Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:19 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 8:30 pm
 

EoF on the scene: Super Bowl XLVI, Day 1

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By Ryan Wilson

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's officially Super Bowl Week, which means that the Patriots and Giants met with the media for the first of many press conferences Monday. (Click on the photos to open in a new window.)



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Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:57 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Eli trips up talking about end of Peyton's career

Eli's smirk after his miscue says it all. (NFL.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Manning spent the better part of his nine-plus minute press conference on Monday answering questions about big brother Peyton Manning. As it turns out, they're related, and Peyton did many things that a big brother does. Like talking and stuff.

But there's a very interesting little moment at the end of Eli's press conference. You can watch it at NFL.com, and the moment we're talking about occurs at the 8:30 mark, when Eli is asked about playing in Indianapolis.

“I really have not thought much about playing in Indianapolis," Manning said. "It’s not really a time to reflect right now on that. It’s just a matter of trying to get ready for the Patriots and get ready to play this game, and get ready for their defense. We’ll look back on the fact of playing in the Super Bowl in the town where he plays for the Colts.

"And we'll look back on the fact that playing a Super Bowl in Peyton's, in the town where he played his NFL, uhhhh, you know plays for the Colts. So we'll look on that later."

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Emphasis is ours and we fully expect this post to result in a backlash of "you media losers are just desperate for a story"-type comments.

We're OK with that. Because if that's how you feel than you didn't actually watch the video and/or see the smirk that Eli had on his face as the presser wrapped up.

Maybe it was a legitimate slip of the tongue and Eli doesn't know anything about what Peyton plans to do and/or can do in the future, football-wise. But he definitely slipped up.

And it should make for an awkward -- and not likely encouraging -- text from his big brother some time in the near future.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Herzlich: Take that cancer!

By Josh Katzowitz

Mark Herzlich, as you might know, is kind of a bad ass. He survived cancer and became a solid member of the Giants defense toward the end of his rookie season.

And he is playing in the Super Bowl. Which he kindly pointed out in the following tweet that pretty much says it all.

Herzlich tweet

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 7:33 pm
 

NYG take more conservative approach to logistics

New York arriving in Indianapolis on Monday (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- On Sunday, the Patriots held a pep rally for 25,000 screaming New England fans at Gillette Stadium before they departed for the airport and Indianapolis. The Giants took a slightly different approach.

They left New Jersey Monday without much fanfare and landed here in the afternoon, proceeding directly to their hotel at the downtown Marriott and holding their welcoming news conference.

So, why did the Giants come in a day later and not hold the kind of festivities enjoyed by the Patriots? It’s simple, Tom Coughlin said. This same formula worked when the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

“This was the path we followed four years ago,” Coughlin said. “We came to it based on research we had done before. From the hotel to the setting to the meeting rooms to see those guys walking around and finding their way around, that will be all taken care of when we get to work Wednesday. This whole process, the way in which our schedule was established, it was good for us the last time we did it. We tinkered it a little bit here and there with some of the circumstances, like meeting rooms and that type of thing, but the schedule remains the same.”

Logistically, this Super Bowl is interesting for the Patriots and the Giants. Both teams are staying downtown and will have plenty of opportunities to walk around the city and take in the atmosphere. Which could be positive or negative. Not that Coughlin has any say in the matter.

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“I don’t want to be concerned about something I didn’t really have anything to do with --  it doesn’t make any sense to me, “Coughlin said. “We try to make our team aware of it. What it means to be located in the center of town. What it means to be in a community where no matter where they go, everybody is going to know who they  are. That could be a good thing, but you have to make sure you understand your circumstances and that you go forth as a pro.”

Even linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who hails from Indianapolis, is wary about having too much fun.

“This is a business trip for us,” he said. “We want to make sure that everyone is focused. If there’s anything I can do to keep these guys out of trouble, that’s more my purpose.”

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:24 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Belichick: Revenge is not a factor for Super Bowl

Belichick says revenge isn't a factor for the Pats. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Perhaps you've heard by now, but the Patriots and Giants squared off in the Super Bowl previously. The Giants won that game back in 2007 and there's a common theme around Indy relating to getting revenge.

