NEW YORK (AP) — Talk about a tough crowd.
The fans who lined up Wednesday to kick extra points at the goal posts set up on Super Bowl Boulevard (better known as Broadway) were serenaded with heckles and trash talk when their attempts missed the mark.
After a man wearing a Patriots logo dribbled the foam ball underneath the crossbar, someone yelled, "That's why y'all lost the game!" — a reference to New England's defeat in the AFC championship game.
Another guy, decked out in a New Jersey Devils stocking cap, also failed to put it through the uprights.
"This ain't hockey," someone screamed, drawing chuckles from several onlookers on a sunny but frigid afternoon, shortly after the opening of Super Bowl Boulevard.
A 13-block stretch of Broadway through Times Square is shut down during Super Bowl week, allowing the NFL to set up its fan experience in an iconic location. The most popular attraction on opening day appeared to be the 60-foot-long toboggan ride, which had a lengthy line of people waiting to slide down.
"That was so much fun!" a young girl exclaimed after getting to the bottom. "I want to go again."
KEEPING IT SECURE: The officials in charge of Super Bowl security held their annual briefing, where they encouraged fans to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and released a list of items that won't be allowed in MetLife Stadium.
That includes everything from alcoholic beverages to beach balls to horns, not to mention strollers, tripods and umbrellas.
At the end of the list were three things that should've been rather obvious.
Yep, weapons, knives and explosives are also banned.
Of course, this is serious business, especially in a city that one of the main targets on 9/11, and given the recent terrorist bombings in Russia, which have raised security concerns ahead of another major sporting event, next month's Winter Olympics.
"We don't want people to be fearful. We don't want them to be afraid," said William J. Bratton, commissioner of the New York Police Department. "But in the society we live in today, you have to be prepared."