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Indy-bound to face Pats again An inside look ... Hey, Indianapolis. A Manning will be playing in your Super Bowl, after all. No, not that one. It'll be Eli Manning leading the New York Giants to a Super Bowl rematch against the New England Patriots — and this time on older brother Peyton's home field. "It doesn't matter to me where you're playing it or the fact that it's in Indianapolis," Eli Manning said. "I'm just excited about being in one." And if the Giants can pull this one off, Eli will have sibling bragging rights with one more Super Bowl ring than Peyton, who missed this season for the Colts after having neck surgery. It sure won't be easy for the Giants, though. Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, they'll play a Super sequel. Eli vs. Brady. Coughlin vs. Belichick. The Giants vs. the Patriots. Sound familiar? Here we go again. "It's awesome and we look forward to the challenge," Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora said. "They are a great football team. They have always

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been a great football team. We are looking forward to it, and it's going to be a great game." Well, judging from the last time these teams met in the Super Bowl — David Tyree's jaw-dropping, helmet-pinning catch and all — it just might be. "Being in this situation is a great moment," Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. "You have to cherish this moment." New England (15-3) opened as a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game against New York (12-7), but the Patriots know all about being in this position. They were favored by 12 points and pursuing perfection in 2008, but New York's defense battered Brady, and Manning connected with Plaxico Burress on a late touchdown to win the Giants' third Super Bowl. That TD came, of course, a few moments after one of the biggest plays in playoff history: Manning escaping the grasp of Patriots defenders and finding Tyree, who put New York in scoring position by trapping the football against his helmet. "Hopefully, we will have the same result," Umenyiora said. "We still

have one more game to go, but this is truly unbelievable." Especially since the Giants appeared on the verge of collapsing with Tom Coughlin's job status in jeopardy just a month ago, when they fell to 7-7 with an embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 18. "We've been here before," linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said at the time, "and we'll get back." Boy, was he right. The Giants were facing elimination against the rival Jets and Rex Ryan, who boldly declared that his team ruled New York. Well, Coughlin's crew silenced Ryan with a 29-14 victory. The Giants followed that with a 31-14 win over Dallas in the regular-season finale to clinch the NFC East and get to the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. New York dominated Atlanta at home in the opening round. Then came a stunner: a 37-20 victory at Green Bay — knocking out the defending Super Bowl champions. On Sunday, Manning extended the best season See G-MEN / Page 4


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Pats-Giants are in Super Bowl again after years An inside look ... A Super Sequel. Four years after New York stunned previously undefeated New England in the Arizona desert, the Patriots and Giants are going at it again at the Super Bowl — this time in Indianapolis. Brady and Belichick. Eli and Coughlin. Both teams rolling through the playoffs. Yep, here we go again. New England, which lost to New York 24-20 in early November, opened as a 3-point favorite for the Feb. 5 game. The Patriots have won 10 straight, with their last loss being to — you guessed it — the Giants. "We know they're a great team," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "We played them already this year. They've been playing great football recently." It's familiar territory for Tom Brady and the Patriots (15-3), who are playing in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in 11 years. "Being in this situation is a great moment," Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. "You have to cherish this moment."

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It's the Patriots' first appearance since Manning and the Giants (12-7) upset New England's pursuit of perfection in 2008. Back then, New England was a 12-point favorite, but New York's defense battered Brady, and Manning connected with Plaxico Burress on a late touchdown to win the Giants' third Super Bowl. That TD came, of course, a few moments after one of the biggest plays in playoff history: Manning escaped the grasp of a few Patriots defenders and found David Tyree, who put New York in scoring position by pinning the football against his helmet for a jaw-dropping catch. New England hopes to avoid that sort of drama this time around. Unless it goes in the Patriots' favor, as it did in the AFC title game. Brady was unusually subpar in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over Baltimore, throwing for 239 yards with two interceptions and, for the first time in 36 games, no TD passes. But he got some help from the Patriots' much-maligned defense, which made some

crucial stops down the stretch. A few mistakes by the Ravens helped greatly, too, as Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds left — soon after Lee Evans had a potential winning touchdown catch ripped out of his hands in the end zone. "Childlike joy. It's all about childlike joy," linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "Last night felt like the day before Christmas for me and I haven't had that feeling in a long time." New England last won the Super Bowl in 2005, a long drought after the Patriots took home Lombardi trophies three times in four years. There are only a handful of players left from that team, with guys like Corey Dillon, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison replaced by young upand-comers such as Mayo, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. "It doesn't even feel right, especially playing with the veterans here," Gronkowski said. "I watched them go to the Super Bowl as I was growing See SEQUEL / Page 5


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SuperBowl winners Game XLV XLIV XLIII XLII XLI XL XXXIX XXXVIII XXXVII XXXVI XXXV XXXIV XXXIII XXXII XXXI XXX XXIX XXVIII XXVII XXVI XXV XXIV XXIII XXII XXI XX XIX XVIII XVII XVI XV XIV XIII XII XI X IX VIII VII VI V IV III II I

