The New York Giants have come marching home with the Super Bowl trophy again. And for the second time, they won't be attending a victory party in New York.
This year, though, it's by choice.On Tuesday, the Giants declined invitations to celebrate their Super Bowl victory with the mayor of New York City and the governor of New Jersey, saying it wouldn't be right with the war going on in the Persian Gulf.
Both New York City Mayor David Dinkins and New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio had invited the Giants to celebrate Sunday's 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills with fans on either side of the Hudson River.
"We're turning down all deals," Giants spokesman Ed Croke said. "It would be inappropriate to show celebration."
That wasn't how it went after the Giants won the Super Bowl in 1987. Ed Koch, New York's mayor at the time, initially refused to hold a victory celebration for the players, saying the Giants were a "foreign team" because they had moved to East Rutherford, N.J.
By the time Koch changed his mind, a celebration was scheduled for Giants Stadium.
But this year, Dinkins set the ball rolling immediately. Workers were setting up stands for the victory ceremony outside City Hall when the rejection came in, said a mayor's spokesman, John Beckman. Dinkins was to present the keys to the city to coach Bill Parcells and co-owners Wellington and Tim Mara on Wednesday.
But Dinkins said he understood the last-minute change in plans.
"I understand and respect this gesture and share their desire to support the young men and women fighting in the Persian Gulf," he said.
Dinkins added he was "disappointed that the people of New York and I will not be able to demonstrate how proud we are of our Giants." He congratulated the Giants on their win and said he joined them "in wishing for the safe and swift return of our troops."
In the Giants' adopted state, the response was the same.
Florio joined about 500 fans at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford Monday night to welcome the team home and invite the players to the State House. Florio wanted the Giants to come to Trenton so he could publicly thank the team on behalf of New Jersey fans.
Wellington Mara did not immediately accept the invitation, and on Tuesday he issued a statement turning it down.