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Scenes from the locker room after Super Bowl XLVI


I went down to the locker rooms and interview area following the Giants Super Bowl victory on Sunday night. So I may as well share some of the random small moments viewed there before moving on to the offseason.

1. Michael Strahan and Eli Manning shared a long embrace and conversation. “Enjoy this,” Strahan said into Manning’s ear. “It’s your time.”

2. Aaron Ross walked down the corridor under the stadium, holding his mother’s hand in one hand and his wife’s hand in the other. He may have been the happiest looking Giants player I saw.

3. Tom Brady stared at his locker with a towel on his head for at least ten minutes. Robert Kraft came over to console Brady, who stayed in a daze.

4. I walked by Gisele, who was waiting for Brady to emerge from the locker room. Lesson here: I’m short.

5. For some reason, Seal was reveling in the Giants win in New York’s locker room. I heard a reporter ask Seal how long he’s been a Giants fan.  “Oh, I’m just a sports fan,” he said.  All right then.

6. Mario Manningham was asked about the pressure on the Giants on the last drive: “Ain’t no pressure. It’s football.”

This seemed to capture the Giants’ attitude about the fourth quarter pretty well.

“It’s Eli Manning,” said defensive end Dave Tollefson. “What did you expect?”

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30 Responses to “Scenes from the locker room after Super Bowl XLVI”
  1. dawsonleery says: Feb 6, 2012 7:49 AM

    Eli 2
    Ben 2
    Rivers 0

  2. weeny00 says: Feb 6, 2012 7:53 AM

    tom brady just got lucky to win a superbowl in his early career bcoz he got a great kicker like adam vinatere.. Tom Brady is overrated!!!!!

  3. mikea311 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:05 AM

    “It’s Eli Manning,” said defensive end Dave Tollefson. “What did you expect?”


  4. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 6, 2012 8:06 AM

    Good game. But you don’t see many examples of a TD being a bad thing. He tried to pull up to the line but wound going a$$ over, lol.

    Congratulations to the NY GIANTS!

  5. allsportsnyfan says: Feb 6, 2012 8:21 AM

    Mr. Kraft, sorry, but we won’t trade Eli Manning for you to win a SB.

  6. irongershwin says: Feb 6, 2012 8:22 AM

    7. Rex Ryan was asked who he thought was going to win the Super Bowl next year.

  7. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 6, 2012 8:28 AM

    Hey Tommy, there’s no crying in football…

  8. readysethike says: Feb 6, 2012 8:39 AM

    Those Pats receiver choked in the end

  9. jimr10 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:40 AM

    This off suubject….the Patriots did not beat one team with a winning record during regular season….

  10. giantspunk213 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:56 AM

    Tollefson said it all “it’s Eli Manning what did you expect?” he’s been doing this all season, as a giants fan it’s gut wrenching and no matter how many times he does it i’ll never get used to it but it got the job done…but next season would it be too much to ask for just 1 or 2 games where we’re winning by like 13 or 14 in the 4th? Lol it would really help my blood pressure.

  11. bigzant82 says: Feb 6, 2012 8:59 AM

    awesome and tom brady ya time is up bro frm hero to nearly zero

  12. bleed4philly says: Feb 6, 2012 9:00 AM

    – how many superbowls have the patriots won since they got caught cheating? Oh that’s right, ZERO

  13. gdeli says: Feb 6, 2012 9:07 AM

    Hey goodell…what the heck were you thinking when you had madonna and m.i.a. do the half time show? how stupid is that? Are you surprised there was another incident? remember janet jackson? you couldn’t get john mellencamp or such? just stupid. Bummer for brady to lose. eh

  14. keeley2 says: Feb 6, 2012 9:27 AM

    Congratulations to the New York football Giants. See you on opening night of NFL 2012 season.

    Aaron Rodgers

  15. bray72 says: Feb 6, 2012 9:33 AM

    Perhaps this 21-17 game will help put to rest the erroneous theory that QB and the passing game are the keys to ultimate success. While they’re very important, a balanced attack with excellent defense and an effective running game are critical to championship success.

    While the defensive stats are not great, there was a lot of excellent defense played last night! Don’t forget, there were two great QBs out there and some excellent receivers.

  16. melikefootball says: Feb 6, 2012 9:35 AM

    Is the scene for Tommy Boy covering his head because he just heard his wife was opening her mouth to run down the receivers? That showed some class. Lets see safety…interception, threw behind some receivers…yea that was it, the receivers did not catch the ball. Is this the definition of a poor loser or what?

