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Super Bowl XXXV memories . . . Part IV

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Today is the first full day of pre-Super Bowl media availability at Giants Stadium, and the local and national media will be out in scary, overwhelming force.

One of my most stark memories of the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XXXV was walking from the practice bubble - where only beat writers were permitted that week - with Jim Fassel and nine other reporters, then turning the corner toward the locker room and encountering a wall of journalists and cameras that prompted the coach to say this: "Wow."

Thomas Franklin of the Bergen Record, the guy who shot the famous picture of firefighters raising the American flag on 9/11, took a great picture of Fassel and the beat writers walking toward the locker room in the snow that day. I have two copies on the wall of my basement.

At training camp in the summer of 2002, a fellow beat writer (I think it was Paul Schwartz of the Post) met Franklin and said something like, "You're the guy who took that picture."

By then Franklin was getting tired of all the attention for the 9/11 shot and somewhat grudgingly admitted he was the guy. Then the writer told him he didn't mean THAT picture, he meant the Fassel picture.

OK, that's today's memory. Carry on.

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