There is no way, even if you think you are, that you are a bigger Giants fan than Branford resident Jack Barletta. Before heading out to interview him, we Tweeted: “On my way to interview #Branford’s biggest #Giants fan…” @Justin_Pelazza responded, “I like to disagree. I am the biggest Giants fan in Branford!”
Sorry Justin Pelazza, but there’s just no way.
“When people say they are a bigger Giants fan than me,” commented Barletta, “I just say, ‘Come over.’”
Barletta tells about his passion and love for the New York Giants football team, just days before they play in the Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots as he stands on the 10 yard line of former Giants Stadium. You read that correctly. Barletta, who proclaims his 30-year career as the Transfer Station Operator for Hamden did not make him a rich man, purchased the 10-yard-line patch of turf for $2,500 in 2009-10 after the stadium was shut down in favor of opening the new Met Life Stadium.
“Most people look at this and say, ‘What? Are you nuts?’” said Barletta. “There’s very few people who are psychotic like me. There are the words fan and fanatic. I take it to fanatic.”
Please take the time to learn about Barletta’s passion for the New York Giants through this photo essay. Not only is he a collector, but Barletta tells a story for every piece of memorabilia he owns from the hand-written letters from Giants' owner, the late Wellington Mara, to the toaster which brands the Giants logo on his toast. A season ticket holder since the Giants played at Yale Bowl in 1973, Barletta is not just Branford’s biggest Giants fan, he just might be the biggest Giants fan in the world.