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Thursday, September 6, 2012
No. 48: New York Giants

By Ian Gordon
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 81
Title track: 2 (tie)
Ownership: 10
Coaching: 8
Players: 23
Fan relations: 40
Affordability: 106
Stadium experience: 76
Bang for the buck: 43

Professional possum players, upset engineers, Patriot gamers. Whatever you want to call them, the Giants are Super Bowl champs once again, catapulting Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning into elite company and boosting the team's Ultimate Standings rankings across the board. See what winning can do? Of course, things weren't always so cheery around MetLife Stadium, where Giants ticket prices are behind only the Jets' and Patriots' and where, at $5.75 apiece, hot dogs cost about a dollar more than at the average NFL stadium. Then again, that's a pittance to most season-ticket holders, whom the Giants rewarded for their spendy ways with a Super Bowl XLVI DVD and an invite to a screening of NFL Films' "America's Game" premiere at the stadium. Best part yet? Not only was there on-field seating, but parking and admission were free. (Did we mention that the team jumped 41 spots in the fan relations category this year?)