Date Feb. 6, 2011 Feb. 7, 2010 Feb. 1, 2009 Feb. 3, 2008 Feb. 4, 2007 Feb. 5, 2006 Feb. 6, 2005 Feb. 1, 2004 Jan. 26, 2003 Feb. 3, 2002 Jan. 28, 2001 Jan. 30, 2000 Jan. 31, 1999 Jan. 25, 1998 Jan. 26, 1997 Jan. 28, 1996 Jan. 29, 1995 Jan. 30, 1994 Jan. 31, 1993 Jan. 26, 1992 Jan. 27, 1991 Jan. 28, 1990 Jan. 22, 1989 Jan. 31, 1988 Jan. 25, 1987 Jan. 26, 1986 Jan. 20, 1985 Jan. 22, 1984 Jan. 30, 1983 Jan. 24, 1982 Jan. 25, 1981 Jan. 20, 1980 Jan. 21, 1979 Jan. 15, 1978 Jan. 9, 1977 Jan. 18, 1976 Jan. 12, 1975 Jan. 13, 1974 Jan. 14, 1973 Jan. 16, 1972 Jan. 17, 1971 Jan. 11, 1970 Jan. 12, 1969 Jan. 14, 1968 Jan. 15, 1967

Result Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25 New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17 Steelers 27, Arizona 23 N.Y. Giants 17, New England 14 Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17 Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10 New England 24, Philadelphia 21 New England 32, Carolina 29 Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21 New England 20, St. Louis 17 Baltimore 34, N.Y. Giants 7 St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16 Denver 34, Atlanta 19 Denver 31, Green Bay 24 Green Bay 35, New England 21 Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26 Dallas 30, Buffalo 13 Dallas 52, Buffalo 17 Washington 37, Buffalo 24 N.Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19 San Francisco 55, Denver 10 San Francisco 20, Cincinnati 16 Washington 42, Denver 10 N.Y. Giants 39, Denver 20 Chicago 46, New England 10 San Francisco 38, Miami 16 L.A. Raiders 38, Washington 9 Washington 27, Miami 17 San Francisco 26, Cincinnati 21 Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10 Pittsburgh 31, L.A. Rams 19 Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31 Dallas 27, Denver 10 Oakland 32, Minnesota 14 Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17 Pittsburgh 16, Minnesota 6 Miami 24, Minnesota 7 Miami 14, Washington 7 Dallas 24, Miami 3 Baltimore 16, Dallas 13 Kansas City 23, Minnesota 7 N.Y. Jets 16, Baltimore 7 Green Bay 33, Oakland 14 Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10

SuperBowl MVPs Game XLV XLIV XLIII XLII XLI XL XXXIX XXXVIII XXXVII XXXVI XXXV XXXIV XXXIII XXXII XXXI XXX XXIX XXVIII XXVII XXVI XXV XXIV XXIII XXII XXI XX XIX XVIII XVII XVI XV XIV XIII XII XI X IX VIII VII VI V IV III II I

Date Feb. 6, 2011 Feb. 7, 2010 Feb. 1, 2009 Feb. 3, 2008 Feb. 4, 2007 Feb. 5, 2006 Feb. 6, 2005 Feb. 1, 2004 Jan. 26, 2003 Feb. 3, 2002 Jan. 28, 2001 Jan. 30, 2000 Jan. 31, 1999 Jan. 25, 1998 Jan. 26, 1997 Jan. 28, 1996 Jan. 29, 1995 Jan. 30, 1994 Jan. 31, 1993 Jan. 26, 1992 Jan. 27, 1991 Jan. 28, 1990 Jan. 22, 1989 Jan. 31, 1988 Jan. 25, 1987 Jan. 26, 1986 Jan. 20, 1985 Jan. 22, 1984 Jan. 30, 1983 Jan. 24, 1982 Jan. 25, 1981 Jan. 20, 1980 Jan. 21, 1979 Jan. 15, 1978 Jan. 9, 1977 Jan. 18, 1976 Jan. 12, 1975 Jan. 13, 1974 Jan. 14, 1973 Jan. 16, 1972 Jan. 17, 1971 Jan. 11, 1970 Jan. 12, 1969 Jan. 14, 1968 Jan. 15, 1967

Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers Drew Brees Antonio Holmes Eli Manning Peyton Manning Hines Ward Deion Branch Tom Brady Dexter Jackson Tom Brady Ray Lewis Kurt Warner John Elway Terrell Davis Desmond Howard Larry Brown Steve Young Emmitt Smith Troy Aikman Mark Rypien Ottis Anderson Joe Montana Jerry Rice Doug Williams Phil Simms Richard Dent Joe Montana Marcus Allen John Riggins Joe Montana Jim Plunkett Terry Bradshaw Terry Bradshaw Randy White, Harvey Martin Fred Biletnikoff Lynn Swann Franco Harris Larry Csonka Jake Scott Roger Staubach Chuck Howley Len Dawson Joe Namath Bart Starr Bart Starr

