FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots players have quickly experienced the demand for Super Bowl tickets, and today they were addressed by team staffers on how to handle those affairs.
"I had like 35 text messages last night, and I don't even have that many friends," kicker Stephen Gostkowski cracked.
"It's crazy, but it's a good problem to have," Gostkowski added. "I don't want to be complaining about people asking for tickets, because that would sound kind of snobby. You just deal with it as soon as possible. We have a great staff of people giving you all the information possible on such short notice that it makes it a lot easier for you."
Receiver/safety Matthew Slater noted that it's easy to get overwhelmed.
"There are a lot of people that want to come to the game, but obviously everybody is not going to be able to come," he said. "Hopefully you get that all settled up here before we head down there, and we can focus on the game. That's really all that matters."
Added receiver/cornerback/returner Julian Edelman, "People are coming out of the woodwork who you haven't seen or heard of in probably 10 years; I got messages from [them]. It's cool. It comes with the territory."
Slater described Monday as a "typical day" for players, as it included weightlifting and making corrections off the game film. There was, however, some Super Bowl talk.
"That was part of it, knowing this is a little bit different than the normal routine and procedure, but we can't get too caught up in that," Slater said.
As for the Giants, Slater said, "It's going to be a tough task for us. These guys are playing well. They're hot at the right time. They have a lot of momentum. Their defense is great. Their front is one of the best I've ever seen, and their quarterback is playing at a very high level right now. We have our hands full with these guys."