Tom Brady's 'party' line gets big play in New York
New England's Tom Brady has been to the Super Bowl five times, so he knows how the game is played both on the field and with the media. Still, he has to be rolling his eyes at the first mini-dust-up of the week.
At a sendoff from Patriots fans in Foxborough on Sunday, the quarterback told the crowd: "I wish I could take all you guys to Indy with us. 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."
Pretty harmless stuff, and Brady later explained it as typical pep-rally talk. But everything gets bigger when pushed through the New York media machine, and that comment played in the tabloids Monday morning as if Brady was making a guarantee the Patriots would beat the Giants.
The New York Daily News had a headline reading, "Party of Jive," with "Hey, Giants, Brady already talking about victory bash."
Meanwhile, the New York Post had "Tom talks trash" on the front cover, and "Tom's taunt" on the back.
Welcome to Super Bowl week.
-- Sam Farmer in Indianapolis
Photo: Tom Brady waves to a friend as he leaves a news conference in Indianapolis on Sunday.Credit: Mark Humphrey / Associated Press