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Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Chad Ochocinco drops several balls in warmups

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By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's this pervading sense that Chad Ochocinco, who's active for Sunday's game, is going to be the dark horse hero. Based on warmups, that seems unlikely: Ocho dropped several balls that were squarely in his breadbasket.

These weren't tough to pull off passes either. Ocho got one pass from Brian Hoyer that hit both his hands and fell to the ground. Then he ran a medium out, Tom Brady pegged him squarely in the hands and the ball fell to the ground in Lucas Oil.

They were the only two balls I saw dropped during the Patriots warmup.

The wideout is currently rocking red shoes and red gloves; he's the only Patriots wide receiver or tight end who's doing so. (You can read between the lines and determine what that means within the context of how the Patriots operate.)

He also reportedly put his gold teeth back in, trying to go back to "the old Chad Johnson."

Maybe his performance in warm-ups is just another red herring from the Patriots. But that looks pretty unlikely: the only mind-games being played with Ochocinco, given the easy passes he dropped from Brady, is going on in his own head.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:53 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 4:55 pm
 

Faulk, Herzlich among Super Bowl inactives

Faulk

By Josh Katzowitz


INDIANAPOLIS – We’re less than two hours away from kickoff, and the inactive lists have been released. Among them are Patriots running back Kevin Faulk and Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich.

Here are the lists:

Patriots

Ron Brace, Ryan Mallett, Shane Vereen, Donald Thomas, Gary Guyton, Kevin Faulk, Nick McDonald

Giants

Ramses Barden, Da’Rel Scott, Mark Herzlich, Jim Cordle, Justin Trattou, Jimmy Kennedy, James Brewer

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 4:03 pm
 

StubHub: Super Bowl tickets down leading to game

Ticket prices are dropping faster than the zipline in Indy. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Super Bowl is the hardest ticket to get in all of sports, but two teams from major markets squaring off in Indy for Super Bowl XLVI, ticket prices are actually quite reasonable (relatively speaking) in the secondary market.

According to Stubhub, the top online secondary ticket broker, the prices for Super Bowl tickets have been steadily dropping since the Patriots and Giants clinched a spot in Indianapolis.

"Prices have been fluctuating," Joellen Ferrer of Stubhub told CBSSports.com on Friday. "As you can imagine, prices were at their height during conference championships. But since then, they're down about 20 percent. But that's typical of all events in every market. The Monday immediately following the Conference Championships prices started at $2,500 a piece and now they're actually down to about $1,800 and closer to $1,500 price point."

And the prices kept dropping throughout the weekend: as of 4:00 p.m. on the Sunday of the Super Bowl, the cheapest ticket available on Stubhub was $1,100.00. (At 3:45, that same ticket was $1,205.00, so the slope is getting steep, quickly.)

The prices for this year are much lower than last year, which is somewhat surprising. Patriots and Giants fans aren't exactly "not rabid."

"Ticket prices are about 10 percent lower than last year," Ferrer said. "Which is interesting because you've got Boston, you've got New York and you've got rabid fans. The economy's a little better but I think a couple factors play in: you've got Indianapolis, which is not exactly the easiest city to go into and it's not the destination city that, say, New Orleans or Miami could be."

Indy's done a heck of a job putting on Super Bowl XLVI, though, and Stubhub added a little bonus for anyone coming into town with a ticket purchased through their site: a party right near Lucas Oil Stadium to get ready for the Super Bowl.

"We actually rented out an ice skating academy across the field from Lucas Oil Stadium, and we've taken over two Olympic-sized ice-skating rinks and we're throwing a huge party for everyone who purchased tickets on Stubhub," "So about 5,000 people are going to walk through and pick up their tickets, because we won't ever mail that expensive of a ticket."

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:29 pm
 

DeMarco Murray talks Cowboys, Romo, Jason Garrett

Murray expects even more from the 'Boys in 2012. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- DeMarco Murray burst onto the scene as a potential franchise running back for the Dallas Cowboys when he shattered long-standing records with a 253-yard rushing performance against the Rams in the 2011 season. With Felix Jones injured, Murray stepped in and paced the Cowboys rushing attack until he suffered a season-ending injury in Week 13.

But Murray, who was working with Verizon to promote the first-ever mobile airing of the Super Bowl, told us on Radio Row that the Cowboys can accomplish the goals they missed with a full season in 2012.

"Definitely the playoffs and getting [to the Super Bowl] next year," Murray said. "We had a lot of young guys and  missed OTAs and minicamps. I thought a lot of guys played well. If we get a full season under our belt we look forward to winning some games."

Dallas collapse down the stretch was a full-blown disaster, with Jason Garrett notably icing his own kicker against the Cardinals before losing in overtime. But Murray said that the scapegoating of Garrett is blown out proportion by "us guys."

"Man, you guys are going to write us off no matter what," Murray said. "One week he's the greatest coach on the planet, the next week he's the worst coach on the planet. So we don't listen to that stuff you know? He's a great coach and I'm glad he's my coach."

Murray had similar feelings for quarterback Tony Romo, who's been judged once or twice in his career.

"Same thing, man!" Murray said. "One week he's a hero, the next week he's not. That's just the way it is with the Dallas Cowboys. We're used to it, we love it and we wouldn't want any one else leading our team."

Murray's correct on that count. Romo gets unfairly ripped/loved on a week-to-week basis depending on the outcome of the game.

