Super Bowl Media Day: Breaking Down the Headlines

Jeffrey SantonAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2008

Media day has come and gone and the home stretch for the Sunday everyone is waiting for has arrived.

As usual, it produced a Nostradamus-wannabe that's proved to mean a lot of nothing year in and out.

Plaxico Burress is this year's Super Bowl loud mouth, predicting a final score of 23-17, with the Giants as victors.

On one side, what's so wrong with throwing a prediction out there? If you don't think you can win the game you shouldn't be playing in it and, quite frankly, it provides entertainment and something for fans to talk about.

On the other hand, I don't think giving "the Hoodie" or Tom Brady or anyone else on this New England team any more motivation than they already have is a great idea.

Two previous players have done so...and we all know those outcomes. In the other 16 games in which predictions weren't made, the outcome was the same as well so who's to say it makes any difference?

It was obvious that Tom Brady especially took offense to Anthony Smith's guarantee that the Steelers would be the team to put a stop to the season of perfection when Brady went to seek out Smith and let him know what he thought about it in the end zone following a Pats score.

Brady says all the right things and even had a smirk when he was asked of the prediction Burress made. When told of the prediction, Brady responded, "What was the score? We're only going to score 17 points? Is Plax playing defense? I wish he would have given us a little more credit for scoring points."

Following that—a slew of politically correct responses.

Tom Brady is a very competitive player. I promise you, regardless of what he says further on the subject, like "the Giants are a great team" and "they should be confident being the NFC champs"—those comments are simply lip service.

To me, Brady's initial remarks seemed to be a taste of what he really thought about it. But with the way Belichik runs that team that's about as far as a Patriot can go with a response.

Burress has since attempted to downplay the prediction as no big deal—simply entertainment. Truly, that's really all it is to some, but I can promise you the Patriots don't find it entertaining in the least.

There is a lot of pride in that squad and for anyone to disregard the records they've broken offensively is simply giving them more reason to prove themselves. I can promise you Mr. Caughlin is far from ecstatic over his wide receiver's need to entertain—regardless of how many times we have to hear about how much he has changed and what a players' coach he is now.    

What was truly entertaining on media day however, was hearing Strahan address his own mouth. Obviously he knows what's going on in there and someone actually asked him about it.

"It fits me," said Strahan. "I went to the dentist and had x-rays and everything, but it just wouldn't be me [to fix them]."

I will say this: I'm glad it's you and not me that those things "fit."

Randy Moss spoke of his Green Bay considerations in the beginning of the year and I found it to be one of the more interesting interviews of the day.

Moss stated that Green Bay had made it clear they were taking a chance on him and that Moss needed to know that Driver was still their number one guy, so don't think about it being himself. He also stated that while Brett Favre seemed interested in acquiring him, the team clearly did not seem to be and were more or less appeasing Farve.

Looks like Green Bay got what they wanted in keeping Moss away while attempting to show Favre they were putting forth their best effort. Green Bay clearly would have been a better team with Moss and, while they proved their loyalty to Donald Driver, they should probably think of re-evaluating their priorities.

Even without Moss it is still arguable whether Driver was Green Bay's best wide receiver this year. Greg Jennings proved to be a force to be reckoned with for defensive coordinators perhaps more so then Driver, whose age seems to be catching up to him to a degree.

Then Eli Manning commented on comparisons to his brother and said it was "a compliment." He also said, "I feel like I'm in grammar school." I won't argue with him there.

Following the field goal that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl he was running around the field and truly looked like a child on his last day of school before summer vacation. Eli does at times look like he would be a perfect cast as a young Peyton in some bad television movie.

They both seem to have that "gee golly" type of personality, which in a way makes them likable to the public.

I, personally, am glad that media day has passed and this game is one day closer to being played. One way or another, this Super Bowl is going to be special in comparison to most. It will be remembered for a long time to come, but the question right now is: Why?

Will it be remembered for David beating Goliath or will it be remembered for the New England Patriots accomplishing perfection in a time where parity in the NFL isn't expected to allow it?

Either way, eyes across the globe will be watching and decades from now—fans of the two participants or not—when this game and season are spoken of you will remember where you were when you watched this game.

Whether it be at home on your couch or at a Super Bowl party that one of your buddies threw together—you will remember. ESPN Classic and teams that begin seasons 6-0 or 7-0 for a long time to come will make you think back to this Super Bowl.