INDIANAPOLIS -- Leave it to the New York media corps to turn a Tom Brady comment at a pep rally into a potential back-page headline in the tabloids.
During the Patriots' sendoff to Super Bowl 46 this afternoon at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots quarterback fired up the 25,000 fans with the following comment:
"We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason. We're going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend."
It's not exactly Joe Namath guaranteeing a victory over the Colts before Super Bowl III. But don't be surprised if the New York media treats it as such.
ESPNNewYork went with the headline, "Brady planning victory party." A bit of a leap, yes? We're sure the Post and Daily News will pounce as well.
Brady was asked about the comment tonight by a New York reporter at a press conference after the Patriots arrived in Indianapolis.
“Well, it was a pep rally,” he said, drawing laughter. “People were pretty excited. Certainly players were excited. I know 25,000 fans who were there were excited as well. It was great to see the support. We get great support, home and away, and hopefully we have some Patriots jerseys in the stands next Sunday night.”
Not exactly a challenge to the Giants' manhood there. We'll see what the Giants have to say about it, because they'll surely be asked.