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of his career with one more solid performance, and Lawrence Tynes kicked the Giants past the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime for the NFC title. "I'm just proud of the guys, what we've overcome this year, what we've been through," Manning said, "just never having any doubts, keep believing in our team that we could get hot and start playing our best football." The Patriots are rolling into the Super Bowl having won 10 straight, with their last loss being to — you guessed it — the Giants, 24-20 back in early November. "We know they're a great team," Manning said. "We played them already this year. They've been playing great football recently." They sure have. And now Brady and the Patriots are in familiar territory, playing in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in 11 years — and first since the stunning upset in Arizona. New England hopes to avoid all

that sort of drama this time around. Unless it goes in the Patriots' favor, as it did in the AFC title game. Brady was unusually subpar in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over Baltimore, throwing for 239 yards with two interceptions and, for the first time in 36 games, no TD passes. But he got some help from the Patriots' much-maligned defense, which made some crucial stops down the stretch. A few mistakes by the Ravens helped greatly, too, as Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds left — soon after Lee Evans had a potential winning touchdown catch ripped out of his hands in the end zone. "Childlike joy. It's all about childlike joy," linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "Last night felt like the day before Christmas for me and I haven't had that feeling in a long time." New England last won the Super Bowl in 2005, a long drought considering that the Patriots took home Lombardi trophies three times in four years. There are only a handful of players left from that team, with guys like Corey Dillon, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison replaced

by young up-and-comers such as Mayo, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. "It doesn't even feel right, especially playing with the veterans here," Gronkowski said. "I watched them go to the Super Bowl as I was growing up, and now I'm part of it? It is an unreal moment." The constants, though, are Brady and Bill Belichick. And that's been a winning combination for New England, combining to become the first QB-coach combination to win five conference championships in the Super Bowl era. Belichick did perhaps his finest coaching job this season, piecing together a defense that ranked secondto-last in the league during the regular season. That led to plenty of shootouts, and Brady was more than up to the task, throwing for a careerhigh 5,235 yards while tossing 39 touchdown passes. "They're an amazing team," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. "They're a great brotherhood; they're a family." And they're all looking to lift another Super Bowl trophy together. Patriots-Giants. One more time.

Massive effort outfits volunteers with scarves for big day RICK CALLAHA The Associated Press

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A nationwide army of knitters, crocheters and weavers has created more than 13,000 blue-andwhite scarves to help keep Super Bowl volunteers warm and highly visible when the big game comes to this cold-weather city. Thousands of scarfmakers, from great-grandmothers to prison inmates, put in hours of work on the 6-foot-long scarves. Super Bowl organizers hoped to get 8,000 scarves — one for each volunteer. They ended up with thousands more, sent from 45 states, as well as Belgium, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. The designs vary widely, from simple blue-andwhite stripes to intricately

The idea behind the Super Scarves program was to give the unpaid volunteers "a warm thank you" to keep them snug during the week leading up to the Feb. 5 game and make it easy for visitors to the city to identify someone who can give directions and other help, said host committee spokeswoman Dianna Boyce. She said the scarves program was inspired by a similar effort staged a few years ago by the Special Olympics. Each scarf is adorned with an official Super Bowl host-city patch — all sewn on by inmates at the Indiana Women's Prison. Bev Meska, an 82-yearold retired school secretary from Michigan City, Ind.,

was the most prolific of the more than 3,000 Super Bowl scarf-makers. She planned on crocheting only a few when she set to work in April 2010, after her daughter emailed her a link to the project website. But Meska, who's been crocheting since age 16 and has made hundreds of afghans over the decades, ended up creating a staggering 250 scarves by November's deadline. She estimates she spent three to four hours on each one, using crocheting's singlehooked needle. Each of her scarves sports tasseled or fringed ends. Every day, Meska said, she used her spare time to work on the scarves, often as she and her 12-year-old great-grandson, Ben ForeKnight, watched sporting events, including NFL games. She said Ben kept

encouraging her to make more. During the summers, she took her scarf work to nearby Lake Michigan. "I crocheted everywhere — even down on the beach. I took my lawn chair and basket down there and worked away on them," she said. Meanwhile, a group of inmates at a state prison in Indianapolis who call themselves the Naptown Knitters were learning how to knit, guided by prison volunteer Doreen Tatnall. Tatnall, a real estate agent, didn't know how to knit either when she started. But she and 17 inmates at the 350-inmate Indianapolis Re-Entry Educational Facility, where inmates go as their release date nears, learned together by following YouTube instructional videos.

The men slowly picked up speed, creating more than two dozen scarves. Two prison staff members who knew how to knit gave them lessons during their twice-weekly, two-hour sessions. "Once you get the hang of it, it's kind of calming. Some of the men said that for a couple of hours they forgot where they were," Tatnall said. Steve Jordan, a 44-yearold from Kokomo who is due for release the day after the Super Bowl, made three scarves and said he would have made more if not for a prison rule forbidding inmates from taken their plastic knitting needles back to their cells. Jordan, who is finishing out a murder sentence, said the courses were a nice break from the monotony of prison life.

"Here's a group of a guys sitting around knitting, something we normally don't have inside prison. No tension, everybody just sitting back and laughing. And knitting," he said. Elsewhere, Belinda Martinez of St. Paul, Minn., knitted 46 scarves, some with elaborate Super Bowl or football designs. One captures in yarn the game's kickoff, showing a player's leg down to the shoe making contact with the ball. Another pays homage to late "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz, a Minnesota native, rendering in comic-strip style the moment when hapless Charlie Brown once again tries to kick a football held by Lucy, who once again snatches it away. Martinez let her patriotSee EFFORT / Page 5


