In a blatant act of propaganda, an ESPN New York blog post was published regarding the Patriots' Super Bowl send-off at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The post was on the ESPN New York front page, titled "Not So Fast, Tommy."
The post, which was under a generic "ESPNNewYork.com staff" byline, claimed that Tom Brady invited the 25,000 fans in the stands to a victory party after the Super Bowl. This statement was taken out of context.
Here is what Tom Brady actually said during the send-off: "We as New England Patriots standing here, first of all want to thank you guys, our fans. We have the greatest fans in America, you guys have proved that to us year in and year out, and your support, I wish we could take all of you down to Indy with us....We're going down there, and we're going down there for one reason. We're gonna give it our best, and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend."
In addition to misinterpreting Brady's words, the anonymous writer ended the post with a jab at Brady by writing, "Is this guy overconfident, or what?"
I suppose the writer would've been more pleased if Brady said something along the lines of, "Yeah, we're probably gonna lose, but thanks for coming out to see us."
This specific article is just blatant propaganda.
The Patriots' send-off had nothing to do with guaranteeing a victory. The send-off was about thanking the fans for being so loyal to the team, especially in what was a difficult year for the Kraft family.
Tom Brady is the most respectful player in the NFL. He assured his fans that his team would play their best. To pervert it into anything more than that is propaganda, not journalism.
I respect ESPN a great deal, but how was this allowed to be a top story?