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Leave Everything on the Field: The Snoopy Bowl

This Saturday, the New York Jets take on the New York Giants in the annual preseason matchup between the two teams. This event is also the greatest sporting event of the year. The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout? That’s for losers. The NBA Championship? Riley Curry was the best part. The Triple Crown? A bunch of try-hard weenies. No, when it comes to big-time events, it’s the Snoopy Bowl or bust. This Saturday isn’t just a game. It’s the battle for Gotham City, and it’s winner-takes-all.

Let’s rewind a bit.

It’s 1998, and Jason Sehorn is one of the best cornerbacks in the league. Giants head coach Jim Fassel decides to put his star cornerback at kick returner for the opening kickoff, and after a hit by Chris Hayes, tears his ACL and is out for the season.

It’s 2008, and the Giants are fresh off a Super Bowl victory. With Michael Strahan having just retired, the teams plans to use Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck to keep their defensive line alive. While trying an outside move against D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Umenyiora tears his lateral meniscus cartilage in his left knee and can’t return until the following year.

It’s 2010, and the first game at the brand-new MetLife Stadium. Fireman Ed fights an intoxicated Giants fan, Victor Cruz makes his debut with three touchdowns, and Calvin Pace cracks Eli Manning’s face open like it’s an egg.

It’s 2013, and Mark Sanchez is inserted in the line-up in the fourth quarter, amidst a quarterback battle with rookie Geno Smith. Sanchez rolls out of the pocket and completes a pass, before being slammed to the ground by Marvin Austin, which resulted in a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Sanchez would never throw a pass for the Jets again. That same game, Matt Simms would complete a 70-yard bomb to Ryan Spadola, igniting Simms-mania, once again proving that Jets fans will always love their backup quarterback more than the starter.

This year, who knows what will happen, because when it comes to the Snoopy Bowl, anything can happen. This is the game that both teams lay everything on the line, because at the end of their lives, this is what they will be remembered for. This is the game in which legacies are defined, and Pro Bowl nods are forged. This is the game in which the victors will be forever etched in the halls of Wikipedia, and the losers, Yahoo! Answers.