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Rosters: All the game’s names New York Giants No. Name 20 Amukamara, Prince 78 Andrews, Stacy 96 Austin, Marvin 64 Baas, David 85 Ballard, Jake 13 Barden, Ramses 65 Beatty, Will 47 Beckum, Travis 95 Bernard, Rocky 93 Blackburn, Chase 36 Blackmon, Will 59 Boley, Michael 77 Boothe, Kevin 44 Bradshaw, Ahmad 79 Brewer, James 99 Canty, Chris 8 Carr, David 83 Clayton, Michael 37 Coe, Michael 63 Cordle, Jim 80 Cruz, Victor 51 DeOssie, Zak 66 Diehl, David 54 Goff, Jonathan 34 Grant, Deon 58 Herzlich, Mark 87 Hixon, Domenik 45 Hynoski, Henry 27 Jacobs, Brandon 12 Jernigan, Jerrel 25 Johnson, Bruce 35 Jones, Chad 53 Jones, Greg 97 Joseph, Linval 73 Kennedy, Jimmy 94 Kiwanuka, Mathias 10 Manning, Eli 82 Manningham, Mario 22 Martin, Derrick 67 McKenzie, Kareem 88 Nicks, Hakeem Parker, Martin 86 Pascoe, Bear 55 Paysinger, Spencer 62 Petrus, Mitch 21 Phillips, Kenny 90 Pierre-Paul, Jason 26 Rolle, Antrel 31 Ross, Aaron 39 Sash, Tyler 33 Scott, Da'Rel 52 Sintim, Clint 76 Snee, Chris 15 Thomas, Devin 24 Thomas, Terrell 71 Tollefson, Dave 69 Trattou, Justin 30 Tryon, Justin 91 Tuck, Justin 9 Tynes, Lawrence 70 Ugoh, Tony 72 Umenyiora, Osi 28 Ware, D.J.

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ism show in other scarves, including one that includes the first verse of the National Anthem on one side, and a traditional Scandinavian design on the other. She also knit a striped, blue-and-white "UniScarf" jumpsuit for the Indianapolis Colts' mascot, a horse named Blue, to promote the Super Scarves project. Because many of her designs are complex, Martinez, 58, charts her work first on graph paper. She'd often knit while watching football and rooting for Midwestern teams. "I've been teasing my two brothers for a long time that knitting goes with football, and now I have so much proof that I was right," she said.

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up, and now I'm part of it? It is an unreal moment." The constants, though, are Brady and Bill Belichick. And that's been a winning combination for New England. Belichick did perhaps his finest coaching job, piecing together a defense that ranked second-to-last in the league during the regular season. That led to plenty of shootouts, and Brady was more than up to the task, throwing for a career-high 5,235 yards while tossing 39 touchdown passes. "They're an amazing team," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. "They're a great brotherhood; they're a family." The Giants appeared on the verge of collapsing

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with Tom Coughlin's job status in jeopardy just a month ago, when they fell to 7-7 with an embarrassing loss to the Washington Redskins on Dec. 18. "We've been here before," linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said at the time, "and we'll get back." Boy, was he right. "I'm just proud of the guys, what we've overcome this year, what we've been through, just never having any doubts, keep believing in our team that we could get hot and start playing our best football," Manning said. The Giants were facing elimination the following week against the rival Jets and Rex Ryan, who boldly declared that his group was king of New York. Well, Coughlin's crew silenced Ryan with a 29-14 victory. The Giants followed that with a 31-14 win over

New England Patriots No. Name 48 Aiken, Danny 95 Anderson, Mark 24 Arrington, Kyle 30 Barrett, Josh 97 Brace, Ron 12 Brady, Tom 84 Branch, Deion 31 Brown, Sergio 61 Cannon, Marcus 93 Carter, Andre 25 Chung, Patrick 63 Connolly, Dan 47 Cox, Christian 96 Cunningham, Jermaine 71 Deaderick, Brandon 21 Dowling, Ras-I 11 Edelman, Julian 94 Ellis, Shaun 33 Faulk, Kevin 52 Fletcher, Dane 3 Gostkowski, Stephen 42 Green-Ellis, BenJarvus 87 Gronkowski, Rob 59 Guyton, Gary 81 Hernandez, Aaron 69 Hix, Kyle 8 Hoyer, Brian 44 Ihedigbo, James 23 Jones, Nate 67 Koppen, Dan 90 Koutouvides, Niko 72 Light, Matt 26 Lockett, Bret 74 Love, Kyle 15 Mallett, Ryan 70 Mankins, Logan 51 Mayo, Jerod 32 McCourty, Devin 65 McDonald, Nick 14 Mesko, Zoltan 27 Molden, Antwaun 29 Moore, Sterling 50 Ninkovich, Rob 85 Ochocinco, Chad 60 Ohrnberger, Rich 36 Polite, Lousaka 91 Pryor, Myron 22 Ridley, Stevan 18 Slater, Matthew 77 Solder, Nate 55 Spikes, Brandon 53 Tarpinian, Jeff 64 Thomas, Donald 10 Underwood, Tiquan 34 Vereen, Shane 76 Vollmer, Sebastian 98 Warren, Gerard 54 Waters, Brian 83 Welker, Wes 62 Wendell, Ryan 58 White, Tracy 75 Wilfork, Vince 41 Williams, Malcolm

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Dallas in the regular-season finale to clinch the NFC East and get to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. New York dominated Atlanta at home in the opening round. Then came another stunner: a 37-20 victory at Green Bay — knocking out the defending Super Bowl champions. Manning extended the best season of his career with one more solid performance. Specials teams proved the difference in overtime, as Jacquian Williams forced a fumble on a punt return and Lawrence Tynes kicked the Giants past the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 for the NFC title. "Hats off to Eli, offense, defense," Tynes said. "Great win." And now, it's off to Indy. Giants-Patriots, one more time.

