New Jersey is home to not one, but two NFL teams claiming to be from New York. And they don't just play here. The Jets and Giants practice facilities are also located in the Garden State. That sort of slight is typical: Anything great in Northern Jersey (pizza, profuse profanity, the Nets) is credited to – or stolen by – New York. Everything crummy ("Jersey Shore," gang violence, pollution) is assumed to be the organic product of fallow ground. Fortunately, the Super Bowl is giving New Jersey the chance to set the record straight.
Here's what the fans, reporters, and half-time performers smart enough to stay in the same state as MetLife Stadium should get up to if they really want to enjoy some local color.
Visit Tony Soprano's house.
After your plane touches down, get the lay of the land the 'Jersey Shore' bros only pretend to know with a drive-by 'Sopranos' tour. Start by motoring south over the Pulaski Skyway (singing 'Woke Up This Morning' is optional, but recommended), until you get to Rio Rodizio in Newark, which is the spot where Big Pussy sold out. Next, make for North Caldwell's Mountain Avenue, home to many of the show's exteriors, including Tony's, and then wrap it all up – just like HBO did – at Holsten's in Bloomfield. Now frustratingly fade to black.