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January 24, 2011
PITTSBURGH STEELERS, Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl XLV. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls, the Packers have won three and that's just the way it is. The rich get richer and the Eagles search for a defensive coordinator. For whatever it's worth, the right two teams got through yesterday - Packers over Bears, Steelers over Jets. Also, for whatever it's worth, the Eagles aren't a million miles away from playing in this game again. They need a better defense - nobody has ever won a Super Bowl allowing 377 points, which is what the Eagles allowed in 2010 - but they do not necessarily need a great defense.
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March 1, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS ? On Thursday at midnight, it's very possible there will be a "closed" sign hanging in the window of the National Football League. How long it stays there is anybody's guess. Could be a month. Could be 6 months. Could be a lot, lot longer. It's the lot-lot-longer possibility that's got many people in this city a tad nervous right now. You see, a little less than a year from now, Super Bowl XLVI is scheduled to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts, where the NFL is in the final day of its annual predraft scouting combine.
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January 23, 2012 | by Vegas Vic
EVEN AFTER A sweet road overtime victory, the oddsmakers apparently were not overly impressed by the New York Giants, and opened the New England Patriots as a 3-point favorite in Super Bowl XLVI. We have even seen a couple of 4s at the Wynn sportsbook and the Mirage. I wouldn't expect the line to grow any higher than 4 over the next 2 weeks. My inkling would be that the betting evens out and the line ends up being right at 3 by the time they tee it up. So, if you are looking to squeeze the extra digit and the Giants and you can find a 4, you might want to book that sooner than later, since it may not be there come Super Bowl weekend.
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February 1, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Nate Jones and Todd Bowles go way back. They first met when the Dallas Cowboys drafted Jones in the seventh round of the 2004 NFL draft, and Bowles was the Cowboys' defensive backs coach. Four years later, they teamed up again when Jones followed Bowles to Miami for another two seasons. And again they were reunited when Jones briefly returned to the Dolphins earlier this season. So it's fair to say Jones, now with the Patriots, knows what the Eagles will be getting after hiring Bowles to be defensive backs coach on Monday.
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February 9, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NEW YORK GIANTS running back Brandon Jacobs apologized last night for telling reporters Tuesday that Gisele Bundchen should "stay cute and shut up. " Jacobs, speaking on ESPN's The Doug Gottlieb Show, said he should respect Tom Brady's wife. "Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," Jacobs said yesterday. "It's his wife and I should respect that just as much as anyone else. " Jacobs, however, stood by his comments on Bundchen's appearance, again calling her "cute.
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September 7, 2011
THE PROBLEM for the Eagles is that an ill-advised word here and a slip of the tongue there have combined to set them up for the biggest failure since the 2003 squad that finished 12-4 lost the NFC Championship Game at home to the Carolina Panthers. "Dream Team" and "all-in" are self-inflicted labels that will go down in Eagles lore with "the gold standard" if the Birds don't end up hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of Super Bowl XLVI. The problem is that while expectations are in the stratosphere, the Eagles aren't the on-paper favorite to win the Super Bowl, and they should not be. The Birds definitely have the talent of an elite team and no one should be surprised if the franchise's Super Bowl drought finally ends.
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February 9, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
"We have the greatest, most loyal fans in the world. " - N.Y. Giants owner John Mara. "Our fans are obviously the best in the world. "   - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "Redskins fans are the greatest fans in the world. "   - Washington owner Daniel Snyder. "We do have the best fans in the world. " - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Super Bowl XLVI had been over a mere III or IV minutes when the gratuitous glorifications began.
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January 31, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The availability of a tight end generally isn't a subject that prompts a lot of chatter in the days leading up to a football game. But Rob Gronkowski isn't your run-of-the-mill tight end and Sunday's battle between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants isn't your run-of-the-mill football game. Gronkowski, who suffered a high ankle sprain late in the third quarter of the Patriots' 23-20 win over Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game, is a fairly important part of the Pats' offense.
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January 30, 2012
HERE IS A hypothetical the Eagles should be thinking about down at One NovaCare Way. If the Eagles truly are the risk-takers, innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers that owner Jeffrey Lurie continually claims they are, they should be closely monitoring what's happening in Indianapolis - and I don't mean Super Bowl XLVI. Reading the tea leaves, it's almost 99.99 percent certain the Colts are going to release Peyton Manning rather than pay the $28 million team option due on March 8. Despite the joint statement on Friday by Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay to "dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us," speculation is that it's almost an inevitability that the 14-year union between the team and the NFL's only four-time MVP will end. The Colts have the first overall pick in the draft and would be idiots if they don't begin their rebuilding with Stanford's Andrew Luck, who might be the most highly regarded quarterback prospect since Manning in 1998.
