The "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline is the most famous example of premature jocularity in media history, but on Saturday, the New York Giants inadvertently came a little too close to that mistake for a while on their official homepage:
Uh, yeah. They haven't kicked anything off just yet, guys. The web team for each franchise has to prepare these graphics in advance so that they can go right up for the winning side, but someone on the Giants' tech group clearly put this up on the real site when they were looking for the back door. Of course, the page was taken down quickly.
"It is common practice for both teams to create web pages in advance of the conference championship games and Super Bowl," the NFL said in a statement. "In this case, the hidden URL for the page was inadvertently available for a brief period of time while it was being positioned on the NFL server for possible post tomorrow night."
I don't know ... the Giants have been cocky all week about their chances. Maybe the web guys just caught the fever.
On Tuesday, Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty said that New Yorkers should get ready for a victory parade. Pats receiver Deion Branch responded that, well, anybody can throw a parade. Perennially braggadocious safety Antrel Rolle said that the Giants wouldn't have boarded the plane for Indianapolis if they expected to lose. And during Tuesday's media session, Rolle laid it out like this: "We're going to win this thing. We're going to win this thing for a lot of good reasons."
Makes sense, of course, You don't want to come to a Super Bowl thinking you're going to get waxed. Even a few Buffalo Bills had to think they had a shot in the days before their fourth straight Lombardi loss in the early 1990s.
But that splash page? Not so much. The Giants may indeed be using that page for real on Sunday night, but you know what they say about counting your chickens...
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