Plaxico Burress has disrespected the Patriots because of his 23-17 Super Bowl prediction. The Patriots aren't mad that Plax has picked the Giants to win. No, Tom Brady (in particular) is upset that he has predicted the Patriots to score only 17 points.
"We're only going to score 17 points?" a surprised Brady said Wednesday. "OK. Is Plax playing defense? I wish he had said 45-42 and gave us a little credit for scoring more points."
Brady does have a point, the Patriots have scored at least 20 points in every game this season. So that was a little disrespectful to the Patriots, leading people to believe that they will hold New England to only 17 points on a neutral field with two weeks to prepare. The vaunted Giants defense did limit the Patriots to a mere 38 points in the previous meeting.
The Giants were quick to come to Plaxico's defense, asking, should he predict the Giants to lose? Well, yes. Plaxico should come out and predict that the Giants are going to lose 62-0. Because it's much better to disrespect the Patriots rather than your own teammates. Besides, the Giants play much better when they want to spite one of their own. Have you noticed that the Giants run has been a big "F-You" to Jeremy Shockey and Tiki Barber? Maybe if Plax had picked the Giants to lose, his teammates would have responded the way that they have all year.
Come Plaxico, you have to be smarter than that.