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Mass. warns Pats fans about the travel scams of Super Bowl in Indi The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Patriots fans dreaming of attending the Super Bowl should be careful about travel scams, false promises and misleading offers. That's the message in an advisory by state officials one day after New England won the AFC championship to earn a spot in the Feb. 5 game in Indianapolis against the New York Giants. Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs Barbara Anthony said fans

should carefully review travel packages advertised online and make sure tickets and accommodations are fully guaranteed. The advisory urged fans to only buy tickets from legitimate, licensed resellers, and to be wary of ads posted on sites such as Craigslist or eBay. The office cited one online package, starting at nearly $5,000, advertising a hotel "minutes" from downtown Indianapolis. The hotel was, in fact, 17 miles from the stadium.


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A closer look at the head coaches New York head coach: Tom Coughlin Long regarded as one of the NFL’s premier head coaches, Tom Coughlin reached the pinnacle of his profession in the 2007 season when he led the Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants, heavy underdogs entering the game, scored two fourthquarter touchdowns to defeat the previously-undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14.  The championship season capped a Giants revival that began when Coughlin was named the 16th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 6, 2004. The Giants won only four games in the season before his arrival. A successful head coach in the NFL and on the collegiate level, Coughlin was an assistant coach with the Giants when they won Super Bowl XXV in 1990. He quickly put the team back on a path that would ultimately lead to another Super Bowl victory. The Giants improved from four to six to 11 victories and the NFC East title in Coughlin’s first two seasons with the team. Coughlin twice led the Jaguars to the AFC Championship Game prior to leading the Giants to victory in the 2007 NFC Championship Game. He is the sixth coach to lead teams to a championship game in each conference since the 1970 merger. The others include Parcells and Dan Reeves (both former Giants coaches), as well as Chuck Knox, Dungy and Gruden. The 2007 Giants set several milestone achievements on their way to the NFL championship. The Giants became the fifth Wild Card team to win the Super Bowl, the second in

New England head coach: Bill Belichick Pro Career: Bill Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a fouryear span. In 2007, he became the first NFL head coach to guide his team to a 16-0 regular season. Belichick was hired by Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on Jan. 27, 2000 and has directed the Patriots to victories in Super Bowls XXXVI (2001), XXXVIII (2003) and XXXIX (2004). In 2007, Coach Belichick earned NFL Coach of the Year honors as the Patriots became the fourth team in the league's 88year history to complete an undefeated regular season and the first to achieve the feat since the NFL increased the number of regular-season games to 16 in 1978. Belichick joined Pro Football Hall of Famers

three years (the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XL) and the first from the NFC. They were the second team to win the Super Bowl after winning three postseason games on the road to get there (again joining the 2005 Steelers). The No. 5 Giants were the lowest-seeded NFC team to win the Super Bowl since the NFL began seeding teams in 1990.  Coughlin previously coached the Jacksonville Jaguars, taking charge of the expansion franchise more than 18 months prior to its first game and guiding the team for its first eight seasons. Under Coughlin, the Jaguars were the most successful expansion team in NFL history. Coughlin compiled a 68-60 regular season record (.531), plus a 4-4 mark in the playoffs, and twice took Jacksonville to the AFC Championship Game. The Jaguars made the playoffs every year from 1996-99, the only expansion team in history to earn four postseason berths in its first five seasons. Under Coughlin, the Jaguars compiled several statistical impressive records. Jacksonville was 55-12 in games in which it owned a lead entering the fourth period. The Jaguars were 40-28 in games against division opponents, 21-3 in games in which they scored a touchdown on their initial offensive possession and 51-30 in games in which they rushed for at least 100 yards. Coughlin became the first head coach of the expansion Jaguars on Feb. 21, 1994, 559 days before the franchise played its first regular season game. In 1995, Jacksonville won four games, more than any previous expansion team in NFL history. The follow-

ing year, Coughlin was named NFL Coach of the Year by United Press International as the Jaguars made the playoffs in just their second season and advanced all the way to the Championship AFC Game, where they lost to the New England Patriots. That began a streak of four consecutive playoff seasons for the Jaguars. In both 1997 and ‘98 Jacksonville won 11 games, winning their first division title in 1998. The following season, the Jaguars had an NFL-best record of 142 and again advanced to the conference title game. Coughlin arrived in Jacksonville following three years as the head coach at Boston College, where he turned a struggling program into a Top 20 team. He was 21-13-1 in three seasons (1991-93) with the Eagles, including 9-3 in 1993, when Boston College won eight consecutive games, defeated topranked Notre Dame, 4139, and beat Virginia in the Carquest Bowl. Coughlin’s last Boston College team was ranked 12th in the USA Today/CNN coaches poll and 13th by the Associated Press, despite starting the season 0-2. The Eagles were 8-2-1 in 1992 and 4-7 in his first season in 1991.  Coughlin was the Giants wide receivers coach under Parcells from 1988-90. Under his tutelage, receivers such as Mark Ingram, Lionel Manuel, Odessa Turner and Stephen Baker all improved and helped the Giants win their second Super Bowl. Coughlin began his coaching career in 1969 as a graduate assistant at Syracuse, his alma mater. Thomas Richard Coughlin was born on Aug. 31, 1946 in Waterloo.

