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Giants Disregard Trash-Talk, Focus on Super Bowl

Aired January 25, 2001 - 4:51 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: It's expected 120 million people will be watching the Super Bowl, at least part of it; 72,000 or so will get to see every bit of the action from the stands or from the sidelines.

And on the sidelines, CNN Sports Illustrated Bob Lorenz with the latest on all the pregame hype there -- Bob.

BOB LORENZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, we've been hearing all about this game all week; the game still three days away, but Thursday was the last day for the Ravens and Giants players to address the media. And there might be more people happy about that than you'd think.

These two teams have taken very different approaches to the game. The Giants have been very quiet and businesslike, while the Ravens, of course, have been very outspoken -- very brash comments made, and you can bet that that has not gone unnoticed by the Giants.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Believe me, we know what they are saying; that's the topic of, you know, our breakfasts in the morning. You know, guys are like, did you hear what they said? Did you see that? You know, so, hey, we're conscious of what they're saying.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know, you take it in, you know, you laugh at it, and no disrespect intended.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That doesn't piss me off; doesn't piss me off at all. I'm just tired of listening to it, and I'm ready to go out there and get this game -- you know, get it played.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If they say it, it's got to be true, right?

We don't listen to anything that anyone says anymore, not the media, not our opponents. We take it as little, subtle motivation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I assess them up for a huge drop on Sunday. They have to carry out what they, you know, promise. I mean, if it doesn't come true, then, I mean, whoo.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're not trying to make this a Don King promotion. You know, it's not a bodybuilding contest -- we just want to win the game and so we're just keeping it to ourselves. UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We take on the personality of Coach Fassel, who told us, you know what -- he told -- I don't want to hear you say anything. Shut up.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

LORENZ: Well, the Giants may be tired of hearing it, but don't be fooled for a minute. They don't mind hearing all this trash talking from the Ravens because, to reiterate what Tiki Barber said, Joie, it only reinforces and gives them great motivation for winning the ultimate prize in football come Sunday.

CHEN: All right, Bob; well, they look pretty motivated.

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