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NEW YORK FANS REVEL IN NEWFOUND GLORY

Michael Liberti was finally going to get that other tattoo today.

His right shoulder blade already has "Giants" on it, along with "XXI" and "XXV." Now, he gets to add "XLII" in honor of his team's victory Sunday.

"Everybody's been busting me about when I was going to get that one," said Liberti, 41, of Lodi, N.J. "I always said: During my lifetime. ... This is the sweetest one."

The Giants name suggests they're from New York, but like so many ex-New Yorkers, their mailing address is in the New Jersey suburbs of East Rutherford.

Sunday night, Liberti and a couple of hundred other suburban die-hard fans at Manny's Restaurant & Lounge in Moonachie, N.J., erupted in cheers, yelps, foot-stomping, chants, finger-waving and hugs as their team - which surprised the football world by making the Super Bowl - won it. Won a thrilling defensive struggle over the previously unbeaten Patriots.

People in the New York region are aware that Boston-area teams have been on top of the sports world the past several years.

"This is revenge for 2004," said Ken Baum, referring to the American League Championship Series when the Red Sox came from behind to beat the Yankees.

And it was not lost on the Giants fans that their team was the underdog this time around.

"Sixteen-and-oh (in the regular season) doesn't mean anything unless you win everything," said Gary Corbett, 51, from Old Bridge. He then made another sage proclamation: "I need to get a beer. Want one?"

SPYGATE UPDATE:NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet early this week Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who wants to discuss the Spygate controversy that occurred as a result of the Patriots' taping the Jets' defensive signals. Goodell said he would be "more than happy to meet with the senator at the earliest possible moment." Specter is troubled that the NFL destroyed the tapes it confiscated from the Patriots. Goodell said he plans to further investigate whether there is a videotape of the Patriots recording the Rams' walk-through the day before Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. Goodell said he first heard of the possibility of such a tape five months ago and that the league investigated then.

SPAGNUOLO TO INTERVIEW: The Redskins, entering the final stage of their coaching search, tentatively plan to interview Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Tuesday, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is no longer in the running for the job, the Associated Press reported. Owner Dan Snyder hopes to have a replacement for Joe Gibbs in place by next weekend.

OUT OF ACTION:Troy Brown, the Patriots' career leader in receptions and a key member of their last three championships, was inactive. He missed most of his 15th season with a knee injury. Former Gator receiver Chad Jackson was among other New England inactives. Former Hurricane receiver Sinorice Moss was among Giants inactives.

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