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DALLAS – Hines Ward – soon to be all of 35 – stroked his whiskers and pondered the suggestion. Yes, he liked being called a mentor. Donald Driver, who just turned 36, winced a bit before admitting that, yes, he liked it, too.
FORT WORTH, Texas – James Harrison needs protection. From himself.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Casey Hampton is listed at 325 pounds. The way his jersey stretches tautly across his biceps (and belly) suggests the real number is north of that. Asked for his actual weight, the Steelers nose tackle says, “It’s 300 and change. Lots of change.” Hampton is one of 26 players on the Green Bay and Pittsburgh Super Bowl rosters who tip the scale at more than 300 pounds – an eye-popping number made more startling when you put it in historical context.
Who doesn’t watch the Super Bowl? I recently polled all of America and discovered that the only people not hunkering down to football on the upcoming gridiron national holiday are the proprietors of the 2,639 nail salons operating in Los Angeles.
FORT WORTH, Texas – I always looked at the eyes. I would stare into the eyes of the Super Bowl participants, measure their responses to our weeklong inquiries, and by the weekend of the big game I would be emboldened enough to predict a winner.
FORT WORTH, Texas – The big rodeo – the Super Bowl – is in town. If Monday is an indication, this could be a wild week in Big D. Video cameras and cowboy hats were in order for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers when they arrived six days before their NFL championship game.
If you have plans to host a Super Bowl party you may have to deal with trash talking between guests, but you don’t have to deal with bags of trash. Do your part by hosting a greener party, no matter what colors your team sports.
PITTSBURGH – Some of Ben Roethlisberger’s first words after winning his most recent Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers were to pay tribute to his offensive line. “Who’s laughing now, O-line?” Roethlisberger proudly exclaimed two years ago.
Basketball: Carmelo Anthony is heading to New Jersey – with the Denver Nuggets. Anthony (pictured) and the Nuggets make a visit to New Jersey tonight for the first time since Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov ended the drawn-out trade talks with Denver.
They are members of a fraternity they never wanted to join, united in their misery. Their initiation was the result of misfortune, incompetence or a combination of both. They have dropped passes, thrown interceptions, fumbled and stumbled in front of millions of viewers in the most prestigious football game in the United States. They are Super Bowl Goats, a collection of men assigned blame for their teams’ failed bids to win a championship. 11 Rich Karlis, Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XXI
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Linebacker Desmond Bishop says the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger by watching video of how not to bring down the Steelers’ big quarterback. The lowlight package put together by Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers featured other teams, but it also could have included the Packers as they work toward their matchup with Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.
TRACK: Bernard Lagat was interested in only one thing when Ethiopian Deresse Mekonnen (front in photo) was asked if he’d be back to defend his title in the Wanamaker Mile. In fact, he had the follow-up question: “How old is he?” “Oh, you still have a long ways, man,” the 36-year-old Lagat said upon hearing his competitor was just 23.
PITTSBURGH – The mighty Pittsburgh Steelers, equipped with a record six Super Bowl titles, a 14-4 record, the No. 2 AFC seed and a veteran roster on the verge of three championships in the past six seasons, are underdogs for Super Bowl XLV. Really?
PITTSBURGH – The mighty Pittsburgh Steelers, equipped with a record six Super Bowl titles, a 14-4 record, the No. 2 AFC seed and a veteran roster on the verge of three championships in the past six seasons, are underdogs for Super Bowl XLV. Really? Don’t worry. It’s not you. It doesn’t make much sense to the Steelers, either.