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N.Y. Giants’ Victor Cruz: Josh Norman shouldn’t expect a warm welcome in New York City

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BROOKLYN — Typically at celebrity charity sporting events, the atmosphere is pretty positive where athletes are cheered for their work in communities. That wasn’t the case for Josh Norman in Brooklyn on Thursday night.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz says that’s what the Washington Redskins’ newly-recruited cornerback should expect when he visits the Big Apple.

“He knew that coming into New York that he’s not going to get the love that he thought he would [at a charity game],” Cruz told NBC Sports.

Norman got a loud chorus of boos ringing through the Barclays Center when he was announced in attendance for the Roc Nation charity basketball game by emcee Angie Martinez. Martinez pleaded with the fans in the stadium to show some support, saying “C’mon folks, it’s for charity,” but the jeers only got louder.

The 28-year-old, who signed a five-year, $75-million deal with the Redskins this summer, has a simmering rivalry forming with Cruz’s teammate Odell Beckham Jr. which reared itself publicly again after some recent comments. Cruz, who is raring to go after nearly two seasons on the sideline, says that he’s excited to now be involved in the rivalry himself.

“It’s going to be fun playing him twice a year,” he said with a slight grin.

As for Cruz’s recovery, the 29-year-old who inspired the Giants to a Super Bowl win in 2012 is aiming to prove that he’s back to full fitness.

“I’m extremely excited to [get the season started]. I’m excited to just be out there, having a presence, running routes again…It’s great to feel like an athlete again,” he said.

While some have suggested that the odds are against Cruz in his road to recovery, he insists that he can help get the Giants back to their best.

“Feeling good, I’m running around and I’m at 100 percent…I just want to get into camp and put everything behind me and be positive,” Cruz said. “[I help bring] that leadership, the plays that I make every week. Being able to make a difference, not only for myself but for my teammates as well.”

When asked specifically about the Giants playoff chances, he confidently replied, “Absolutely, [the Giants can make playoffs].”

Giants fans will hope that both Cruz and the Giants can get back on track after years of struggling.

Best ads from Super Bowl LII

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The best Super Bowl ads made us laugh, cry, and audibly wonder how much a trip to Australia would cost.

Here are some of the best ads from Super Bowl LII:

GOAT Ad: Doritos, Mountain Dew collaboration with Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman rapping Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott

Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman in any Super Bowl commercial was going to be epic, but having them RAP (lip sync, obviously) Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott?! That was what Super Bowl commercials are made for.

Leaving on a Jet Plane: Australia Tourism

It’s cold on the East Coast right now and Australia looks nice and warm, so this ad should move Australia to the next spot on your vacation list. The ad referenced a “remake” of ‘Crocodile Dundee’ with Chris Hemsworth and Danny McBride, the incredible Australian wine, and stunning beaches.

Laugh Out Loud: NFL’s Dirty Dancing tribute ad

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. had the time of their lives during Super Bowl LII, paying tribute to Dirty Dancing’s famous dance routine and acrobatic leap done by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze.

You are, you’re a Superstar… commercial: Amazon

Amazon brought the star power to their Amazon Echo spot, with Gordon Ramsey, Cardi B, Leslie Jones, Rebel Wilson and Anthony Hopkins, filling in for a voiceless Amazon Alexa.

Get the tissues: Hyundai

Hyundai’s ad where car buyers meeting cancer patients that they helped by purchasing a car hit you right in the feels. It was obvious that every parent was on the edge of tears while watching the videos of patients saying thank you.

If you want to watch all of the Super Bowl ads, check them out here.

Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercial will probably make you cry

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Get out the tissues.

Hyundai donates a certain amount of money for every car purchased to pediatric cancer research. Their Super Bowl ad featured car buyers meeting patients who benefited from their purchase.

The patients wanted to say thank you to buyers and man it got REAL dusty in a lot of living rooms around the country.