The New York media, being the oh-so-honest journalists they are (tongue planted firmly in cheek), took a comment that Patriots QB Tom Brady made at Sunday’s send-off rally and turned it in a direction it was never meant to go. Here’s the whole comment with the last line being the one that is misrepresented:
“We have the greatest fans in America. You guys have proved that year in and year out with your support,” Brady said. “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.“
So what did the New York media make of this comment?
The headlines on the back pages of the New York Daily News and the New York Post made it seem like Brady was guaranteeing a Patriots victory in Super Bowl XLVI because of the, “hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend,” line. The New York Daily News had the headline, “Party of Jive” with the sub-headline, “Hey Giants, Brady already talking about a victory bash.” The New York Post headline was, “Tom’s Taunt” with the sub-heading, “Brady tells pep rally: Come back for bigger party after Supe.”
I don’t see any guarantees in there. Gregg Rosenthal from Pro Football Talk dismissed this as a non-story and discussed how “silly” it was for the New York papers to run with these headlines. Even the Giants, to their credit, weren’t taking the media’s bait. Matthias Kiwanuka said that what Brady said wasn’t “legitimate” trash talk and Justin Tuck said that, “It was just a pep rally.”
Score one for honest journalism.