Most Read: Sports

http://www.washingtonpost.com/2010/07/06/ABMK8PP_linkset.html
The Early Lead
Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 02/05/2012

Super Bowl 2012: Giants website proclaims team “champions” on eve of big game

Updated at 2:39 p.m.

For a short time Saturday night, around 24 hours ahead of today’s 6:29 p.m. EST kickoff, an image celebrating the New York Giants as the champions of Super Bowl XLVI appeared on the team’s website.

Oops.


Doh. (Giants.com / via ESPN)
“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.”

Pesky URLs. The headline on giants.com’s main page read “The Giants are Super Bowl champions!” and featured an ad for official championship gear. Good thing Giants Coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t have a problem with bulletin-board material, no matter how accidental.

“I know there have been one or two quotes out there,” Coughlin said. “But to be honest with you, I don’t know that any one of them have been any different than Tom Brady’s [party line].”

Nor was Chris Canty of the Giants deterred. He predicted a final of “Giants 28, NewEngland 17” with a tweet shortly after noon EST.

The Patriots got into the act on Sunday, with a New England sporting good store advertising championship gear.

More Super Bowl coverage from Washington Post Sports:

Forget brawn. Which quarterback is closer to being a rocket scientist?

Giants, Patriots reload around coaches, QBs

Outcome could hinge on Giants’ pass rushers vs. Patriots’ blockers

Early Lead: Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin meet again on Super Bowl stage

The League: Ten talking points for Super Bowl Sunday

Early Lead: Giants, Pats on the defensive

Early Lead: Gronkowski ‘okay this morning,’ Belichick says

Super Bowl roster breakdown

Hamilton: You can only hope to escape the hype

Early Lead: Giants’ Herzlich battles cancer, inspires

The League: Tom Brady must be at his best for Patriots to beat Giants

The League: Fearless predictions

New England Patriots have chance to rank with NFL’s top dynasties

Hard Hits: It’s been an amazing week

More on Super Bowl commercials:

The sexiest, sexist Super Bowl ads

10 more ads to see before the big game

Video: D.C. native wins spot in Super Bowl ad

Marketing hype for Super Bowl XLVI runs from condoms and cookies to beer and cars

Video: Ads to be aired during Super Bowl 2012

Early Lead: Volkswagen, Star Wars team up again in ‘The Dog Strikes Back’

Early Lead: Coca-Cola brings back the polar bears

By  |  12:39 PM ET, 02/05/2012

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company