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Super Bowl volunteer program gets complicated

Bill Clinton will swear in New York City's

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Very interesting piece in today's NYT about the Super Bowl XLVIII volunteer program and some complications therein.

I both admire volunteers for Super Bowls and other big events and also feel for them, given the thanklessness of many of the tasks to which they are assigned.

I do understand the notion of wanting to be part of a big local happening - and to help your community put its...

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Super Bowl scribes feted, sated

Kaji Sushi & Lounge, Garden City: As artful

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Normally I would not write about a Super Bowl party to which media members are invited and at which they are entertained lavishly.

Most fans would rather read the local tax code than about that.

But in this case I will make an exception, because Tuesday night's Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee bash at Chelsea Piers is germane to our coverage in that the game is in our backyard for the...

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Mike Ditka still frosty re cold-weather Super Bowl

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 09: Former Chicago Bears

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Mike Ditka's oft-stated disapproval of the first cold-weather Super Bowl is well known - and second only in prominence in recent weeks among Hall of Famers-turned-TV-analysts to Fox's Terry Bradshaw.

Coach Ditka was at it again Wednesday during a session ESPN arranged for reporters to grill its analysts at the Super Bowl media center.

Here ya go:

"I don’t [like it]. I’ve said it...

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Only three journalists left in XLVIII-Super Bowl Club

Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi smiles

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When Edwin Pope, the venerable Miami Herald columnist, opted not to attend Super Bowl XLVIII - for reasons he did not disclose - it left three men in the club of those who have covered all 48 games:

Jerry Green, Jerry Izenberg and Dave Klein.

Green and Izenberg are retired from full-time work but write about the Super Bowl for their long-time newspaper homes - the Detroit News and Star-Ledger...

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Keith Olbermann rips police escorts for media . . .

TV personality Keith Olbermann reportedly is returning to

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 . . . quoting a Tweet by me!


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Giants VP Pat Hanlon will work for NFL Network at Rock

Tom Coughlin, left, talks to Pat Hanlon, vice

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And now, for something completely different . . . Pat Hanlon, the Giants' senior VP of communications, will join the NFL Network for its coverage of Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday.

The network said the following about Mr. Hanlon:

He "will provide analysis and insight into what the PR staffs, coaches and players from both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are facing from a media perspective...

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Rangers' visit to Bronx a home run for NBC


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Sunday's Rangers-Devils game at Yankee Stadium was a big hit for NBC.

The game averaged 2.1 million viewers nationally and 1.3 percent of homes, both regular-season bests for NBC - not including Winter Classics.

In the New York area, 5.1 percent of homes watched, on average, the best ever in this market for an NBC regular-season game.

Buffalo was next at 4.5 percent, followed by...

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Chris Russo: 'Life has been a lot easier' with new schedule

Sports radio talk show host Chris "Mad Dog"

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Chris Russo's new deal with Sirius XM Satellite Radio, which kicked in early last autumn, does not pay as much as the old one did, but it does come with saner work hours.

Russo used to work from 2 to 7 p.m., a long shift by any talk radio standards but even more so because of Sirius' limited commercial breaks.

Now he works 3 to 6 p.m., although he will expand those hours to 3 to 7 during...

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Actually, first Radio Row predated WFAN

Giants QB Phil Simms was named MVP of

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As I pointed out in this story about Radio Row, WFAN's roots in the phenomenon date to 1988, the first January of its existence.

But even that was not the first time New York radio set up shop the week of the big game.

In 1987 future Yankees p.r. man Rick Cerrone and Dave Jennings did five nightly shows for WNEW - with Richard Neer back in the studio in New York! - while Dave Sims did...

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WFAN boss discusses 'M&Ms' deal

Osi Umenyiora stands in front of a Giants

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Although I did not quote him in my newspaper story about WFAN's move to "M&Ms World" this week, I did ask WFAN boss Mark Chernoff about the unusual deal.

He said originally the idea was to join with Snickers, which is made by the same company, and brand the week the "Snickers Bowl," but eventually the two companies settled on M&Ms, and having WFAN originate from the candy's tourist...

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