George Halas and Don Shula as the only head coaches to complete undefeated regular seasons. New England's 18 overall victories in 2007 tied the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1984 San Francisco 49ers for the most in league history. New England became the first team in NFL history and the first major American pro sports team since 1884 to open a season with 18 straight wins. The Patriots set all-time NFL records for points scored (589), touchdowns (75) and point differential (+315) in addition to numerous individual and team records. Of the Patriots' 22 starters in Super Bowl XLII, 21 were acquired since Belichick became head coach in 2000. Belichick launched his career in 1975 as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts, then became an assistant special teams coach with Detroit (197677) and Denver (1978). In 1979, he joined the New York Giants to begin a 12-

season stint. Belichick was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1991, becoming the youngest head coach in the NFL at age 37. By 1994, Belichick returned the Browns to the playoffs, finishing 11-5 and advancing to the second round, while allowing a league-low 204 total points. In 1996, Belichick joined New England and was a key contributor to the team's rebound from a 6-10 season in 1995 to an 11-5 season and the team's first division title in 10 years en route to the Patriots' appearance in Super Bowl XXXI. Belichick then spent three seasons with the Jets from 1997 to 1999, helping New York improve from a 1-15 season in 1996 to reach the AFC Championship Game in 1998. Background: Belichick was a center/tight end at Wesleyan 1971-74. Personal: Born April 16, 1952, Nashville.

Who will win it all?! William Wilczewski Giants 21-17 At least I hope so! N.Y. has to win any rivalry with anything Bostonian!

Rene Ramirez Patriots 31-20 The New England Patriots will prevail! Brady and the "Gronkster" will destroy the Giants!

Luis Zendejas New York 27-21 “Giants all the way!”

Brad Beach Patriots 27-21 If I was going to get into a fight and you told me the guy I was going to fight was named Gronkowsky and his older brothers are Gostlowski, Nirkovich, Gostkowski, Koutoviders and he has two Irish cousins called McCourty and Mcdonals, I wouldn't stand a chance ... and neither do the Giants.

Roger Bristow New England 31-21 I'm not a fan of either team but I doubt the Giants can sneak up on them this time. It should be a good game.

Vince Villanucci New York 21-17 It will be a close game but New York will win.

Mitch Crossley Patriots 38-28

Rudy Molera Patriots 31-24

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Roger Conroy Giants 24-21 BecauseI'mfromN.Y.and the Giants have Manning. It doesn't matter what color hoodie Bill Belichick wears, he'll hide his head in defeat.

Ricardo “Bambi” De La Riva New York (no score) Giants will win by two touch downs. They have a stronger defense and, as you know, defense wins games.

Ricardo Villarreal (NI circulation director) New York 24-14 If the Giants win, the first person to call 520-375-5775 you will receive a free 6month NI subscription.

Manuel Andres Coppola Patriots 30-24 I would put money on the Patriots. They seemed like the more-complete team in the playoffs. Two words: Tom Brady!

Super Sunday recipes Ground Beef Baked Beans Recipe Ingredients 3 pounds ground beef 4 cans (15-3/4 ounces each) pork and beans 2 cups ketchup 1 cup water 2 envelopes onion soup mix 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup ground mustard 1/4 cup molasses

1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves Directions In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; heat through. Transfer to two greased 2-qt. baking dishes. Cover and freeze one dish for up to 3 months.

Cover and bake the second dish at 400°for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until bubbly. To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator. Cover and bake at 400°for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until bubbly. Yield: 2 casseroles (10-12 servings each).

... but I don’t know what I’m doing!

Touchdown Brat Sliders Recipe Ingredients 5 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped 1 pound uncooked bratwurst links, casings removed 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed 1 cup dark beer or nonalcoholic beer 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon pepper 16 dinner rolls, split and toasted 2 cups cheddar and sour cream potato chips, crushed Directions In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving drippings. Cook bratwurst and onion in drippings over medium

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heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the cream cheese, beer, mustard and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon. Spoon 1/4 cup onto each roll; sprinkle with chips. Replace tops. Yield: 16 sliders.

Who do YOU think? E-mail sports@nogalesi nternational.com.

Ross Spencer Giants 34-27 The Giants have more exOhio State players. The Patriots have more ex-Michigan players. Therefore, I have come to the “scientific” conclusion that the Giants will win.

Marion Vendituoli Patriots 31-17 But what do I know, I'm only a girl. (OK, I did get some input from my son here.)

Priscilla Bolanos New York (no score) Because they beat SF in a really closed game. They are more lucky than good ... haha!

Alexandra Franco New York Giants 27-24 I’ve heard that the Giants’ defensive line is pretty good. (That sums up all my football knowledge.)


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Super Bowl week begins, ice and snow no-shows in Indy By Joe Kay The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick could leave his familiar hoodies in the hotel drawer. There was no need to bundle up for the start of only the fourth Super Bowl week in a northern city. Ice and snow? Notable no-shows. Fans threw open their jackets as they walked around downtown streets near Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday, hoping to get a glimpse of a celebrity in town for the game between New England and the New York Giants. Temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s were forecast for the start of the week, well above normal. The sunshine felt so good that it made for a joke or two. "I know the way we're preparing and the way we've controlled the weather, which is hard to do," Colts owner Jim Irsay said, smiling. "But we've

had certain techniques that were going to keep hidden, and I hope they hold." Already, it's way better than Dallas. Weather is a major concern when the title game goes north, but some of the biggest problems came down south last year. Snow and 100 hours of sub-freezing temperatures snarled traffic and led to injuries when an icy patch fell off the stadium roof and hit six workers. Indianapolis watched and prepared. "You can have anything in Indiana," Super Bowl Host Committee spokeswoman Mel Raines said. "Our plan is intended for everything." In its first three times at a northern exposure, the NFL's title game has experienced a little of everything. The ground-breaking game came after the 1981 season in Detroit, a test of whether it would work outside the sunny climes of

