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Don't you forget about Eli Manning
BY LARRY McSHANE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER



He's the New York quarterback with the shiny new Super Bowl ring, the chiseled good looks and the big right arm - the one who beat Brett Favre in January's "Ice Bowl II."

A moussed-up Eli Manning is the cover boy in the September issue of Men's Vogue, offering a glimpse at his oft-hidden sense of humor and his game day menu: Spaghetti, Oreos and Gatorade.

The typically reticent Manning, 27, is known to teammates as a prankster. One of his favorites: parking alongside a lineman's car with just inches to spare, forcing his 300-plus pound protector to climb behind the wheel via the passenger's side.

His new wife, Abby, has a cheeky side, too. During the interview, she pretended to spy on the couple's upscale Hoboken neighbors with their telescope.

Manning says he's made peace with the demanding New York fans - although sometimes it's a separate peace.

"After a bad game, I don't hit the streets too much," Manning confessed. He generally turns off the local sports reports when talk turns to the Giants.

"It's just the way New York is," he said. "You can play great for six games in a row and have a bad game, and they'll make it seem like it's the end of the world."

Manning tells the magazine that in a practice two days before the Super Bowl, receiver David Tyree suffered a bad case of the dropsies. The pair then teamed up for the greatest play in Super Bowl history. "It was one of the all-time worst practices I've ever seen," Manning recalled. "He must have dropped six or eight balls. But after practice I said, 'Hey, just wipe this day away.'"

The newlywed says a good night out with Abby is "a good meal, a good bottle of wine - that's kind of enough for me."



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