SI: So are the
Giants going to show up for the first half one of these days?
Mara: I can't
believe you went there on the first question. We had a rough game against
Seattle, but then we had a bye [last week]. So we're resting--and then it's
going to be awesome. Watch out.
SI: If the Giants
are playing the Steelers, who do you root for?
Mara: You have to
realize who you are asking this of. If I actually said I was rooting for the
Giants, there would be hell to pay. So I root for both offenses. Or I root for
whoever has a better chance to make the Super Bowl.
SI: What was a
typical Sunday like for you growing up?
Mara: We'd go to
church and pray that we'd win and that whoever was injured would get well soon.
Then we would drive to Giants Stadium. We usually get there three hours early.
We hang out in the [owner's] box beforehand. It's sort of our own tailgate
thing, but not quite as rowdy as the people outside.
SI: As someone who
grew up in a football family, do you feel a connection with the story behind We
Are Marshall--the 1970 plane crash that killed 45 players and staff members
from the school's football team?
Mara: I'm not even
going to pretend to understand what it feels like to go through something like
that. But I do understand the importance of football in a town or in a family.
I can relate to that and to the way football brings people together. I wanted
other people who don't necessarily have it in their lives to feel it.
SI: How do you
watch a game?
Mara: If we're
obviously going to win, then I'm O.K. and I'll interact with friends or family.
But I usually bite my nails off and drink 10 bottles of water. There's nothing
worse than people who want to make you feel better when you are losing. I just
want to smack them.