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Sunday, October 27, 2013
98 Days: Can we all get along?

By Jane McManus

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From left: Roger Goodell, Giants execs Steve Tisch and John Mara, Jets owner Woody Johnson, ex-Giant David Tyree, ex-Jets Emerson Boozer and Curtis Martin and Super Bowl committee CEO Al Kelly at an event last month in Manhattan.
Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 98 days to the Super Bowl.

This New York/New Jersey Super Bowl is all about cooperation. Between the two states, but also between the two teams that share MetLife Stadium. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch are the co-chairs behind host committee CEO Al Kelly, who said the two really do get along.

“I have to tell you the level of cooperation between the Jets and Giants and the three families [including Tisch's cohorts the Maras] has been spectacular,” Kelly said. “They nothing but help make my job easier and I haven’t had a single situation where there’s been any issue or disagreement and they’ve been supportive and very, very easy to work with.”

Not a single situation with a disagreement? Perhaps that strains credulity just a tad, but the two appear friendly enough. Despite several public appearances this week, I didn’t once see Johnson lord the Jets' record over Tisch and his struggling Giants.

“Woody and John were both born in New Jersey and they live in New York,” Kelly said. “They’re extremely proud of this area. They’re both big, big cheerleaders for the area, for tourism in the area, for business in the area. I think they realize what a great platform the Super Bowl is for so many things: for economic benefit, for good, for tourism, and for legacy efforts.”

Sounds good -- from 98 days out, anyway.