Super Summary: Monday morning roundup of Super Bowl coverage on WEEI.com
|01.30.12 at 8:26 am ET|
The Patriots have their first touchdown in Indianapolis, this one of the most literal sort, as the Super Bowl-bound Patriots were feted in Foxborough before boarding a plane for their weeklong business trip.
“We wish we could take all of you guys to Indy with us,” Tom Brady told the crowd, though evidently, the team was unable to find a plane capable of bringing the roughly 25,000 fans, the team members and all of the equipment to the big game.
Incidentally, in his extensive interview on the Dennis & Callahan show on Monday morning, Brady said that given the need to find tickets and hotels for approximately 40 family members and friends, the Super Bowl will be a money-losing proposition for him even if he gets a cut of the winner’s share of approximately $88,000.
“That’s OK,” he said.
Today’s coverage on WEEI.com:
– Brady’s interview with Dennis & Callahan was reflective, revealing and fascinating. A transcript is here. You can also listen to the interview on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page after it re-airs at 9:20 am EST on Monday.
– More on Brady, as Kirk Minihane notes that the possibility that the Patriots quarterback can cement his place as the greatest quarterback in NFL history is near the top of the list of the four most interesting storylines for the game.
– Bill Belichick, stand-up comic? The coach’s demeanor was so jovial upon his arrival in Indianapolis — during his initial press conference, he joked about his infamous decision to go for it on fourth-and-2 in a game against the Colts in 2009 — that receiver Wes Welker was left to wonder what had happened to the dour man in the hoodie. Mike Petraglia has more.
– More from Welker, whose session with the media was so interesting that he left three WEEI.com writers with material to write. Minihane has Welker saying that beating the Giants this year would not “take care of” the Super Bowl loss to the Giants four years ago. Rob Bradford has Welker saying that he expects to be back with the Patriots in 2012; much to Bradford’s chagrin, posting said blog entry did not earn him a link to MLBTradeRumors.com.
Petraglia has Welker seconding the opinion of Gordy Gronkowski with an affirmation that tight end Rob Gronkowski will be on the field for the Super Bowl. (For his part, Belichick described the walking boot-bound receiver as day-to-day.)
And a leftover from Saturday, where we found out that Giants DB Corey Webster isn’t all that impressed by Welker, despite the fact that the receiver led the NFL with 122 catches.
– Who but Gronkowski could describe himself alternately as “beast” and “fiesta” and a) not come off as arrogant and b) be correct? More on that here.
– Here’s a look by the AP at the “elder statesman of the defense,” Vince Wilfork, for whom success is lying in a pig pile with a couple of offensive lineman getting crushed beneath him.
– A couple leftover from Saturday: Chad Ochocinco revealed that there is a diva receiver support group, as he took frequent calls of support from Randy Moss and Terrell Owens during the season. Ochocinco, taking a page from the playbook of the Red Sox owners, bought all of his teammates a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. Nice perk for a 97-minute flight.