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Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:22 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Media Day viewing for fans will cost big bucks

Super Bowl Media Day from Dallas (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Here’s how much the local fans are embracing their city’s first Super Bowl. They’ve sold out the 7,000 tickets made available to watch Media Day. Not only that, but they’re being made available on the secondary ticket market for more than 14 times their face value.

This is not unlike last year’s Super Bowl in Dallas when fans could buy tickets to stand outside the stadium and watch the game on video boards for a face value ticket of $200. At least with the Media Day event, fans will be inside Lucas Oil Field and can watch live events occurring on the field.

But in order to do so, you’re going to have to pay up.

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Originally, tickets to media cost $25, but those passes, via Ticketmaster, are sold out. On StubHub, one person is selling two tickets for $350 (!) a piece. You can also get a ticket for the less insane* prices of $150 and $79 a piece.

*Let’s be honest, though. Buying a scalped ticket for Media Day seems rather insane anyway.

And though I’m being snarky in this post, I actually think it’s pretty cool these tickets are made available. For the fans who can’t get into the actual game, participating in some part of Super Bowl week activity will be a fun experience. To see live players less than 30 yards away will be exciting.

And for a city to show overboard enthusiasm, like we’re seeing so far, that only can help in getting the NFL to bestow another Super Bowl on this city in the near future.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:01 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Report: Peyton Manning struggling to get healthy

Manning 'determined' to play in 2012. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It's been more than a year since Peyton Manning played in an NFL game, but just five weeks out from a $28 million roster bonus coming due, the Colts have to make a decision on his future in Indianapolis. Teams are already lining up for his services (allegedly, of course) -- both those with obvious quarterback needs and others who may be willing to reconsider their current quarterback situation.

The problem: no one knows how healthy Manning is. He missed the 2011 season after undergoing three neck surgeries in two years, and Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported Sunday that Manning is struggling to get healthy before March 8, the day he's to receive the aforementioned roster bonus.

King adds: "No one knows yet if he'll play at all. In the last few days ... I've heard mixed reports about his physical condition. There is no guarantee he'll be healthy enough for any team to build its offense around."

King also seconded something we wrote on the Eye on Football blog: Colts owner Jim Irsay didn't make a decision on Manning's future "weeks ago."

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"I talked to Colts owner Irsay over the weekend, and he insisted, contrary to an NFL.com report that he decided 'weeks ago' to part ways with Manning, that he hasn't done any such thing," King wrote Monday.

"There has been no decision,'' Irsay told King. "This thing is still up in the air. I guarantee you I have not made the decision."

On Monday, Peyton's non-football-playing brother, Cooper, told NFL Network's Albert Breer that Manning was "determined" to play in 2012.

"What I do know is Peyton is going to do every single thing a human being can possibly do to get ready to play again," Cooper said from New Orleans according to Breer. "Where, when and how he'll play, that's all up in the air. But as far as his body goes, Peyton's smart, he'll know what to do. Anyone predicting what will happen now going forward is just wasting their breath. But he is working as hard as anyone can work to get out there again." 

Without knowing the state of Manning's recovery but with Irsay having already begun the housecleaning process, it's fair to assume that Manning may have played his last game for the Colts. He won't be out of work long, though; in fact, we wouldn't be surprised if some truly desperate team took a flier on him even if he's not yet cleared to return to the field. After all, the NFL is a passing league woefully short on passers. 

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:58 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Belichick jokes about 4th and 2, Indy hospitality

By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick, by virtue of the rivalry between the Colts and Patriots, isn't a really popular guy here in Indy. But he said at his introductory press conference on Sunday night that he's gotten much more "Hoosier hospitality" ever since his decision to go for a now-infamous 4th and two call against the Colts in 2009.

"I've never had much hospitality here until I went for it on fourth and two," Belichick joked on Sunday.

The play he's referring to has been dubbed "The Call" -- on fourth and two from his own 28 against the Colts with just over two minutes remaining, Belichick went for the first down, but Melvin Bullitt stuffed Kevin Faulk after the running back caught a short pass from Tom Brady.

That gamble was analyzed a million times and it's absolutely considered one of the worst moments of Belichick's distinguished coaching career.

His joke on Sunday was indicative of the mood of Belichick's presser, as well as the rest of the Patriots. They seemed light-hearted and energetic.

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Tom Brady was asked if his telling Pats fans he hoped next week brought a bigger party than the one they saw in New England prior to departing for Indianapolis was indicative of his confidence for this game, and the quarterback was just as glib as his coach.

"It was a pep rally," Brady deadpanned.

Expect the Pats demeanor to frost up a bit as the week goes on. It's been clear throughout the postseason just how much bringing home the Lombardi Trophy means to them.

For now, though, they're clearly quite happy to be in Indianapolis with a shot at redemption for 2007. And maybe 2009 as well.

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:17 pm
 

25,000 Pats fans send team on way to Indy

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Showing their dedication to their beloved Patriots -- or just proving that there’s not much going on in Foxboro on non-football Sunday mornings -- New England fans waved goodbye to their team during a pep rally just before the Patriots took buses to the airport that led them here Sunday evening.

