Brady has no excuse for pep rally confidence

Tom Brady is no stranger to the podium. He’s quick-witted, articulate, calculated, wears nice-looking (and presumably very expensive) suits and works his words like a politician.

But sometimes, even Brady has to catch himself.

Rewind to Sunday morning, when Brady’s day started at a pep rally at Gillette Stadium, where he told fans “Hopefully we’ll have a lot more people at our party next weekend.” Several hours later at his first press conference of Super Bowl week, Brady was asked if that comment was meant to exude confidence. Or, perhaps the New York-area reporter was insinuating it was some type of, gulp, guarantee.

“Well, it was a pep rally,” Brady deadpanned, barely able to contain his smile as reporters laughed. “People are pretty excited, so …”

Brady fought off the urge to continue his sarcasm, drifting back into a generic answer about the great support from fans. If the reporter had any notion that Brady would extol the virtues of his own leadership or even guarantee anything (such as a Super Bowl win), it ended right there.

Seriously, it was a pep rally. And Brady still has no excuse for being so peppy.

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