Tom’s Talkin’ Trash?!?

It’s time once again for the world’s highest-watched sporting event: The National Football League’s Super Bowl, now in its’ “XLVI-th” incarnation (or, “46th”, for the hoi polloi), pits the New England Patriots against the much-to-my-surprise New York Giants (frankly, I thought it would be the seemingly-unbeatable Green Bay Packers – one more reason why I don’t wager on anything that’s alive).

Big Pat’s fan aside, I’m really looking forward to this contest – it’s a chance for the Patriots to (a) beat Peyton Eli Manning on his home turf, (2) atone for losing the 2007 Super Bowl to the Giants, and (c) throw a wrench into my belief that it’s always better to have good defense rather than good offense. And, a New York team losing a championship game would just be frosting on the cake.

Of course, the two-week relentless media-thon leading up to big game requires the usual theatrics, controversy, and intrigue, and with a New York team in contention the New York press is only too happy to oblige. Consider this seemingly harmless comment spoken by New England Quarterback Tom Brady at a pre-Super Bowl Pep Rally in Gillette Stadium last Sunday (01/29/12):

“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.”

Predictably, in order to stir controversy and sell more newspapers both the NY Post and NY Daily News found occasion to call Brady’s remark “Trash Talk”.  I don’t agree, and didn’t realize some people and media in New York were thin skinned.

Obviously, I forgot what is “acceptable behavior” according to New York standards, so I did a little homework:

“Acceptable Behavior”, New York Style
This behavior is OK This behavior is NOT OK:
Joe Namath, speaking at the Miami Touchdown Club, “guarantees” the New York Jets will win Super Bowl III against the odds-on favorite Baltimore Colts (“We’re gonna win the game. I guarantee it.”) Tom Brady “hoping” his team will win Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants.
New York Jets spying on the New England Patriots in order to figure out their play signals (apparently, as recently as 2011) New England Patriots spying on the New York Jets in order to figure out their play signals (and, who was the tattle-tale? Jets Coach Eric Mangini, who worked for the Pats when they were allegedly spying on the Jets.)
New York Yankees Bench Coach Don Zimmer rushing out to personally deliver a knuckle sandwich to Boston Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez during Game 3 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, causing a startled Pedro to defend himself. Pedro defending himself by checking to see if the metal plate in Don’s skull had come loose.
New York Yankees player Herman “The Babe” Ruth pointing out where he
would hit his home run
while at bat during Game 2 of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Boston Red Sox Catcher Carlton Fisk waving his game-winning home run fair during Game 6 of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
New York Yankees 3rd Baseman Alex Rodriquez throwing enough F-bombs at Red Sox Catcher Jason Varitek to make a foul-mouthed urban rapper jealous. Jason Varitek introducing A-Rod to the inside of his catcher’s mitt.
et cetera and etc., ad nauseum… Got another? Send me a comment!

Oh, and for you Giants fans out there: I’m guessing Brady said “hopefully” because he knows the Giants are playing at their peak right now and the Pats have some notable injuries (along with the absolute worst pass defense in the NFL). And, unlike the Giants “shocking” 2007 Super Bowl “win” against the Patriots, this matchup gives the Giants a chance to truly earn the win without the Pats demotivated and demoralized under a cloud of controversy.

Thanks for reading! (and please: No trash talking!)

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