Well, to be more accurate: everyone would like there to be a common theme relating to revenge. Because Bill Belichick's not buying into the idea, even though former Patriots -- and members of that 2007 team -- like Rodney Harrison have said revenge would be a factor.

"You can talk to all those guys. Their opinion is their opinion," Belichick said during his press conference Monday. "I see this game as this game. And there aren't really that many guys who played in the last game four years ago. This team is this team."

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Belichick doesn't just think the teams are different from the 2007 renditions. He believes the teams squaring off Sunday are different than the two teams that met in Week 9 of the 2011 season.

"I think our team is different than what it was at midseason," Belichick said. "I think it's different than what it was in December. I think the Giants are a different team than we played in November. I think they're a different team than they were in December.

"So this game ... the elements of it are what we have in front of us. Not what happened two months ago, not what happened two years ago, four years ago, whatever it was."

This won't be the last time Belichick has to talk about the 2007 Super Bowl. He'll be consistently reminded of his team's failures against the Giants throughout the week and it's entirely possible that by the time the Super Bowl actually gets here, revenge will be a factor.

But as of right now, it's the focus of the Patriots locker room. Or so Belichick says.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:14 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning: 'I love him'

Irsay, Manning

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The relationship between Colts owner Jim Irsay and quarterback Peyton Manning seemingly has broken down in the past two weeks after Irsay fired Jim Caldwell. Not knowing whether Manning’s fused neck will heal enough to allow him to play again and not knowing whether the Colts will want to bring him back, the two have had an ugly spat that’s played out in the media.

In fact, the two felt compelled to release a dual statement in which they proclaimed, “We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us. … We have always been able to talk and address matters we’ve faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends.”

But as CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco wrote, Irsay shouldn’t forget that the play of Manning in elevating the franchise allowed this city to earn a Super Bowl bid.

Irsay hasn’t.

“To look at Peyton as an owner, it’s what you dream about having a player like that,” Irsay said Monday. “You’re so blessed to have someone come in and to be such a part of the community and to be part of the golden era. Eventually, there will be the statue and all those things. We’ve been through a lot of battles together, but we’re very close. Some of the things that get out there, there’s probably a misconception because we’re family. We’ve given each other flak. He’s competitive and so am I. But I love him.”

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After the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee presser was over Monday afternoon, a horde of media trailed Irsay for more sound, but he didn’t want to comment on Manning’s future with the organization, preferring instead to focus on the actual game this week.

“What he’s meant to the franchise and what we’ve done, he played a huge role in that,” Irsay said. “That’s obvious.”

Indiana governor Mitch Daniels also recognized the importance of Manning and Irsay.

“Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay are two of the most important figures in the world of professional football,” Daniels said. “What everyone needs to know is they are equally great citizens. They have been role models for other citizen and leaders. Our job has been made a whole lot easier by the exemplary leadership each of them has provided. We couldn’t be luckier.”

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:12 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Irsay says Super Bowl in London is possibility

IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The members of the Super Bowl committee lately have been content to award hosting duties in cities in the northern part of the U.S. For instance, Indianapolis here and New Jersey in 2014. But what about an international Super Bowl?

Apparently, that’s been something the committee has discussed.

“There’s a little bit of change in philosophy,” Irsay said Monday. “We have the 50-year anniversary coming up, which we’re looking at. There are some members of our committee who have been thinking about having an international Super Bowl in London. That obviously has some real pluses and minuses if you weren’t going to have it on America soil. Right now, we’re in a wait-and-see approach.”

Los Angeles also has drawn some interest from the Super Bowl committee, assuming the Farmer Field project is completed at some point. But London? It seems … well … not very fan-friendly and, probably more importantly, not very corporate-friendly.

It is good news that the committee is willing to get out of the San Diego-Miami-New Orleans rotation every once in a while. Though Dallas, in many ways, had problems, Indianapolis has been a dream so far. Of course, Super Bowl XLVI will be played in a dome, and if the weather drops to 30 degrees and snow begins to fall here, it won’t matter.

The same can’t be said for the New Meadowlands Super Bowl in two years.

“We’re always looking at new stadiums, in warm weather or in a dome,” Irsay said. “We’re obviously going to have a trial weather balloon on that in New York. It could be interesting.”

London could be interesting as well. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea.

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