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Super Bowl Roundup: New York papers delve into Gisele’s email and Gronk’s antecedents

02.02.12 at 10:28 am ET
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In an interesting piece of investigative journalism, the New York Post managed to obtain an email allegedly written by Gisele Bundchen asking those close to her to support husband Tom Brady in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The Post ran part of the email as follows: This sunday will be a really important day in my husband’€™s life. He and his team worked so hard to get to this point and now they need us more than ever to send them positive energy so they can fulfill their dream of winning this super bowl … So I kindly ask all of you to join me on this positive chain and pray for him, so he can feel confident, healthy and strong. Envision him happy and fulfilled experiencing with his team a victory this sunday.

The Post seemingly reached out to Bundchen after securing the email, as it included a response from her in the story.

I am surprised that you received this email, Bundchen wrote in a different email to the Post. It was a private note only sent to close friends and family.

The article does not say how the Post found a copy of the email, but it does go on to detail how the email reflects less confidence from Bundchen than Brady showed at the Patriots’ send-off Sunday, when Brady told fans, “Hopefully, we’ll have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”Instead of digging up emails, the New York Daily News found and wrote an article about Victor Cruz‘s Facebook, where they say fans can find an in depth chronicle of his journey from a Paterson, N.J. high school football player to a Super Bowl contender. Fans can even find a list of pregame music that the former University of Massachusetts star will be listening to, including songs by Fabolous, Rick Ross, Drake and Young Jeezy. The Daily News accompanied the post with a full story on how Cruz has tried to stay humble despite his meteoric rise to fame in the New York area.

“I had to work for everything I’€™ve had,” Cruz said to the Daily News. “I just got to focus on remaining myself. And I think just being around my family and staying close-knit with my support system will be huge in keeping me levelheaded and grounded.”

The New York Times refrained from delving into the digital world and instead examined the science and history of the Patriots, specifically that of Rob Gronkowski‘s hands and his touchdown spikes.

Gronkowski’s hands, the Times’ Ben Shpigel reports via graphic and text, measure 10 3/4 inches from thumb to pinkie, meaning they are nearly as long as a football. Shpigel thoroughly traces the effect of Gronkowski’s large hands from high school to the pros, interviewing members of the Patriots’ locker room (“Dude makes big catches with big hands,” Patrick Chung asserts), Gronkowski’s coach at the University of Arizona, Dana Dimel (who calls Gronkowski a “big puppy dog”) and former teammates from college and the NFL.

The Times’ Greg Bishop, meanwhile, examined the history of the touchdown spike as made popular by Gronkowski this season. The celebration, Bishop says, was invented by a Giant. It started back in 1965, when Giants player Homer Jones created the celebration when he spiked the ball in an attempt to avoid a fine that accompanied a celebration in which players tossed the ball into the stands. But Jones, who is now 70 years old, said if he had known what his spike would develop into today, he would have never done it.

“It caused so many things ‘€” obscene things and confusing things,’€ he said. ‘€œI wish I hadn’€™t started it.’€

Read More: Gisele Bundchen, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Victor Cruz
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