The New York Giants remain the underdogs against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 46. However, you may not know it coming from the comments and media attention that has been strongly backing the Giants.
Admittedly, there is a significant difference between being arrogant and being confident. Obviously, it’s important for any football team to possess some confidence, but not to the point of hubris. Where the Giants fall on that spectrum is still up for debate, but there are some strange similarities to the post-season run in 2007.
Specifically, the week before Super Bowl 42, the media often reported that the Giants were poised, relatively quiet, and very focused on the task at hand. Conversely, reports emerged about the Patriots having a good time and seeming more relaxed.
In fact, when told about former Giants wide receiver, Plaxico Buress’ low score prediction, Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, essentially laughed it off and threw it back in the Giants face.
The bottom line is that the Giants need to be confident and continue with the momentum that has been building this post-season. As fellow writer, Kyle Langan, said, “It has been working for them, why change it?”
Nothing could be truer as long as this team stays focused and remembers that preparation and discipline are paramount. With leaders stepping up, such as Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Antrel Rolle, the hope is that those aforementioned goals will be executed with precision.
This New York Giants team is garnering more and more backing from the media, but they must keep the mindset of an underdog.
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