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By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Tom Coughlin is looking forward to the
parade and a couple weeks off to reflect on the Giants’ second
championship in five seasons. Then he will begin preparations for
defending the title.

The 65-year-old coach sees no reason to retire now.

“I mean, it’s what I do,” Coughlin said Monday morning, hours
after New York beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in the Super
Bowl. “So the alternative I’ve never really given it a whole lot
of consideration. (Just coach) as long as I can.”

Coughlin could be around for a while following his second title
as a head coach. He signed a contract extension in July that runs
through next season, but it looks as the Giants could revisit that
deal following the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl win.

It’s obvious he still wants to coach.

“I don’t fish, I don’t golf,” he said. “My wife keeps telling
me, `You better have something to do, buddy boy. If you think
you’re going to hang around here, you’re crazy.”’

Giants chief executive John Mara said it’s safe to say the team
wants Coughlin to return.

“He might be 65, but he’s got the energy of somebody quite
younger than that,” he said.

The Giants packed up early Monday morning and boarded busses
around 11 a.m. for a trip to the airport and the flight back to New
Jersey. The big parade up the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan
is scheduled for Tuesday.

“If you’re any kind of historian, and you do have any
recollection of this parade, the `Parade of Champions’ if you will,
the `Canyon of Heroes’ – I remember John Mara looking at me and
saying, `You don’t want to miss this now,” Coughlin said of a
conversion with Mara in 2008 after their first title win over the
Patriots.

“It’s the same thing I would convey to all of our players, you
don’t want to miss this,” Coughlin added. “Heartwarming doesn’t
quite cover this, what you go through and what your feelings are.
When you are looking down the side streets, and there’s people
forever down those side streets, and they’re all there because they
are taking ownership of their team.”

Before he skipped town with the rest of the team, quarterback
Eli Manning got the keys to the car he won for his second Super
Bowl MVP award.

Manning, who led a game-winning 88-yard drive that culminated in
Ahmad Bradshaw’s uncontested touchdown run with 57 seconds to play,
spent the evening with family and friends. Like most Giants, he had
little sleep.

Coughlin quipped he had 15 minutes of rest.

Manning said his brother, Peyton, congratulated him on his
performance and the title. They also talked football, with Peyton
asking Eli if he saw the middle linebacker on his touchdown pass to
Victor Cruz.

Eli said no.

Peyton, whose future with the Colts was a hot topic in
Indianapolis during Super Bowl week, also defended his little
brother, Eli said, referring to the 38-yard pass to Mario
Manningham on the final Giants drive.

Manningham made a terrific catch between two defenders and
managed to get his feet down in one of the game’s biggest plays.

Many associated the importance of the catch with the one David
Tyree made against his helmet in New York’s winning drive four
years ago.

It wasn’t as good, but it helped just as much.

“He (Peyton) talked about the throw to Manningham,” Eli said.
“He was mad, he said everybody was talking about how great of a
catch it was. He said it was a pretty good throw, also. It’s a
brother looking out for me. He was proud of me and happy for me.”

Eli Manning didn’t want to hear anything about bragging rights
over his brother with two championships.

“This isn’t about bragging rights,” Eli said. “This is a lot
bigger. This is about a team, an organization being named world
champions, and that was the ultimate goal. That’s the only thing
that’s important, is the team finding a way to get a victory.
That’s the only thing I care about and Peyton and I both know
that’s what the goal is every year. It’s not about anything else.”

Mara said everyone in the organization enjoyed themselves after
the game.

“One thing that struck me just watching our guys all week was
they have great camaraderie,” Mara said. “Everybody got along
really well, and just great spirit. Really unlike any other team
that I’ve been around. It really was a special group.”

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