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Your first Super Bowl non-story story

New England Patriots wide receiver Welker and quarterback Brady take to the field during a Super Bowl send-off event for the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts Reuters

Buried within our post from this afternoon on the Patriots send-off in Foxborough Sunday was the following quote from Tom Brady:

“I wish I could take all you guys to Indy with us,” Brady told his fans. “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.”

Innocuous enough.

Starved for a storyline, we saw a number of New York-area reporters on Sunday evening bring this quote up to Brady and other Patriots as if Brady had made a Joe Willie-style guarantee.

ESPNNewYork.com had a headline that said “Brady planning victory party.” Sigh.

We can’t wait to see the back covers in New York Monday. (You know it’s a bad sign when PFT thinks someone is stretching for a story.)

“Well, it was a pep rally,” Brady said in response Sunday night. “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.”

As the guys on NFL Network might say, “Good answer. Good answer.”

I heard a few other Patriots players asked about Brady’s comment. Most just dismissed it.

“We’re a confident football team. We have every reason to be,” guard Brian Waters said. “Both teams have every reason to be confident. I’m confident in my teammates. . . . If we prepare like we have for 17, 18 weeks, I think our confidence will be at all-time high.”

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46 Responses to “Your first Super Bowl non-story story”
  1. rcampore says: Jan 29, 2012 8:27 PM

    Yeah I saw that on ESPNNewyork.com and as a Giants Fan I thought it was stupid. He didn’t say anything bad. He said they hoped they would be celebrating.

    This is why I hate all “media”. Trying to twist words to make a story out of nothing.

  2. 4ever19 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:29 PM

    The entire Super Bowl is a non-story until game time (and sometimes not even then).

  3. bunnymen808 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:30 PM

    What a surprise. A professional athlete who is confident and wants to win. You are correct, this is a total non story.

  4. sepnasty says: Jan 29, 2012 8:32 PM

    E!SPN is becoming the FoxNews of sports networks. A bunch of talking heads who will say or write anything absurd for attention.

  5. jsho55 says: Jan 29, 2012 8:35 PM

    Pretty ridiculous….if you saw the interview he pretty much hesitated in mid sentence so he would chose his words carefully.

  6. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 29, 2012 8:36 PM

    I predict NY wins the crap talking contest.

  7. armchairqb says: Jan 29, 2012 8:38 PM

    Giants fan here to say … dumbest story ever. Brady is a class act. Guy always says the right thing.

    If you hear the press conference, the idiot reporter (a woman … just sayin’) asks the question, there’s a big pause and Brady quietly says, “Well … it was a pep rally.” And the whole room starts laughing.

    This is the week when every athlete gets asked a billion stupid questions by 4th string “journalists.”

    By the way, the reporter who asked the question was from the Newark Star Ledger — and she’s definitely 4th string.

  8. commandercornpone says: Jan 29, 2012 8:48 PM

    bet they all wore their uggs.

  9. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Jan 29, 2012 8:50 PM

    Rex Ryan would be beheaded for this.

  10. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 29, 2012 8:50 PM

    But the most important question from Super Bowl week was, is, and always has been how long Doug Williams has been a black quarterback.

  11. dyims says: Jan 29, 2012 8:58 PM

    Just more garbage from the rags in NYC. They couldn’t post anything objective or truthful if the editore had guns pointed at their heads. There isn’t enough intelligence put together that would power an led light in a computer. If brains equaled dynamite they entire staffs of all the ny rags wouldn’t be enough to blow one nose much less all of them.

  12. rcb0424 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:01 PM

    Look as a giants fan I say who cares? But if a giants player said the same thing ALL the patriots fans would be on here commenting on how all we do is talk and how it’s bulletin board material and yada yada yada.

  13. yankeemofo says: Jan 29, 2012 9:41 PM

    ESPNNewYork.com had a headline that said “Brady planning victory party.” Sigh.

    Pot meet kettle.

  14. fballguy says: Jan 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    Brady would be better off planning a pity party.

  15. sepnasty says: Jan 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    yankeemofo says: Jan 29, 2012 9:41 PM

    ESPNNewYork.com had a headline that said “Brady planning victory party.” Sigh.

