Patriots Settling Into Indy

Super Bowl week gets into high gear with local radio stations beginning their radio row broadcasts and media day this morning.

Just because they’re saying it about Super Bowl XLVI doesn’t mean it’s true – Jonathan Comey looks at a few myths being perpetrated this week, including the oft-repeated statements about the Patriots awful defense.

Dispatches from Indy: Introspective Bill – Chad Finn looks at a very pleasant Bill Belichick yesterday. Mike Reiss says Belichick is smiling because he likes his team.

The Tuna bites, talks about coaches – Dan Shaughnessy talks to Bill Parcells about his two former assistants. Good piece from Shaughnessy, likely because of the 1149 words, he only wrote 436 of them. The rest is all Parcells quotes.

Similarities run deep with Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin – Ron Borges looks at the similarities and respect between the two coaches.

Veterans thrilled to reach pinnacle at last – Ian Rapoport has grizzled veterans like Shaun Ellis, Brian Waters and Gerard Warren thrilled to be going their their first Super Bowl.

Man in motion – John Powers has a feature on Aaron Hernandez, who is much more than just another tight end.

The Death of Spygate – Kirk Minihane wonders why the likes of Michael Felger and Bob Ryan feel the need to bring back Spygate this week.

For N.Y. headline writers, the game is on – Jim Donaldson has the New York newspapers going all out in supporting the Giants, even making things up. Tom E Curran has Victor Cruz’s win guarantee, with a shout out to BSMW.

Venting on media bashing, nutso fans and other things – Ron Chimelis is in a rotten mood.  

Some happy to fly under the radar – Mark Farinella’s notebook has some lesser-known Patriots seeing the spotlight. The Globe notebook from Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots with a business-like practice yesterday. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has BenJarvus Green-Ellis testing a new chinstrap.

In the non-Super Bowl arena, Jessica Camerato has a feature on Celtics rookie Greg Stiemsma and his battle with depression.

Victor Cruz Guarantees Giants Win

I post this only as an example of how silly all of this is.

In the NY Post, which boasts this back cover today:

Steve Serby says that the Giants will make Brady pay for planning Patriots victory party.

What did Brady actually say?

“We’re going down there, and we’re going down there for one reason. We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we’ll have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”

Wow. “Hopefully.” That’s quite the taunt.

In the same paper yesterday there is a story entitled Patriots’ McCourty beat Giants’ Cruz for Rutgers scholarship.

In the story, Giants receiver Victor Cruz is quoted thusly:

At a pep rally at School 21 in his hometown of Paterson, NJ yesterday, Cruz gave the frenzied crowd of 5,000 a Joe Namath-style guarantee that he’ll prevail against his old nemesis.

We are definitely coming back with a ‘W,’ ” he said to wild cheers.

Actually, the entire premise of the story, which is that Cruz lost out on a scholarship to Rutgers because it was given to current Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty instead, is bunk. McCourty’s brother Jason tweeted the following last night:

[blackbirdpie id=”163842030320091136″]