PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lawyer Milloy doesn't like hearing about how the New England Patriots are considered underdogs in the AFC title game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Yet he's not going to make a big deal about it -- until Sunday.
"I save that for the field," he said.
Milloy was by far the feistiest performer in the Friday news conference that traditionally leads into the Sunday conference championship games, sessions usually marked by the same standard statements that have been uttered all week.
Most of the session was, as these tend to be, just like that.
The Patriots, said Steelers coach Bill Cowher are "a fine football team." The Steelers, said New England coach Bill Belichick, are "a fine football team."
In fact, until Milloy took the podium, the one "controversial" aspect to the session was the disclosure that Belichick was flying back to Foxboro to be with the Patriots for a walkthrough practice at home Saturday before the team flies here for Sunday's game. Normally, the entire team generally arrives Friday night for a championship game.
"We just want to stick to our normal routine," Belichick said.
But then came Milloy, who put a little edge to the matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 9-point favorites two days before the AFC title game.
It started when he was asked if, like the Steelers, the Patriots had already made their preparations for New Orleans, where the Super Bowl will be played Feb. 3.
"We've got enough to think about with the Steelers without having to think about going to New Orleans."
Then he added:
"You know, I think I know how Mike Tyson felt, sitting on that stage listening to people say 'Lennox Lewis, champion of this, Lennox Lewis, champion of that."' Milloy said. "You get frustrated. We don't feel like we're getting the respect we deserve for the things we've done."
A few minutes later, quarterback Tom Brady -- hardly a trash talker -- chimed in.
"I feel like when people say we're a 'team of destiny' that they don't respect us, that they say we're lucky" Brady said. "We've had a pretty good year. We've earned everything we've gotten."
The he added with a shrug: "Team of destiny? I've been called worse."
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