    Pot meet kettle.

    ******

    Terrible comment considering the author admits the same thing in the article. nice try.

  16. readysethike says: Jan 29, 2012 9:57 PM

    I thought the non story might be wes welkers pants

  17. rushmatic says: Jan 29, 2012 10:00 PM

    rcb0424 says:
    Look as a giants fan I say who cares? But if a giants player said the same thing ALL the patriots fans would be on here commenting on how all we do is talk and how it’s bulletin board material and yada yada yada.

    ___________

    Osi was just saying that he’s going to fight Matt Light.

    Does that not deserve ridicule?

    Also, this is a non-story. Brady doesn’t talk sh!t unless you’re the Jets.

  18. xxakshunxx says: Jan 29, 2012 10:01 PM

    Tomorrows post is a big picture of Brady and says Toms Taunts… Seriously

  19. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 29, 2012 10:01 PM

    “We’re a confident football team. We have every reason to be,” guard Brian Waters said.

    ———————————————————-

    Really?

    How many rational people are truly
    “confident” in the Pats defense?

    Their offense needs to score a lot of points
    or they are gonna lose…

  20. jolink653 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:06 PM

    No one has any problem with the giants players promising a win and giants fans predicting a complete blowout but Tom Brady says anything at all and the New York papers and fans blow it up to be the most controversial statement in the world…I just don’t understand the need to constantly make the giants out to be the underdogs going against the big bad patriots who like to mouth off when none of them ever say anything…stop the talking and let’s just play the game

  21. pastabelly says: Jan 29, 2012 10:16 PM

    This non-story is probably already dead. Too bad ESPN will be doing its best to create stories where they don’t exist. They employ Skip Bayless. So they are capable of anything.

  22. wwwmattcom says: Jan 29, 2012 10:20 PM

    Super Bowl Sunday is the best time to go hit the mountain skiing. Can’t wait.

  23. razorbyrd says: Jan 29, 2012 10:21 PM

    for all the media knows, he was back-handing the NE fans, thinking there should’ve been more of them at the send off…

  24. clayton43 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:45 PM

    ESPN Sounds like MSNBC trying to make a story out of nothing because there are no storys…..MSNBC and ESPN are alot alike and are barely tolerable to watch. There is no such things as reporters now who are unbias… they are all
    “analyst” so that they cant be held accountable for what they say or do or how they make crap up. This site does that as well… tries to read into everything but it doesnt matter if right or wrong!!

  25. bostonsports11 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:52 PM

    there were 25K fans. 25K!!! Thats like 20K more than in 2007…they were there for 20 mins than went home…really?

  26. briang123 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:34 PM

    A team that would need someone from the other team spouting off to motivate them wouldn’t be in the Super Bowl to begin with. I am sure the Giants don’t care.

  27. raiderrob21 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:56 PM

    As opposed to him saying were going down there to lose?

  28. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 30, 2012 12:00 AM

    rcb0424 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 9:01 PM
    Look as a giants fan I say who cares? But if a giants player said the same thing ALL the patriots fans would be on here commenting on how all we do is talk and how it’s bulletin board material and yada yada yada.
    *******************

    Are you kidding me? The gmen talk more than the Jets.

    Tom Fraidy, remember?

  29. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 30, 2012 12:01 AM

    @clayton43,

    Nope, they are Fox and Friends.

    BTW, over half of Fox News viewers believe WMDs were found in Iraq.

  30. CKL says: Jan 30, 2012 12:36 AM

    He said HOPEFULLY. Had he been guaranteeing anything (thereby being something that could become actual bulletin board stuff) I don’t think “hopefully” would have been the word choice.

    I can say HOPEFULLY I will win the lottery tomorrow. Does that mean I’m going out and buying a Lamborghini tonight?

  31. dabreesknees says: Jan 30, 2012 1:05 AM

    Yawn. Bring on SBS and cut the crap.

  32. gimmeabruschi says: Jan 30, 2012 1:08 AM

    Only the mad dog media could witness somebody saying “hopefully” and hear “guarantee”.

  33. socorocker13 says: Jan 30, 2012 3:44 AM

    This proves there are plenty of dumb people in the world if this is actually a story.

