Back from San Fran, Giants Fans Plot Super Bowl Trip

Travelogue on local brothers continues as they seek sponsors to go to the big game.

Fresh off a red-eye flight from San Francisco, where they cheered the Giants on to victory over the 49ers in the N.F.C. Championship game Sunday, Rich and Mike Maglione were back home in Long Beach Monday looking to score tickets to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

So, once again, the brothers called into the Boomer & Carton radio show. And former NFL quarterback and East Islip native Boomer Esiason, who hosts the popular morning show with Craig Carton on WFAN 660AM, gave the brothers, now regular callers and visitors to the show, some hope.

“Alright, listen, I’m going to try to help you guys out,” Esiason told the brothers Monday. “I know you guys are New Yorkers, so listen to what I say: I’m going to try to help you out … And I know my buddy, Lee, is listening to me right now and going ‘Oh, my God!’ Lee, get it done. Let’s see if we can get the boys into the stadium.”

“You’re the man, Boom,” Mike said over the phone.

After the Magliones travelled with their two friends completely on their own dime to Green Bay and watched Big Blue defeat the Packers in a divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field two Sundays ago, they searched for someone to help sponsor their trip to San Francisco. They paid a couple of visits to the WFAN studios in Manhattan last week to see if the radio station might offer them an all-expenses-paid trip, just as it sends other listeners who win contests on their shows to the big game. But no such offer was forthcoming.

Instead, they found sponsors, Minnesota’s restaurant-bar in Long Beach and Undertone, an online advertising agency where Rich works, who gave them a collective $3,500 to travel to San Francisco with their friend Jonathan Kadoch. The trade off is that the trio would promote their businesses while on the Boomer & Carton show, which they did when they stopped by last Friday.

“Definitely, San Francisco was the most nerve-racking sporting event I've ever been a part of,” Rich said about sitting in the upper level at Candlestick Park yesterday. “The place was shaking; it was so loud. San Francisco fans love their 49ers and were definitely louder than Green Bay. The energy was insane.”

Now they want to experience the energy of a Super Bowl game. At least today, with less than two weeks before the game and knowing Esiason's offer is not a guarantee, the Magliones believe they have a 50/50 chance to cheer wildly in Lucas Oil Stadium where the Giants will line up against the New England Patriots, a rematch of Super Bowl XLII four years ago.

“Tickets are real expensive,” Rich said, “but we will try to get sponsored again, especially since we can get even more exposure for our sponsors being at the biggest media event of the year.”

Brendan January 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Except for the fact that $4500 ($3500 from the online agency and $1000 from Minnesotas) will build you about...oh...I don't know...about 1/100000 of a boardwalk. But come on Lucy, keep rah-rah-ing your head off and posting things that cause you to appear to be an EDP, I know you can do it!
Margaret January 26, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Brendan, What Lucy's son did or did not do has nothing to do with this conversation-- she commented to NOT generalize people by and entire area of our town- kids will make decisions sometimes against what good parenting has taught them (and sometimes their decisions are related to poor parenting too) and i am by NO MEANS condoning drinking and driving AT ALL but what Lucy's son does at 23 years old is out of her control and to use it against her I find rather disturbing. Her and I may find each other on opposite sides of the political battles, but let's not let differing opinions cloud our comments here. Let's try to stick to whats going on and not throw things in people's faces.
Brendan January 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Margaret, I am not "using it against her", I'm asking a question. People can take from that situation what they will. What I'm taking from it is that I'm a little sick of her insane rantings concerning "pulling together" and "being part of the solution" rantings and ravings and this just adds a little piece of the puzzle for me. That's all.
Lucy Centeno January 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I have been here for 48 years. I know how this town was and I know how it is. I want MY Long Beach back. The commorodery(?) and the family feeling, the kid friendly and social mecca of the south shore. When I was a kid, EVERYONE pulled together in the neighborhood to watch ALL the kids, things were here FOR the kids, and people ACTUALLY said hello in passing. Now, you are judged by how you pay your rent, what part of town you are from and whose side you are on. Well, I believe that if WE live here in this community, WE should do what we can to make it better. I am sorry if you are upset that my son did something wrong. He must deal with the consequences, NOT ME. And yes, I want my town to be a diamond in the rough, I have seen our residents come out for lots of things, this can be one of them. You have my name, if you would like to say something to me, I'll be at the NEXT council meeting, find me. I don't hide and don't dodge and what I say on here, I can say to your face with NO problem. Can you do the same? No more on this subject thank you very much.
LINY70 January 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Brendan your the one who sounds like an EDP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you live in a Long Beach glass house??? Who argues on a website?? Be a man not a COWARD - stop hiding behind a keyboard. GO GIANTS!!!


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