Super Bowl Roundup: New York papers continue criticism of travel celebration
|01.31.12 at 11:36 am ET|
The New York papers were blasting the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday for celebrating before their trip to Indianapolis with a fan send-off ahead of the Super Bowl. On Tuesday, the travel celebration controversy continued as the New York tabloids praised the Giants for their quiet trip to Indianapolis on Monday.
The New York Post applauded the Giants in their paper Tuesday, running with the headline, “Plane Focused.” According to the Post, about 125 Giants fans cheered on the team at Timex Performance Center as they boarded buses to Newark Airport. That number is in stark contrast to the organized 25,000 who showed up for the pre-flight pep rally at Gillette Stadium Sunday morning.
Justin Tuck, the defensive end who constantly pressured Brady in Super Bowl XLII, scoffed at the way New England organized its travel plans.
‘I wish we could have flown in at night with nobody knowing we were here, instead of having everybody cheer you on, because all that ‘ what for?’’ Tuck told the Post. ‘Nobody wants to talk about before the Super Bowl, everybody wants to talk about after it. If you leave this place as the winner of the 46th Super Bowl, then you can have as many parties, you can have as many pep rallies, you can do whatever you want to do after that.
‘Until that happens then I could care less for all the hoopla.’’
The New York Daily News carried a similar story, saying that the Giants flew “under the radar” to Indianpolis with “no plans for a victory party next week.”
The Daily News then quoted the outspoken safety Antrel Rolle. Contrary to the Daily News’ assertion that the Giants are not engaging in the confident talk that the Patriots are guilty of, Rolle said he “expected” the Giants to win.
“We’re not here for anything but to take care of the Patriots on Sunday night. I mean, we wouldn’t have boarded the plane if we didn’t expect to win. I think that is the bottom line. We have come here for one thing and one thing only, which is to win. We are expecting to win this game come Sunday.’
The New York Times, as opposed to the city’s tabloids, took a more business-like view of Super Bowl travel. They ran a story on the cost of going to the Super Bowl in last-minute fashion.
According to the Times, a room at budget hotel Best Inn costs $898.99 per night this week (normally, rooms there are $55 per night). The Days Hotel near the Indianapolis airport is charging $1,840 for two nights despite normally costing $47 per night. Game tickets range from $2100 in the nosebleeds to $516,484 for a suite. Flights from Boston or New York to Indianapolis, which are normally about $400, have jumped to $1,379 to $1,837 this weekend.
But of all the hoopla surrounding Super Bowl travel, none is more welcome than that of Mark Herzlich, current Giants linebacker and a former Boston College standout who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2009. Almost three years later, Herzlich is cancer-free and participating in his first Super Bowl.
Herzlich acknowledged the accomplishment via Twitter. Not long after landing in Indianapolis on Monday, Herzlich tweeted: 2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer