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Giants fans bring their magic to Super Bowl

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New York Giants' Victor Cruz takes part in drills during practice. (Feb. 1, 2012) Credit: AP

INDIANAPOLIS -- Chris Hoey of Centerport wears his Giants hat backward, reversing it only if the team is in trouble.

Mitch Cohen of Coney Island has his own lucky charm: a snug, 30-year-old blue and red silk Giants jacket.

"If I wear this to a road game, they win," he said. "I've had so many people offer to buy it."

As Long Island and metro area fans arrive for Sunday's showdown with the Patriots, they're bringing their superstitions with them -- from special clothing and talismans to time-tested rituals.

Hoey said one of his superstitions calls for not predicting how a game will turn out, but he quickly violated that rule. Asked how the Super Bowl will turn out, he offered up a score: 27-17, Giants.

Hoey shrugged that miscue off, saying that if the team gets into a jam, he'll merely turn his cap around "until things start going right."

The Cioffe family of Wayne, N.J., has a ritual of alternating jerseys and other garb that they explained with some effort.

Dad, Tom Cioffe, noted with consternation, however, that the family will not be able to park in their lucky parking space, 12G, because this is not the Meadowlands.

Richard Kessel of Merrick dons a lucky Giants golf shirt and fasts the entire game.

Kessel, former Long Island and New York Power Authority chief, said it's not just the shirt and hunger pains that assure a win.

"I rock back and forth," he said on the streets here Friday, joined by his wife, Diane.

One loyal Giants fan who said he took a paid tour of the stadium this week confided that he worked a little Giants "mojo" when he passed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's locker.

"I gave it the jinx," said Bruno Demarco of North Bergen, N.J., proffering a hand gesture.

Other fans are turning to religion to ensure victory.

Richard Ross of Staten Island vowed to attend Sunday services in the heart of the Super Bowl Village at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

"I'm not an avid churchgoer," he said, "but I think the church can pull it off."

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