When former Newsday paper boy Al Michaels speaks about the growth of the Super Bowl, he knows firsthand of what he speaks. He was in the stands at the L.A. Coliseum for the very first edition in January of 1967.
“My father was out of town but he got my brother and me tickets on the 48-yard line,’’ he said. “I remember it was a beautiful day, with 30-some-odd thousand empty seats at the Coliseum.’’
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Super Bowl media days have come a long way in the past 30 years, but some things never change.
NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth is a professional talker these days. But he was good at it even as a young Bengals receiver in Super Bowl XVI against the 49ers.
Collinsworth said before Super Bowl week began, coach Forrest Gregg addressed the entire team and said this:
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Rodney Harrison readily admits he is rooting for the Patriots, with whom he won two Super Bowls, to defeat the Giants, even though he now is an NBC analyst.
But Harrison is anything but shy about criticizing his old team, and he doesn’t care whether former teammates are offended by him doing his job bluntly and honestly.
One bombshell during the fortnight leading up to the game: He trusts... » more
It did not take long for Tony Dungy to do the math when NBC hired him as an analyst before the 2009 season. He quickly realized Super Bowl XLVI would be the network’s turn in the rotation.
“When I first came on board I said, ‘Boy, you know what? We’re going to broadcast this game,’’’ he recalled. “The Lord just worked it out. It couldn’t be better for me.’’
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Longtime suffering Jets fan and WFAN host Joe Benigno had no problem picking the Patriots to win the Super Bowl over the Giants. He joins former WFAN colleague Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on the Patriots bandwagon while Mike Francesa stands firmly behind the Giants. Bengino thinks the final score will be 27-24.
I was upset that Bengino didn't use any of his signature catchphrases ("Bro,"... » more
"Mike & the Mad Dog" made a lot of headlines yesterday at Radio Row after their brief reunion. Newsday caught up with Russo at media day and asked his prediction for Sunday's game.
Click the embedded video above to see the odd reason why he is picking the Patriots over the Giants.
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