Originally written on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 2/10/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11: Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown against the Oakland Raiders with his teammates on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The most conflicted man at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday was Thom McDaniels. The prep coaching legend in Ohio was clearly rooting on his son Josh, the Patriots offensive coordinator-to-be, during Super Bowl XLVI. And he was cheering for his old pupil, Patriots CB Antwaun Molden, who he coached at Warren Harding. But the player who made the game’s biggest play was Giants WR Mario Manningham, another of his former stars from Warren Harding (OH) High. McDaniels called Manningham the best prep receiver he’s ever coached, and this was the topic of my story in today’s Herald. Thom’s allegiances were clear… kinda. “I wanted Mario to play well and I wanted the Patriots to win,” the elder McDaniels told me yesterday. “I didn’t get what I wanted, and that’s life. That’s what I wanted, and I didn’t get what I wanted.” McDaniels, who is between jobs now in Ohio, wouldn’t say much about Josh’s return to New England. He knows how the Patriots are, and as a former coach, he’s fine limiting th
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