The team website points out that an estimated crowd of 25,000 descended upon Gillette Stadium for the pep rally.

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One of the highlights of the day was Wes Welker’s appearance in front of the mic. “Y’all ready for some football?” shouted Welker, who couldn’t finish a sentence without the crowd cheering madly for him. “Are you going to yell at everything I say?” he said before yielding the stage to his teammates.

Some players dressed garishly stylishly, as Deion Branch sported a white sports coat and linebacker Brandon Spikes somehow successfully showed off his pink suit.

“We’re going on a business trip,” linebacker Jerod Mayo told the crowd. “Hopefully we can bring back a championship.”

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Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:42 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Madonna Super Bowl setlist revealed in NFL mag

We know at least three of the songs Madonna will play at the Super Bowl. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- If you're like us, you've been wondering exactly what songs Madonna would play at halftime of the Super Bowl. Sure, there's been some chatter about the various numbers she'll drop, but nothing official.

However, for our Sunday afternoon flight to Indy, we picked up a copy of the new NFL Magazine and three songs are confirmed by the league in a blurb about the Material Girl: "Gimme All Your Luvvin," "Ray of Light," and "En Vogue."

"Though Madonna's set list was not officially announced at press time, fans might expect her to give all her luvvin', provide a ray of light and be in vogue with her music," the magazine reads. "The Super Bowl is almost a national holiday, after all."

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Though we wholeheartedly agree about the holiday aspect of things, we're kind of unsure exactly what that has to do with Madonna playing a new single.

Whatever, we appreciate the NFL dropping some nuggets in the magazine, which was a pretty enjoyable read. Also, for those that hadn't noticed yet, Madonna's going to have the people from Circque du Soleil with her. That alone's worth the price of admission.

Oh yeah, and if you can still get odds on what song Madonna's playing first, you might want to hustle up on that.

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Posted on: January 28, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Umenyiora and Matt Light are not great friends

O. Umenyiora apparently has a problem with M. Light (Getty).

By Josh Katzowitz

Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora is not such a big fan of Patriots left tackle Matt Light.

"I don't know what it is that he does, but it's something that he's doing that really gets under my skin," Umenyiora said, via CSNNE.com. "Because I'm not that type of guy, you know what I mean? He's probably the only person I've ever fought on a football field."

Three times, in fact, the two have squared off on the football field, including the Super Bowl four years ago, and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck likes to needle Umenyiora by saying Light is undefeated against him.

When Patriots guard Brian Waters heard Umenyiora’s analysis about Light, he let out a chuckle. Is Matt Light -- and his teammates -- playing mindgames with the Giants?

“There is a little bit of that but for the most part, it’s a physical game,” Waters said, via the AP. “The mental part is making sure you know who you’re blocking from play to play. For them, they have their own assignments that they have to be accountable to. That’s probably the strongest mental part. All the other itty-bitty games that are played during the course of a game, there’s definitely going to be some of that gamesmanship at some point.”

As for Umenyiora’s plans in the Super Bowl?

"I think [Light is] more important to his team than I am to mine right now," he said, "so if we can both fight, we both get kicked out and [Jean-Pierre Paul] and Tuck will have a field day."

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Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:32 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 7:35 pm
 

Ferris Bueller takes day off in new Super Bowl ad

By Will Brinson

Matthew Broderick is embracing an old role for a Super Bowl commercial, as he'll be playing the role of Ferris Bueller for an as-yet-unknown advertiser.

We know this because "Coming Soon" recently posted a 10-second teaser for an advertisement (yes, these are things now apparently).

In the clip (below), Broderick walks to the window and opens up the shades to his room, reciting a familiar quote from the move, with a small change.

Then we get the *bow-bow ... chicka-chicka-ka* tune annnnnnd scene.

What's the advertisement for? No one knows. My best guess is Holiday Inn Express, although I like Five-Hour Energy as a dark horse. Mrs. Brinson thinks it's vacation-related (Expedia and/or something with really quick booking) since he's going to inevitably skip work to go and have fun. But she's also smarter than me.

Leave your guesses in the comments after you fire up the nostalgia machine, and just be glad Broderick's finally embracing the only role he'll ever be known for.



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Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Belichick: Gronkowski won't practice today

GronkowskiBy Josh Katzowitz

While the Patriots insist Rob Gronkowski’s ankle -- injured when he was tackled awkwardly by Bernard Pollard in the third quarter of the AFC title game -- will allow him to play in the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick told reporters Gronkowski will miss practice today.

“He’s not going to practice today, take it day by day,” Belichick said via the Boston Herald. “Not going to try to forecast where things will be 10 days from now. Take it day by day.”

Belichick, when asked how Gronkowski’s ankle was progressing, he proclaimed it was “good, good.”

At this point, there doesn’t seem to be much concern on the part of the Patriots, and really, the fact Gronkowski isn’t practicing 10 days before the Super Bowl isn’t a big deal. If he’s still not practicing a week from now, OK, Patriots fans will be allowed to feel some concern. Until then, Gronkowski would make more news by actually practicing than not.

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