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February 6, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Last Monday, New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich arrived for Super Bowl XLVI and tweeted the following: "2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer. " Even though Herzlich did not play in Sunday's game - he was inactive - the Conestoga High graduate's three-year odyssey from learning he had cancer and being told he would never play football again to being at the Super Bowl was one of the stories of the week.
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February 9, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
"We have the greatest, most loyal fans in the world. " - N.Y. Giants owner John Mara. "Our fans are obviously the best in the world. "   - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "Redskins fans are the greatest fans in the world. "   - Washington owner Daniel Snyder. "We do have the best fans in the world. " - Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Super Bowl XLVI had been over a mere III or IV minutes when the gratuitous glorifications began.
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February 9, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NEW YORK GIANTS running back Brandon Jacobs apologized last night for telling reporters Tuesday that Gisele Bundchen should "stay cute and shut up. " Jacobs, speaking on ESPN's The Doug Gottlieb Show, said he should respect Tom Brady's wife. "Given the fact that it's a colleague of mine's wife, I do apologize for saying that, because I shouldn't have said that," Jacobs said yesterday. "It's his wife and I should respect that just as much as anyone else. " Jacobs, however, stood by his comments on Bundchen's appearance, again calling her "cute.
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February 8, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
HARRISBURG - The Eagles fan leaned in close, as defensive end Trent Cole signed T-shirts for charity and promoted his hunting enterprises in the Lancaster Archery booth at the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show, the largest such event in North America. Racks of camouflage clothing, acres of unusual taxidermy and bins of deer jerky seemingly stretched to the horizon in each direction. "If you get Eli down, could you just give his neck a little extra twist for me?" the man asked.
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February 7, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - If Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning had difficulty digging through the confetti and making sense of their improbable run to another Super Bowl title, then the Eagles are unlikely to gather much from the Giants' victory here and apply it to their chances for next season. Coughlin and Manning, as winning coach and MVP of Super Bowl XLVI, met with reporters Monday, a mere 10 hours after the Giants had "upset" the New England Patriots, 21-17. And while their answers were expansive and soaked from the euphoria of their second championship together, they did little to reveal a hidden secret to their success.
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February 7, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NEW ENGLAND Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed that Josh McDaniels will be the team's offensive coordinator next season. McDaniels was brought in during the playoffs to serve as an offensive assistant. He was widely seen as the heir to offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who had been hired to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State. But it wasn't official until Belichick confirmed the move yesterday, a day after the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, 21-17.
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February 7, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Sports fans bet $93.9 million at Nevada casinos on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, the most wagered in the last decade. The Gaming Control Board said that unaudited tallies show 184 sports books won a little more than $5 million on the football action. New England was about a three-point favorite, but the Giants won, 21-17. It was a different story for Nevada casinos when the same teams played in the 2008 Super Bowl. The Patriots opened as 14-point favorites four years ago, but Giants backers bet the line down to 12 points and were paid when New York earned a 17-14 win. Nevada casinos lost the most money ever on the Super Bowl that year - $2.6 million.
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February 6, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Last Monday, New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich arrived for Super Bowl XLVI and tweeted the following: "2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatSh*tCancer. " Even though Herzlich did not play in Sunday's game - he was inactive - the Conestoga High graduate's three-year odyssey from learning he had cancer and being told he would never play football again to being at the Super Bowl was one of the stories of the week.
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February 5, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Like many, Kurt Warner didn't think much of Eli Manning when he first saw him play. And like many who slighted Manning because he played for the hated New York Giants, or because they thought he was treated like royalty because of his name or because he made that Eli face, Warner probably didn't give him a fair shake for personal bias. You see, Warner was the starting quarterback when the Giants traded for Manning - who will start at quarterback for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday against the New England Patriots - at the 2004 NFL draft.
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February 5, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - This is where it stands as the New England Patriots and New York Giants finally get down to playing Sunday's 46th edition of the Super Bowl: The Patriots are bloodthirsty for revenge after the Giants embarrassed them four years ago and thwarted their run to 19 games of perfection. Bill Belichick, despite his efforts to say the contrary, has used that loss to motivate his players. As relaxed as the New England coach has seemed this week, Belichick has a chance to win his fourth title and warrant mention as the greatest coach the game has ever had. The same holds true for the Patriots' Tom Brady, who would join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
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February 4, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - You have officially become a phenomenon when Madonna mimics your end-zone celebration salsa. Victor Cruz's undrafted-to-all-pro story is one that has been oft-told in the NFL: Small-school prospect gets overlooked by teams, scrapes his way onto a roster, gets a break when a player is injured, and goes on to capitalize on his opportunity. But Cruz's tale is no less worth retelling. In fact, it may prove to be the best of the lot. His season has been that special and is still a game away from being over.
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