    I guess people never learned the true meaning of the words “hopefully” or “guarantee”.

    Terrible journalism.

  34. sdelmonte says: Jan 30, 2012 3:52 AM

    Just wake me Sunday morning. Hype Week is bad enough without teams from major markets and without rematch fever.

  35. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Jan 30, 2012 6:48 AM

    pft says… (You know it’s a bad sign when PFT thinks someone is stretching for a story.)

    ——————————————————–
    this is exactly the type of thing you ladies at pft have been doing with the giants quotes for quite a while… taking quotes and deliberately misconstruing them in order to get hits or ‘stir the pot’ if you will.

  36. reebsta says: Jan 30, 2012 7:36 AM

    Shocking considering ESPN hates all things Patriots, of course they would take a complete non issue and try to make it something more.

  37. IainRWB says: Jan 30, 2012 7:50 AM

    “ESPNNewYork.com had a headline that said “Brady planning victory party.” Sigh.”

    Yet you lap it up when they do this to every little think Rex Ryan says? Then do it yourselves.

    Hypocrisy in action.

  38. enx31 says: Jan 30, 2012 8:10 AM

    ESPNNewYork.com had a headline that said “Brady planning victory party.” Sigh.

    Sigh, indeed. You’d hope they would at least try and seem remotely objective.

  39. bunjy96 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:08 AM

    This is nothing compared to the crap the media will dump on us all week.

  40. turdfurgerson68 says: Jan 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    The NJ Giants, their fans, and the NY/NJ media are trying waaayy to hard to play the disrespect card.

    Accept the fact that nearly everyone outside of New England is picking you to win on Sunday, and use something else to motivate you…this isn’t 2007-08.

  41. iminbostontrick says: Jan 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    quittsburghstoolers says:
    Jan 29, 2012 10:01 PM
    “We’re a confident football team. We have every reason to be,” guard Brian Waters said.

    ———————————————————-

    Really?

    How many rational people are truly
    “confident” in the Pats defense?

    Their offense needs to score a lot of points
    or they are gonna lose…

    ————————————

    Its funny how Gianta fans are so muddeled into thinking their defense isnt one of the worst in the league as well lol…

    Giants are ranked 27th or 28th in points allowed per game where Pats were 16th …

    Also, Giants secondary is almost as bad at Passing yards per game as the Patriots…

    So who wants to talk about what team needs to put up more points? Cuz if the stats for the year are correct the Giants def wont win this game only scoring 21

  42. j0esixpack says: Jan 30, 2012 9:50 AM

    “Hopefully” the New York media can begin acting more professional.

  43. makinghtmlcodeforfacebook says: Jan 30, 2012 10:07 AM

    4ever19 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 8:29 PM
    The entire Super Bowl is a non-story until game time (and sometimes not even then).

    *************************************
    How did this comment get so many thumbs ups? 6 of the last 10 Super Bowls have been really suspenseful and exciting. Don’t want the game if you think it is so boring.

  44. makinghtmlcodeforfacebook says: Jan 30, 2012 10:08 AM

    * stupid typo * “Don’t WATCH the game if you think it is so boring.”

  45. gooboy6 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    Brian Waters = class

  46. situsavaisprier says: Jan 30, 2012 12:12 PM

    As a Giants fan I will say this. I really don’t see any “bulletin board” material right there. Brady didn’t say anything wrong. He’s confident but he never said that Patriots would win.

    Also, I really hope that this goes to show every other fan of other teams how the NY Media is. That is the BIGGEST MARKET in the Country. So many people are standing right there ready to make a story/article about anything. You don’t have to say things in order for them to try to “assume” what you were saying. They are assuming that Brady is guaranteeing a win when really he didn’t say anything except hopefully and that they have a goal. Pretty obvious, non-story material.

    Brady is fortunate he doesn’t have to deal with these types of people on a consistent basis. The NY Media can really go at you with certain questions day in and day out. Funny plenty of people now criticize the NY Media, which I agree with, for this story. Yet when they do similar things to the Giants it’s the Giants that are the talkers. Plenty of players talk quite a bit on every team, we are shown what is quoted and reported.

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