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Jennifer Garner found role model in Browns front office

Jennifer Garner arrives for a press conference about

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It didn’t take long for Jennifer Garner to figure out Super Bowl week mostly is a man’s world.

When photographers greeted the actress with a flurry of camera clicks at a news conference Friday to promote the upcoming film “Draft Day,” she laughed and said, “Wow, you guys have been shooting a lot of boys, haven’t you?’’

And after experiencing Radio Row, she said, “I have a great deal...

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No, Mike Francesa does not plan to attend FrancesaCon; but he's flattered!

Sports radio talk show host and TV commentator

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The Newsday Sports Super Bowl team caught up with Mike Francesa Friday just before he went on the air at M&M's World, where crowds were so thick around the WFAN set that there was human gridlock.

Here he is on a several important topics, including his thoughts on FrancesaCon, the fan-organized event Saturday that will celebrate their hero at various bars around Manhattan.

On the...

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Super Bowl ticket prices still soft

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson speaks during a

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Despite the promising weather report, Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market continue to be among the softest in recent memory.Accoring to TiqIQ.com, which aggregates secondary market sites, the average list price as of Friday morning was $2,480.06, and the lowest was $1,247 - down more than 44 percent since the morning of the conference championship games.The distance fans of the two teams...

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First cold-weather Super Bowl might not be coldest Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, and

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Maybe the NFL found a way to collect all the hot air spoken about Super Bowl XLVIII weather over the past 44 months and repurpose it as a warming wind for Sunday night.

Hey, let’s not put anything past them. ESPN’s Chris Berman told me Tuesday that he was not surprised a vastly improved weather forecast for the weekend suddenly appeared out of nowhere earlier this week.

“This is what...

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Some 'Draft Day' thoughts after watching the sneak preview

A sign advertising the movie "Draft Day", starring

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The real Cleveland Browns might want to take a page from Kevin Costner and company in “Draft Day”.

A quick plot summary: “Draft Day”, directed by Ivan Reitman, takes us inside the hours leading up to and during the would-be 2014 NFL draft as fictional Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) tries to improve his struggling team while also trying to balance various personal issues....

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NFL still mulling Thursday night offers

The NFL Network will now be carried by

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The NFL continues to mull offers from a gaggle of media entities for a piece of its 13-game Thursday night package, but no deal appears imminent - at least not during Super Bowl week.

Brian Rolapp, the league's executive vice president for media, discussed the situation in broad terms Thursday after a news conference to announce a new video service called "NFL Now" that is launching this summer.


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NFL announces new video service, 'NFL Now'

Eli Manning says his job lately has been

The NFL announced Thursday a new personalized video service called "NFL Now" that someone younger than me should explain to you, but I will try below.

The service, which launches this summer, was announced at a lunch-time news conference attended by numerous high-ranking NFL officials - including commissioner Roger Goodell - and current and former players. So it must have been important.


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Keith Hamilton hammers Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp said he doesn't think Michael Strahan

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Keith (Hammer) Hamilton, who as a Giants defensive tackle spent most of his career playing on a line with Michael Strahan, said Thursday that Strahan "absolutely" should be voted into the Hall of Fame Saturday.

Actually, he thought that should have happened last year - ahead of everyone who did make it.

"With the guys they accepted last year, to me he’s head and shoulders above all of...

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Joe Buck visited 'Hermitville' in 2011

Joe Buck presents an award during the 2013

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It was shortly after his last Super Bowl for Fox in 2011 that a virus struck a nerve in Joe Buck's left vocal cord, leaving his voice weak and raspy for months afterward.

Sunday he will be back doing play-by-play for the biggest game of them all, fully recovered, perhaps sounding better than ever.

"Actually my voice has come back stronger, in a weird way, because I had to work around...

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Super Bowl week a 'business trip' for former players

Norman ?Boomer? Esiason was born in West Islip

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Fans are accustomed to hearing current and former players pitch products during Super Bowl week in radio interviews, but that hardly is the only paid talking they do when they're in town.

"Every Super Bowl, for a lot of them, is a business trip," said Robert Tuchman, president of Goviva, which among other services in and around Super Bowls helps companies secure paid appearances by athletes.


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