Indianapolis - Tom Brady made a rather innocuous comment at a pep rally before the team's departure to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, but it seems to be taking on a life of its own in some quarters.
"We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason," Brady told a crowd estimated at 25,000 at Gillette Stadium. "We're going to give it our best shot and hopefully we'll have a lot more peoplee at our party next weekend."
A victory guarantee? Not quite, but that hasn't stopped media folks around here from treating it as such.
"It was a pep rally," Brady said when asked about the comment last night at the Patriots' introductory press conference. "People were pretty excited. Certainly the players were excited, the 25,000 fans who were there were pretty excited as well. We get great support home and away, and hopefully we'll see some Patriots jerseys in the stands next Sunday night."
Well, it's Super Bowl week, so any quote is fair game. But it's not as if a similar quote about a post-game party hasn't been made by the Giants. In fact, guard Chris Snee said something comparable last week, and no one batted an eye.
Snee was asked whether he had any concerns about Super Bowl distractions, especially with the Giants' younger players.
"I wouldn’t expect any issues," he said. "We’ve clearly explained to the young guys what this trip is for. There will be a lot of temptation, a lot of stuff going on, but we’ve said the parties back here are much better here after a victory. We’re not out there for leisure.”