Burress stands by his upset prediction

The Baltimore Sun

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A day after he proclaimed that the New York Giants would upset the New England Patriots - even calling a score of 23-17 - wide receiver Plaxico Burress didn't back off his prediction.

"Why come in with a negative attitude?" Burress said at yesterday's media day while wearing sunglasses and his Giants hat on backward. "We've got to take a back seat to them because they are 19-0? The goal is to win the football game."

A 12-point underdog for Sunday's Super Bowl, New York is not trying to sneak up on the Patriots.

Over the weekend, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch predicted that his team would upset the Patriots. On Monday, defensive end Michael Strahan told reporters, "history will be ours."

But Burress was the most outspoken player on the Giants yesterday.

"[The Patriots] had a pep rally before they came here," Burress said. "I didn't know people still had those after high school. Boston expects them to come back and celebrate. Maybe we'll have them come down and party with us."

When told of Burress' prediction, Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas just shrugged his shoulders.

"One thing I've learned this year more than anything else is none of that matters," Thomas said. "Nothing that you do in the press conference matters. The only thing that matters is how you play on Sunday."

Just 40 feet to Burress' left at media day, Giants coach Tom Coughlin didn't seem pleased about his receiver's comments.

"I was not aware of that," said Coughlin, shaking his head. "We've had a good theme all year, and it hasn't been that. We do our talking on the field."

Brady update

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said his ankle feels "great" just a day after his first practice since the AFC championship game.

"I think we just had one incompletion in practice," said Brady, who also noted that the Patriots held their 115th practice of the season Monday. "It was a good day."

Super Bowl fever

A number of Giants are dealing with the flu, including starting cornerback Aaron Ross.

"I hope this is the end of it," Coughlin said. "It surfaced with one or two players the last few days. We had some guys miss practices [last week] with high temperatures."

Many players complained of sore throats and nasal congestion after playing in the frigid temperatures at Green Bay.

End zone

It is believed that the Giants' Eli Manning became the first quarterback to ever show up early for a media day. "I guess Tom Coughlin's five-minute rule is paying off," said Manning, referring to his coach's rule to show up early to team meetings. ... Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said he doesn't know whether he'll retire after the Super Bowl. "I'll sit down with my wife and discuss those things, and we'll go from there," he said. ... Giants running back Brandon Jacobs started to walk off the podium at one point because no reporters were asking questions.


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