Brandon Spikes looks like he rolled out of bed about 10 minutes before this morning's media session.

The Super Bowl

  • Last night Mike Freeman was among a group of NFL writers having dinner at an Indy restaurant with commissioner Roger Goodell. A waitress told them that Tim Tebow was in the building, and when Tebow came over to greet the group at their table that was situated near a window people outside noticed the Denver quarterback and a crowd began to gather. Soon that crowd grew to 50 or more people, and police had to usher everyone off the road and onto the sidewalk. The power of Tebow is limitless.
  • The Patriots prepared for the longer Super Bowl halftime break by going to the locker room for 31 minutes in the middle of Wednesday’s practice.
  • Matt Light thinks that Tom Brady‘s sweaters make him look like Mr. Rogers.
  • Julian Edelman may not scare the Giants’ receivers when he’s in New England’s defensive backfield as an extra DB. But earlier this year against the Patriots Eli Manning threw nine of his 39 pass attempts against nickel coverage, and he completed only three of them for 24 yards.
  • Tom Coughlin was surprised to see Ahmad Bradshaw on the practice field yesterday.
  • I visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this past summer, and it’s clearly a trip every hardcore football fan needs to make. A full day wasn’t enough, and if I had the same behind-the-scenes access given to the Newark Star-Ledger’s Dave D’Alessandro as he explored the hidden Giants material buried deep in the hall of fame’s archives, I would have needed at least a week.
  • Will Bill Belichick retire if the Patriots win Sunday? Please discuss this amongst yourselves.
  • You know it’s the Thursday of Super Bowl week when there are shirtless men in jogging pants on radio row.
  • Bob Kraft isn’t worried about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, because the only SI issue he cares about smells of expensive cologne and has glossy pictures of models wearing bikinis.

Not the Super Bowl

  • Here’s your daily Peyton Manning is leaving Indy column, complete with a quality Peter Pocklington reference.
  • Jim Irsay is confident that the Colts can reach deals with free agents Robert Mathis and Pierre Garcon, but it’s still looking like Reggie Wayne has played his last snap in Indianapolis.
  • These are words that John Clayton actually wrote in response to Aaron Rodgers and his criticism of the Pro Bowl: “what needs to be realized is all-star games appeal to the hard-core fans.”
  • Donovan McNabb is eying three teams that could give him a good opportunity to “add a little flavor,” and one of them is the Browns.

Lead pic via Jim Wyatt.

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