Florida, New Orleans, Texas and California. The week leading up to the game between the Bengals and 49ers included bursts of snow culminating in nasty conditions for game day. Bored players passed the time that week by spinning their tires on the ice-covered hotel parking lot for fun. "I think the biggest challenge was for guys not to get bored to tears," former Bengals offensive lineman Dave Lapham said. "We kind of felt cooped up, really. Guys talked about: What are we going to do? Ski? Ice skate? You could strap on skates and skate on the streets. There was nothing do to." Traffic heading to the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., on game day got clogged by another burst of snow. Fans braved temperatures of 13 degrees and a wind chill of 21 below. After that experience, there was talk that the

league would never venture north again for a Super Bowl. "I thought they'd stick to it, honestly," said Lapham, now a broadcaster for the Bengals. "But with the dynamic of people putting up more money for stadiums, they're going to reward communities." Ten years later, the Bills and Redskins played for the title in Minneapolis, where the ground was covered with snow but the region handled it much more smoothly. Then, the cold became a selling point for some Redskins players. Earnest Byner, Art Monk, Monte Coleman and Chip Lohmiller went ice fishing on Cedar Lake in 30-below wind chills. Byner caught a 4inch perch using a wax worm. The game returned to Detroit after the 2005 season and things went much more smoothly despite a little snow on game day, when the Steelers beat the

Seahawks. Last year's game in Dallas became an unexpected reminder of what can go wrong in winter, no matter where the location. A snowstorm and 100 consecutive hours of subfreezing temperatures turned the Dallas area into an ice rink. Snow and ice fell from the roof of Cowboys Stadium, injuring six workers on the plaza below. Organizers had spread events around a 30-mile area to emphasize the regional support for the game, creating major travel problems when the weather went bad. Indianapolis has done it differently. Most of the Super Bowl events are clustered downtown, minimizing travel. Temporary structures for the Super Bowl festivities were fitted with wind gauges for safety. On Sunday, two tents at an NFL fan exhibit were closed for about an hour because of high winds.

The roof of Lucas Oil Stadium is designed to collect and melt any falling ice to prevent what happened in Dallas. The city removed parking meters from high-traffic streets downtown so snow could be easily pushed away. Twenty-four snow removal trucks were on call for the game, four times the normal amount. The host committee recruited "Super Shoveler" volunteers to help clear sidewalks if it snowed. In some ways, it's a warm-up act for the first true cold-weather title game. The 2014 Super Bowl will be co-hosted by New York and New Jersey, played outdoors instead of in a dome during the middle of winter. The logo for that game? blue-and-white A snowflake. (Associated Press sports writer Michael Marot and AP writer Carrie Schedler in Indianapolis contributed to this report.)

Deciphering the Super Bowl: XLVI is Greek to kids these days By LEANNE ITALIE The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Kids LOL and OMG each other all the livelong day, but ask them to decipher the XLVI of this year's Super Bowl and you might as well be talking Greek. They may know what X means, or V and I, but Roman numerals beyond the

basics have largely gone the way of cursive and penmanship as a subject taught in the nation's schools. Students in high school and junior high get a taste of the Roman system during Latin (where Latin is still taught, anyway). And they learn a few Roman numerals in history class when they study the monarchs of Europe.

But in elementary school, "Roman numerals are a minor topic," said Jeanine Brownell of the early mathematics development program at Erickson Institute, a child-development graduate school in Chicago. That's not how Joe Horrigan remembers it. "I went to Catholic school. I still have bruised

knuckles from not learning them," said the NFL historian and spokesman for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. What's wrong with good ol' 46 to describe this year's Super Bowl between the Giants and the Patriots on Sunday? "'Number 46,' it just kind of sounds like an inventory. 'Inspected by

Joe,'" said Joe, who is LX years old. "Those Roman numerals, they're almost like trophies." Any football fan worth his weight in nachos will find a way to figure out the Super Bowl number from one year to the next, but shouldn't kids have some sense of the Romans as an actual numbering system? "My son is in first grade

and this recently came up when we were clock shopping," said Eileen Wolter of Summit, N.J. "He couldn't believe they were real numbers. They only ever get used for things like copyrights or sporting events, which in my humble opinion harkens even further back to the gladiaSee GREEK / Page 8


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Blood donor gets her Bowl tickets The Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who became a regular blood donor to repay the units used by her late husband has won a pair of tickets to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis because of her generosity. Carol Sikler, 50, of Lafayette won the tickets from the Indiana Blood Center. Sikler was as surprised as anyone when she found out she'd be attending football's biggest event next Sunday. "I'm not the kind of person who wins things," she

told the Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/A 8PLga ) for a story published Sunday. But those around her said no one is more deserving. "She's a good example of what people should do," said Dee Duncan, a phlebotomist at the Indiana Blood Center in Lafayette. Giving blood has also helped her deal with the grief of losing her husband, Chuck Sikler, a former pastor at Baptist Temple in Logansport. He died in 2003, after having his colon removed 2½ years earlier. She won the tickets for donating blood or blood products at least four times

in three months. She recently passed 143 donated units of either whole blood or platelets, matching the number of units her late husband used before he died. "It's a way for me to do something for someone that can't ever thank me or pay me back personally. It's giving without expectation," she said. About a year after her husband's death, Sikler and her daughter moved to Lafayette to be closer to her job at Purdue University, where she's worked in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department for 14 years.

