The hype surrounding Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and New England Patriots has blown up over the last week, thanks in large part to friendly banter between the players that will represent both sides.
Giants players feel superbly confident that they have the tools and desire to hand the Patriots a loss.
That train of thought is easy to buy into, after all the Giants did beat the Patriots in the regular season, and then of course they also beat them in the Super Bowl a few years ago.
You remember that one don’t you? Eli Manning ripped himself free of several Patriots avoiding a near sack, followed then by a desperate heave down filed to attempt converting a third down.
Wide receiver David Tyree made “The Catch”, a one handed grab against his helmet in traffic to keep the Giants drive alive.
A few plays later Manning hit wide receiver Plaxico Burress on a fade route in the corner of the end zone for the game winning touchdown.
So it’s certainly easy for the Giants to be confident, but over confidence can lead to bad things on the football field — especially when it’s a Bill Belichick team headed by Tom Brady your facing.
The Giants team website jumped the gun a bit by declaring that the Super Bowl had already been won by display a congratulations, which encouraged fans to jump on Giants merchandise early. Super Bowl gear is important after all.
However the “ad” has been pulled for the time being in hopes of being re-displayed at a later date. Whether it was an innocent mistake, or a clever stunt, is up to you to decide.