Feb. 1, 2008
Winning isn’t everything, particularly if losing means you get to glimpse Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen striding naked down the Great White Way. A trip to the Super Bowl has suddenly presented the Patriots with an unexpected dilemma: a choice between a perfect record and beholding the perfect body, unclad and in motion.
In the aftermath of their 21-12 victory over the San Diego Chargers, Tom Brady’s celebrated girlfriend startled onlookers by promising to run naked down Broadway in the unlikely event the Patriots lose to the Arizona-bound N.Y. Giants — unlikely until the very moment she parted her full lips and made the surprise announcement.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin suspects there’s more to Bundchen’s announcement than meets the eye and detects a whiff of classic Belichick gamesmanship.
“Belichick is behind this, I can smell it. He wants us going into the game thinking his team is distracted and conflicted. First off, I’m not going to have the girlfriend of an opposing quarterback run naked on our home turf. Second, if Bill wants to play that game, fine. If the Patriots win, our offensive line will run buck naked through the streets of Foxborough. That’s over 1,000 pounds of highly repulsive man-meat. Your move, Belichick.”