On one of her early donation visits, she was asked to be a platelet donor. The platelet donation process takes longer, as much as two hours each time, because the blood is taken out and platelets are separated through a machine. The red blood cells and most of the plasma, or liquid in the blood, are then returned. The replenishment to the donor means people can give platelets more often, some every seven days. Duncan, who's worked closely with Sikler at the Lafayette donation center, called her one of the most dynamic women she's ever met. "When she walks into a room, she's boisterous and

vivacious. There's a little bit of country in her, which is charming," Duncan said. "She's very dedicated to her church, to her daughter. And she's very dedicated to donating blood." Wendy Mehringer, chief marketing officer for Indiana Blood Center, said contests such as the Super Bowl ticket giveaway are designed to encourage more donors to follow Sikler's example. The organization is trying to increase donation volume by pushing people to give at least twice each year. "You can donate every 56 days, but that's not the case most people," for Mehringer said. "We don't see most people twice."

More frequent visits from the blood center's 110,000 unique donors would go a long way toward stabilizing the state's supply. Plus, Mehringer said platelet donations are always needed because the product has only a five-day shelf life. Mehringer said Sikler's trip to the Super Bowl is well-deserved. And as a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Sikler plans to root for Eli Manning and the New York Giants. "We only have one person going to the game, but (Sikler's) carrying the flag for all of us at the blood center," Mehringer said. "We could not be more excited for her."

Group of protesters march through Super Bowl Village By CARRIE SCHEDLER The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A mix of union members and Occupy protesters from across Indiana marched through Super Bowl Village on Saturday in opposition to the state's proposed right-to-work legislation. About 75 marchers weaved through packed crowds at the pre-game street fair in downtown Indianapolis in the first of what could be several such

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torial barbaric nature of things like the Super Bowl." Gerard Michon isn't much of a football fan, either, but he keeps a close eye on Super Bowls over at Numericana.com, where he dissects math and physics and discusses the Roman system ad nauseam. Starting with Super Bowl XLI in 2007, he has been getting an abnormal number of game-day visits from football fans with a sudden interest in Roman numerals. On the day of last year's Super Bowl XLV, so many people visited that Michon's little server crashed. When the dust cleared, he had logged 15,278 hits, more than 90 percent landing on "XLV." "Last year was total madness," Michon said, in part "because so many people were wondering why VL

protests before the big game Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The protesters chanted "Occupy the Super Bowl" and carried signs that read "Fight the Lie" and "Workers United Will Prevail." Saturday was the second straight day of right-towork protests in the Super Bowl Village. About 40 people picketed the opening of a zip line in the Village. Most onlookers stared in silence as the protesters walked past them, but some like Jason Leibowitz of

Jamestown were upset about their outing being interrupted. "There's a place and a time for this," Leibowitz said. "This isn't it." Organizers of the march say the protests will likely continue if Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signs the divisive bill. Supporters of the legislation insist the measure helps create a pro-business climate that attracts employers and increases jobs. Opponents say the measure only leads to lower wages and poorer quality jobs.

isn't a correct replacement for XLV." When the Super Bowl started, the games were assigned simple Roman numerals "that everybody knows," he said. Now "it looks kind of mysterious." The use of Roman numerals to designate Super Bowls began with game V in 1971, won by the Baltimore Colts over the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 on Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining. Numerals I through IV were added later for the first four Super Bowls. "The NFL didn't model after the Olympics," said Dan Masonson, director of the league's corporate communications. Instead, he said, the Roman system was adopted to avoid any confusion that might occur because of the way the Super Bowl is held in a different year from the one in which most of the regular season is played. Bob Moore, historian for the Kansas City Chiefs,

credits the idea of using Roman numerals to Lamar Hunt, the late Chiefs owner and one of the godfathers of the modern NFL. (History also credits Hunt with coming up with the name "Super Bowl" for the big game.) "The Roman numerals made it much more important," Moore said. "It's much more magisterial." Or as Michon put it: Quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur — "Anything stated in Latin looks important." Linsey Knerl, who is homeschooling her five children in Tekamah, Neb., is teaching them Roman numerals, showing her oldest — who is 13 — how to decipher chapter numbers while reading "Oliver Twist." "I realize that it may not seem to be the most culturally relevant thing you can teach kids these days," she said. "But if kids can get what LOL and ROFL mean, things like XXII should be a piece of cake."

A pre-Super Bowl refresher on Roman numerals The Associated Press With Super Bowl XLVI approaching, a primer on Roman numerals: I equals 1; V equals 5; X equals 10; L equals 50; C equals 100; D equals 500; M equals 1,000 Roman numerals are usually arranged in descending value and added up from left to right. But when a smaller number is placed before a larger one, the smaller value is subtracted from the larger one to the right. For example: IV is 4, XL is 40 and CM equals 900. So MCMXLIV is 1944. There are certain restrictions when subtracting. For example, 45 is written as XLV, not VL. And 49 is XLIX, not IL.


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