N.Y. state of despair
Giant fans find little to celebrate this Super Bowl
Updated: Monday January 29, 2001 3:35 AM
MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) -- Bartender Artie Coffey was in such despair by the fourth quarter Sunday night that he stopped filling drink orders.
Coffey, who has worked at Manny's Sports Bar and Restaurant for 35 years, stopped when it became clear the Baltimore Ravens would win the Super Bowl.
"How can you party if you're losing?" he asked.
Most libraries are louder than Manny's was by that time.
About two miles from Giants Stadium, Manny's is ground-zero for Giants fans.
Along with more than 200 fans, Manny's saw a half-dozen radio and television stations doing live remotes.
That's because the place was packed with serious fans who cheered first downs louder than the best commercials -- when there was still hope, anyway.
When it first appeared that the Giants had scored in the first half, the roar sounded like a jet landing nearby. When a flag was thrown and it was called back, the bar went silent.
"It's just getting a little depressing right now," said Kate Wiggins, 21, of West Orange. "It shouldn't be 10-0 at the end of the second quarter."
Steven Scott, 31, of Moonachie, was confident after the game that the Giants would have another chance.
"I guarantee they'll be back in the Super Bowl next year," he said.
Mike Liedke, 26, came all the way from Allentown, Pa., to watch his favorite team.
"I don't know how I'm going to be able to sleep tonight, to be honest," he said.