  17. waccoforflacco says: Feb 6, 2012 9:53 AM

    Thrilled to see Brady in a daze….he didn’t deserve to even be there….see Lee Evan’s great effort to secure the ball.

  18. bozosforall says: Feb 6, 2012 10:03 AM

    Biggest lesson of all:

    Loudmouth Pats fans all had to STHU. Again.

    Eli Manning > Tom Brady

  19. legacybroken says: Feb 6, 2012 10:24 AM

    Tom now has something in common with Tiki. They were both flabbergasted last night.

  20. rtookey says: Feb 6, 2012 10:34 AM

    Tom Brady played an unreal game, if you knew what you were watching… Recievers dropped 3 unreal passes in the final drive… Brady went 16/16 in the TD drive, another record to put in his case… Pats forced 4 fumbles, recovered 1 and got taken back by too many men on the field, which NEVER happens. Giants had Paeytons horse shoes in their a$$es… Eli will be deemed better when it isnt ONE catch per game that wins it for him. Mannigham deserves the MVP, not handoff Manning…

  21. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    As much as we’ve all seen of Brady, my opinion is that he’s simply not as pin point accurate as he used to be. Surely part of that is defensive pressure, but I suspect at times it’s just him. Past his prime? Maybe. Also the Pats defense isn’t nearly what it was when they won Super Bowls, either….and Eli has the touch, put the ball exactly where it had to be,like Brady used to do.

  22. carlsaganist says: Feb 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    comment above proves why New York is the most arrogant city on the planet.

  23. papacrick says: Feb 6, 2012 11:12 AM

    So much for the all the pre game boasting coming back to bite the Giants in the butt! Looks like it gave them the perfect spark

  24. bigdan7885 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:28 AM

    Lol Seal? That’s pretty random.

  25. BTC says: Feb 6, 2012 11:34 AM

    Come out of hiding, Patriot fans. You’ve been mouthing and chest-beating all week, now suddenly you’re nowhere to be seen!

    Come take your lumps like men.

    Come taste the crow.

  26. jalbs says: Feb 6, 2012 12:02 PM

    If someone would have told me that the Pats D would have held the Giants to 13 offensive points and Manning to 222 yards passing with 4:00 minutes to go in the game I would have said that the Pats ran away with this game. The Pats have scored a combined 31 points in 8 Super Bowl quarters against the Giants. That’s mind boggling to even think about. How could they move the ball so well to close the half and so well to open the second half yet not score in the final 26 minutes of the game? Brady is so close to having 5 Super Bowl titles, one undefeated season, and a possible 6th Super Bowl appearance considering they blew a 21-3 lead to the Colts 5 years ago. Congrats to the Giants and their fans…I’ll be trying to get that bitter taste out of my mouth for awhile.

  27. hbdbrowns33 says: Feb 6, 2012 1:51 PM

    all I know is that Aaron Ross’ wife is an Olympic sprinter and when they have a kid he/she will be a crazy athlete so double good for him.

  28. granadafan says: Feb 6, 2012 2:23 PM

    What the heck was Seal doing in the locker room, let alone at the Super Bowl if he’s not even a football fan? That’s exactly what is wrong with the Super Bowl now. The people attending the games are NOT real fans but instead just want to be there because there are lots of cameras. The NFL let the game be taken over by corporate sponsors, other owners, celebrities, politicians, and so-called VIPs.

  29. fmwarner says: Feb 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    weeny00 says: Feb 6, 2012 7:53 AM

    tom brady just got lucky to win a superbowl in his early career bcoz he got a great kicker like adam vinatere.. Tom Brady is overrated!!!!!

    He got lucky three times? I’m sure he is overrated, just like those other guys that won at least three Super Bowls. Bradshaw, Aikman and Montana were just carried by their kickers too.

  30. axespray says: Feb 6, 2012 5:51 PM

    weeny00 says:Feb 6, 2012 7:53 AM
    “tom brady just got lucky to win a superbowl in his early career bcoz he got a great kicker like adam vinatere.. Tom Brady is overrated!!!!!”

    yeah, it wasn’t his accurate passes to nobody recievers when he had jim johnson blitzes in his face or Julius Peppers coming from the edge or having to beat the greatest show on turf in their prime, or having to go into pittsburgh and slice and dice the most consistently good defenses of the last decade again and again… or the fact he’s been carrying the patriots to the playoffs the last couple of years with absolutely no help from the defense…

    Eli & Big Ben haven’t carried a crap defense to the playoffs let alone win without their D getting like 3 sacks a game.

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