Super Bowl Rivalry Comes Down to Chowder


I don't know why I didn't think of this — possibly because I wasn't sure which teams were playing in the Super Bowl until yesterday — but The New York Daily News has condensed the Giants vs. Patriots clash into a matter of clam chowder preference. As a person who prefers soup to sports, this is something I can get behind. And who hasn't debated the relative merits of New England clam chowder and Manhattan clam chowder?

The article offers a bit of a cop-out, along with a recipe I am far too lazy to make when there are cans of Progresso in the cupboard. Seriously, though, you can't tell me one chowder isn't better than the other, NY Daily News.

Unlike the sports teams, the tomato-based Manhattan chowder, accompanied by bacon like the one from John Dory Oyster Bar, or cream-based New England, like the one from the guys behind Littleneck Clams in Gowanus, can be equally enjoyed by even the most veteran of New Yorkers.

Yeah, yeah. Take a stand. I'll go ahead and tell you, I prefer New England clam chowder. I fattened myself up on the stuff as a kid, and I still prefer "cream-based" to "tomato-based." This has no reflection on my Giants vs. Patriots opinion, which is non-existent.

But now I pose the question to you: New England clam chowder or Manhattan clam chowder? And can you Giants fans even allow for the possibility that the opposing team's locale produces better soup? Please note that anyone making the obvious "Soup-er Bowl" pun is automatically disqualified from weighing in.

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