Super Bowl Parallels on the Pitch

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Chelsea takes on Manchester United in a massive Barclays Premier League clash airing live on FOX before the Super Bowl (check your local listings; the national telecast begins at 10:30 a.m. ET).

It’s a game that United must win to keep pace with Manchester City atop the standings, but it's also a critical match for a sagging Chelsea side that is clinging to the final Champions League slot. And odd as it sounds, it’s a game with distinct parallels to the Super Bowl that follows.

Manchester United often are compared to the New York Yankees both for their marketing clout and for their global reach, but a better analogy might well be the New York Giants; a team that is intensely proud, rules its city, and has had a coach that has been forced to mellow as time ...

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