Heaven forbid two New York Football Giants champions should go into the Hall of Fame together, but at least they got it right this time when they voted in Bill Parcells on the night Michael Strahan was inexcusably unsacked.

You could hear the joy in Parcells' voice over the cell phone last night, and when I asked him what he would want to say to the Giants fans who will forever be grateful for the two Super Bowls he delivered for them, Parcells said simply:

"Once a Giant, always a Giant, you know that."

In his heart, he always has been a Giant, even after walking away following Super Bowl XXV, even after stops on the sidelines in New England and with the Jets and Cowboys.

Parcells also was asked who he was thinking about last night, and he said: "Mickey mostly." His beloved old basketball coach at River Dell High in Oradell, N.J., Mickey Corcoran. "I'm glad he's alive to see it. He's 90 years old.

"Then, you know, all the players. My guys that are already in there.

"I want to be right next to them.

"My predecesors who paved the way for guys like me — the Landrys, the Shulas, the Chuck Nolls ... the guys who have been my contemporaries — Joe Gibbs, Mike Ditka, those guys. Hopefully some day, these ones that are there now — Bill [Belichick], Tom [Coughlin], Sean [Payton] — I hope they're next."