he was riding with Mickey Mouse in a Disney World parade. He then left Florida for New York and taped Letterman's show in the early evening.

Manning was greeted by a standing ovation, with Paul Shaffer and his band playing, "We Are the Champions.''

Letterman, who grew up in Indy, good-naturedly grilled Manning on various topics, including the status of his brother Peyton and Ahmad Bradshaw's unusual touchdown. ("It looked like an old party gag, like somebody had pulled the chair out from under him. 'Hey, why don't you have a seat?' Ka-boom!")

Manning joked that he had been practicing for the interview, with Peyton playing Letterman. Later, when Letterman said it seemed as if Eli had "gotten younger since I last saw you,'' Manning replied, "I have. I'm getting younger. I started to shave, you know, this past year, so that really helped."

Letterman asked Manning about the "elite QB" preseason interview. "I think I got set up a little bit,'' Manning said. "It's like someone asking you, 'Are you an elite talk show host?' What would you say?"

Said Letterman: "I'm high minors, my friend.''

Giants at Garden. Six Giants attended Monday night's Knicks-Jazz game, and during a timeout, they stood at center court to a long and loud standing ovation. Hakeem Nicks, Mathias Kiwanuka, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Bear Pascoe and Mark Herzlich were given a hero's welcome from the Garden crowd. With Al Iannazzone

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