Fans in Indianapolis throw support behind other Manning

Giants quarterback Eli Manning (left) celebrates with Aaron Ross following New York's four-point victory.

INDIANAPOLIS — Eli Manning jerseys were all over the place at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Peyton Manning’s little brother has been popular all week in Peyton's town, and Colts fans seemed to be rooting more for Eli's Giants than Tom Brady’s New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

While Eli jerseys were prominent, it didn't take much walking around to find Colts blue Peyton Manning jerseys. Those wearing them were Giants fans for a day.

“I'm pulling for Eli,” Colts fan Harry Dimitriaois said. “And it has something to do with Peyton.”

Dave Demlow, a Colts season ticket holder, also wearing a blue No. 18 jersey, didn’t want to see the Patriots celebrate on Indy's home field. The Colts and Patriots have had one of the NFL's most intense rivalries for the past decade.

“We love Eli, we love the Giants,” Demlow said. “Anybody but the Patriots.”

 

NEW JERSEY 2014: It’s still two years away, but there should be optimism that a cold-weather Super Bowl in northern New Jersey in 2014 won't be a frigid one – at least based on the past two years.

Once again, the weather at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday was perfect for a Super Bowl: sunny, with temperatures around 40 degrees and almost no wind.

The weather was even better last year. It was sunny, with a high of 46 and winds out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph – and that happened during one of the worst winters in the New York metropolitan area.

As for Sunday’s game between the Giants and Patriots, it was a pleasant, sunny day with temperatures in the mid 40’s in Indianapolis. Then again, Lucas Oil Stadium has a roof and MetLife Stadium doesn't.

League owners voted in May 2010 to play the title game in the $1.6 billion stadium co-owned by the Jets and Giants, deciding to play the first outdoor title game at a northern site.

 

DISNEY OR ARUBA? The Super Bowl MVP usually walks away with a shiny new ring and a trip to Disney World.

The Patriots might have their day in the sun, too.

The Aruba Tourism Authority has said it wanted the team that lost Sunday’s game to visit the island nation and is offering an all-expenses-paid trip to lure them.

There’s no word on whether either team will accept the offer, but it's unlikely any players will be shouting “We're going to Aruba.”

 

NO PEYTON PIC: The space on the north end outside of Lucas Oil Stadium which normally has a large photo of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning instead has a Patriots logo.

Just to the left of that spot: a photo of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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