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    GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

    GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

    "The history of a thirty-eight year-old Tim Mara purchasing a New York football
    team for five-hundred dollars (some debate it was two-thousand five hundred) in
    October of 1925 is well-known to the educated Giants fan. So is the fact that a
    thirteen year-old Wellington Mara (along with brother, Jack) was given
    ownership four years later in 1929.

    The history of the franchise and the Mara's is rich, but one person
    that deserves mention and recognition is the ever-present matriarch and
    protector: Ann (Mumm) Mara. Mrs. Mara remains a very visible fixture with her
    boys in blue.


    Many give the credit to Mara for having the Giants sideline on the
    sunny side, when in actuality that dates back to Tim Mara’s wife Elizabeth in
    1925 at the Polo Grounds—as recalled by Wellington himself:



    “We were sitting on the Giants side of the field, and it was chilly.
    My mother complained to my father that we were sitting in the shade. 'Why
    couldn’t we sit where we’d be nice and warm?’ So, the next game, and from then
    on, the Giants were in the sun.”


    Tradition is huge with Big Blue as is maintaining a certain level of
    continuity with the team as well as with the family; the Mara's never changed
    this line of thinking. There’s no way Mrs. Mara didn’t remind Wellington of this
    “sunny side” during the building and eventual opening of Giants Stadium in 1976
    and again to John Mara
    regarding the New Meadowlands Stadium/MetLife in 2010.


    Ann Mara’s
    very first time on the field wasn’t until 2001, believe it or not, and it was at
    home at Giants Stadium—after the 41-0 drubbing of the Minnesota Vikings en route
    to Super Bowl XXXV. From then on, she never looked back. She got a taste of
    that bonding and continued getting to know her “children”—eventually celebrating
    again with them.


    In 2008, after the New York Giants beat the Green Bay
    Packers in Lambeau in OT in the NFC Championship Game, Ann Mara
    let her fiery side show.



    "Let me tell you about Green
    Bay
    ," she said. "This is before we even got to the stadium on Lombardi Ave.,
    before it was Lombardi this and Lombardi that. This was at the hotel the night
    before [in Appleton, Wis.]. They even had a Lombardi Steakhouse, with a letter
    from my husband framed on the wall. All this Lombardi around you, no matter
    where you turned, and all I could think was, 'Vinny used to sleep on our
    couch!’… 1040 Park Ave. We didn't know at the time we had an immortal sleeping
    on the hideaway."


    Gotta love mama Mara! She doesn’t back down and she shows that she,
    too, has the heart of a Giant. She was even hyped up a week prior post-NFC
    Divisional win versus the Dallas Cowboys.



    "What do I know?" she said, before she goes to Arizona for Super Bowl
    Week. "I was happy enough after we beat the Cowboys. I thought that was our
    championship game…All those Sundays, all the way back to the Polo Grounds. Who
    could have known there could still be a few more like this?"


    A few more, indeed. The 2011 Giants season gave her more to
    celebrate—and more to show her loyal side over. This past January, Mrs. Mara got
    on the field after the NFC Championship win versus the San Francisco 49ers and
    poked at former NFL quarterback
    (now FOX broadcast analyst) Terry
    Bradshaw
    and shouted:



    “Hey! Excuse me!” she said during an interview with Giants wide
    receiver, Victor Cruz. “You never pick the Giants!” while waving her finger at
    him—forcing the HOF QB to apologize and recover: “I’m sorry,” Bradshaw said then
    (turning to the cameras), “I'm getting hammered for not picking the
    Giants.”


    Mrs. Wellington Mara is very much like her team and head coach
    Tom Coughlin has confessed such.



    “I know that in many ways, many times Mrs. Mara’s attitude is
    reflective of the way that we would hope our team plays. She has great energy
    and tremendous interest and she is so interested in the team playing well and
    doing well.”


    Much like the head coach, Ann Mara doesn’t let injury stop her either. She had a
    fall and she broke her right shoulder after receiving Communion at Mass hours
    after the Giants win in Candlestick Park.



    “…But other than this,” she said, looking at her right shoulder in a
    sling, “I’m fine now. I’m just sore, and black and blue.”


    That didn’t stop her from flying to Indianapolis and watching her New York
    Giants win and hoist another Lombardi Trophy. She was right there, too,
    hoisting away."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

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    "Let me tell you about Green
    Bay
    ," she said. "This is before we even got to the stadium on Lombardi Ave.,
    before it was Lombardi this and Lombardi that. This was at the hotel the night
    before [in Appleton, Wis.]. They even had a Lombardi Steakhouse, with a letter
    from my husband framed on the wall. All this Lombardi around you, no matter
    where you turned, and all I could think was, 'Vinny used to sleep on our
    couch!’… 1040 Park Ave. We didn't know at the time we had an immortal sleeping
    on the hideaway."

    [/quote]

    Love it!

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    "You win close games because you're prepared to do it. It doesn't just come down to luck." -- Bill Parcells

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    Re: GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

    Nice job of John Mara building the new stadium so the Giants are in the shade.
    http://boards.giants.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=25347&dateline=138526  4905

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    Re: GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

    I love TB, but Ann Mara calling him out on TV like that was absolutely hilarious.

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    Re: GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

    great post, loved her jamming TB on live TV.

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    Re: GIANTS' ANN MARA: LAST OF A DYING BREED

    [quote user="GOBIGBLUE52"]I love TB, but Ann Mara calling him out on TV like that was absolutely hilarious.
    [/quote]

    Bradshaw got as much of a kick out of it as the rest of us.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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