It's presumed that Murray will be the guy taking most of the carries from Romo in 2012. However, Murray said he didn't know if he was the starter yet, and that he and Felix Jones had a "great" relationship. Additionally, Murray championed his fellow rookies, calling the 2011 NFL Draft class the greatest class of all time.

"I think it is," Murray said. "Look at all the guys in our class who made the Pro Bowl and did it without OTAs and minicamps."

If Murray can have the same impact he had in 2011 next year, it'll go even further to proving that point.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Manning's next contract to be incentive-laden?

Brees talks to the media about his Offensive Player of the Year Award while Manning announces the NFL Player of the Year. Indianapolis, February 4, 2012. (Ryan Wilson, CBSSports.com)

By Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning, who has been in the news almost as much as his brother this week, finally made a public appearance Saturday night at the NFL Awards Show. He didn't say anything new about his future in Indianapolis -- Manning was there to present the 2011 NFL Most Valuable Player award -- although reports Sunday from ESPN's Adam Schefter indicate that should the Colts and Manning part ways in the coming weeks (and that looks like a real possibility), the future Hall of Fame quarterback would be willing to agree to an incentive-based contract for little or no guaranteed money.

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The thinking: Manning would find a new home as quickly as possible, put his Colts playing days behind him, and get on with the rest of his career. Schefter says that incentives could include roster bonuses due on the first day of the regular season, or bonuses tied to playing time.

A source tells ProFootballTalk.com that such measure won't be necessary because Manning, completely healthy or not, will be in such demand that those teams interested in his services will set demand. If the Dolphins' owner Stephen Ross truly is "infatuated" with Manning, and the Redskins and Daniel Snyder are similarly intrigued, that's reason enough to think that he won't have to concern himself with performance-based incentives.

As it stands, Manning is still a member of the Colts. He's due a $28 million roster bonus on March 8 but unless something changes between now and then, there's no way owner Jim Irsay makes good on that payment given that Manning's health is still a huge question.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:19 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Belichick tells reporter Gronk WILL play in SB

Gronk should get plenty of questions on Friday as well. (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- All week long, the buzz here has been whether Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski would play and, if so, how effectively he would perform. We now have the answer to that first question at least.

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Coach Bill Belichick told the NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan that Gronkowski “will definitely play.”

He also said he’s not sure how much playing time Gronkowski will get because Belichick hasn’t seen him perform at full speed in nearly two weeks.

The announcement isn’t a surprise -- the Giants have said all week they fully expected Gronkowski to play, and the fact the Patriots released receiver Tiquan Underwood on Saturday was another indication the Patriots were comfortable with their pass-catching units.

But until we have an answer to the second question, it’s still unclear just how much Gronkowski can help vs. the Giants.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Does Tim Tebow have a future in politics?

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By Ryan Wilson

Tim Tebow is 24 years old, a former Heisman Trophy winner, a starting NFL quarterback and outside of Madonna, probably the biggest celebrity in Indianapolis this week. On Saturday night, he won the the GMAC Never Say Never Award for his game-winning touchdown run against the Jets during the regular season. But Tebow is more than a football player. He's deeply religious and his foundation's initiatives include building a hospital in the Philippines and granting wishes to terminally ill patients.

So it should come as no surprise that after Tebow's football career is over he may pursue other endeavors. Likes, say, politics.

"It could be something in my future," Tebow told David Feherty during an interview on Feherty Live. "It's something I'll have to think about and if I pray about, you know, I have no idea right now. But possibly."

Political offices at the local, state and federal levels are littered with former athletes. But nobody anywhere has Tebow's charisma. That said, once you get past the winning smile and sunny disposition, there are the issues.

Tebow, an evangelical Christian, appeared with his mother in a pro-life commercial during the Super Bowl two years ago. Needless to say, the ad was divisive. He would have very little trouble energizing a flaccid Republican base, but winning national elections are all about appealing to moderates in both parties. It's not clear Tebow could -- or would -- do that. (Such concerns would be less an issue if he ran for a senate seat in a conservative state.)

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves; Tebow told Feherty that "I have no idea right now." But while he prays about his future, some Republican candidates are already counting on Tebow's endorsement. That's something Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin might want to look into, too.

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Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:26 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Chris Canty predicts 28-17 Giants win on Twitter

Does a prediction count as a guarantee? (Twitlonger.com)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There's nothing better than when an athlete guarantees a win. That's mainly because it almost always backfires, but whatever. But here's a strange one: Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty predicted a final score of the game on Sunday afternoon.

Jason Romano, an ESPN producer, asked his Twitter followers for a prediction on the final score of the game. Whoever got the closest win a book as a prize. Canty retweeted him and added "Giants 28, NewEngland 17."

Canty is totally within his legal NFL rights to tweet on Sunday morning. In fact, he can spend all day on Twitter if he wants, up until 90 minutes before kickoff of the Super Bowl. That's probably not the best way to get prepped for a game, but, hey, to each his own.

The questions is whether or not this counts as a guarantee. Technically, it doesn't, because it's just a prediction. But it does mean that Canty firmly believes the Patriots and Tom Brady can't score more than 20 points against he and the rest of the Giants defense. It means he thinks the Giants are more than 10 points better than the Patriots.

It means, ultimately, that he thinks the Giants will win Super Bowl XLVI pretty handily. And since plenty of Patriots are on Twitter, there's a pretty good chance they'll see this and figure out a way to use it as motivation.

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