The New York media had a sour reaction to Tom Brady expressing hope about winning the Super Bowl on Sunday and the Boston media almost got a chance to return fire during Super Bowl Media Day.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who hasn’t been shy about expressing himself at any point this season, made a pretty plainspoken statement about who he thought would win the Super Bowl.
“We’re going to win this thing,” Rolle said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We’re going to win this thing for a lot of good reasons.”
It’s nothing new for Rolle, who said some weeks ago that the Giants’ championship quest could not be denied. Before any Beantown writers could take Rolle to task for his Joe Namath impression, he backed off when someone asked him a follow-up question about guaranteeing a win.
“I didn’t say we’re going to win, I said we’re going to go out there and do whatever it takes to win,” Rolle said. “I didn’t guarantee anything.”
There will surely be quibbles with Rolle’s assertion that saying “we’re going to win this thing” does not constitute saying that the Giants were going to win, but the whole furor over players expressing confidence or expectation that they are going to win gets overblown. Rolle, Brady and every other player in this game has every right to feel like they are going to emerge victorious on Sunday. If they should express that in response to a question at Media Day or at a pep rally, so be it because the result of this game isn’t likely to have anything to do with what they say.