Outside of Foxborough and greater New England, the Patriots are, perhaps, the most hated team in the NFL. Successful? Yeah but loathed by fans from the rest of the NFL which makes stories like this one even juicier! Most Giants, and Colts fans, for that matter, are celebrating that Eli Manning and company kept Tom Brady from a fourth Superbowl ring but can take even more satisfaction that his wife is ripping on the vaunted Patriots.
Shortly after Brady and the Patriots lost out to Eli Manningand the Giants 21-17, the quarterback was reportedly spotted just sitting and staring at the floor of the Patriots locker room in shock for nearly 20 minutes. Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, on the other hand, was seen stalking moodily away from the stadium to meet him with an entourage trailing behind her in a video obtained by TheInsider.com. When fans heckled the supermodel, crying out “Eli rules!” and “Eli owns your husband,” Bundchen kept a tight smile on her face and kept walking. But while waiting for the elevator, she could keep in her frustrations no longer. “You have to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” she said angrily to those around her. “My husband cannot f–king throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
In the last moments of the game, Brady had attempted a Hail Mary pass to a waiting Aaron Hernandez in the end zone, but it was swatted away by the Giants. But by the time Bundchen, 31, met up with Brady, her focus was less on bashing the Patriot receivers who failed to connect with the ball Sunday and more on cheering up a gloomy Brady. The couple embraced as Bundchen whispered words of encouragement to her husband of nearly two years. Said Brady in an interview with Boston.com reporters: “You know, we fought to the end. You know, we’re very proud of that. Just came up a little bit short.”
NEW YORK, New York — (DMN/CBS) – A ticker tape parade awaits the New York Giants this week when the team returns home as Super Bowl champions after defeating the New England Patriots 21-17 on a last-minute touchdown. The Super Bowl victory Sunday night was the fourth for the Giants; the team defeated the Patriots 17-14 in the 2008 title game. New England fans who had hoped their team would avenge the 2008 loss were left crestfallen. But for Giants supporters, the celebration was just beginning.
Early Monday, the Empire State Building was bathed in Giants blue. Later in the day, New York City will conduct a public giveaway for 250 winners for a post-parade ceremony on Tuesday at City Hall Plaza where the team will be given keys to the city. “After nearly missing the playoffs, the Giants have made history by becoming the first NFL team to win the Super Bowl after going 9-7 in the regular season,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said after the Sunday night win. “I look forward to celebrating this victory with all New Yorkers.”
Clutching the championship trophy, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the MVP award winner, said “I just stayed positive” during the seesaw struggle. Assisted by crucial late receptions by Mario Manningham, Manning marched the Giants down the field in the closing minutes of the game. The go-ahead touchdown was scored by running back Ahmad Bradshaw from 6 yards out with 52 seconds remaining. But the Patriots and Tom Brady, who was vying for his fourth championship ring, weren’t quite done. They moved the ball, but had only enough time for a “Hail Mary” pass that bounced away from receivers in the end zone. After trailing the Patriots 17-9 early in the third quarter, the Giants put up the last 12 points of the game to win 21-17.
The Empire State Building was lit up for the New York Giants.
At Stout, a packed sports bar in midtown Manhattan, fans erupted Sunday into cheers and dancing as Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blared over speakers. Thirty-nine-year-old Frank Gerald of Manhattan called the win, “destiny,” and said the Giants had “incredible spirit all year long.” The last time the teams met in the big game in 2008, the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots 17-14 in one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever. Two days later, massive crowds cheered the Giants as they paraded up Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes. A spokesman for the University of Massachusetts in Amherst says 14 people were arrested Sunday night after police in riot gear were forced to disperse hundreds of students when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl.
No arrests were made in Boston and the city remained peaceful. At UMass, police in riot gear and on horseback used flash grenades to disperse hundreds of students who gathered in the main residential part of the campus. Marissa Faldasz, a junior whose dorm room looks out on the part of campus where students gathered, said they were chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” and throwing beer cans and toilet paper rolls.“As soon as the game ended, a bunch of students came running from all across the campus,” she said. UMass spokesman Ed Blaguszewski said police decided to issue a dispersal order when the crowd grew to about 1,500 people in the main residential area of campus.
Alarms sounded and the students left after about a half-hour, then gathered again before leaving for good. Faldasz said she saw students get in fistfights and one fighting with police, but she did not see any ambulances. She said there was a similar incident after Osama bin Laden was killed last year. No one was seriously hurt and no property damage was reported. Thirteen of those arrested were students. Blaguszewski said they are being referred to the dean of students for possible disciplinary action.
In the final three minutes of the game, Twitter saw an average of 10,000 tweets per second, the company said. An estimated 111 million U.S. TV viewers were expected to tune in to the game. Exact figures were not available early Monday morning. As in years past, many watched as much for the ads and the halftime show as for the game itself. Halftime entertainer Madonna provided an eclectic set, morphing from a Roman Empire theme to a high school cheerleader, complete with pom poms and a marching band. She led a collection of performers through a medley that included “Vogue,” “Music,” “Like a Prayer” and “Give Me All Your Luvin.’” But it was a guest performance by artist M.I.A. that generated most of the show’s buzz. She gave network cameras a middle finger salute, while rapping “I don’t give a sh*t.”
The apologies from the NFL and the broadcaster, NBC, came quickly — they blamed each other. “There was a failure in NBC’s delay system,” said Brian McCarty, the league’s vice president of communications. “The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologize to our fans.” “The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.” The episode was reminiscent of the 2004 Super Bowl when singer Janet Jackson’s nipple was briefly exposed during a performance with singer Justin Timberlake.
A bevy of celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, Clint Eastwood and Elton John, showed up in commercials during this year’s broadcast. David Beckham provided eye candy in an H&M underwear ad, which tended to spend more time on his chiseled and tattooed looks than the briefs he was wearing. Another commercial featured a slimmed-down dog chasing after a Volkswagen Beetle. The ads went for a record $3.5 million per 30-second spot. Pop singer Kelly Clarkson started off the festivities with a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” managing to get through the lyrics without a hitch, unlike Christina Aguilera, who caught flak after botching the words at last year’s game.
The city itself strove to prove it could be a major player. It kept one key goal in mind. “I honestly think the best report would be people saying, ‘The game was great and — oh yeah, by the way, Indianapolis was really nice. I had a really good time,’ ” said Tom Griswold, longtime co-host of the Indy-based syndicated radio program “The Bob & Tom Show.”