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Broncos, Seahawks say they're ready

The Broncos and Seahawks declared themselves ready for Sunday's game after going through final practices Friday.

In Florham Park, N.J., the Broncos used the indoor field at the Jets' practice facility for their nearly 90-minute practice after coach John Fox determined the outdoor synthetic field was too hard.

But the team used the outdoor field for the 30-minute walkthrough before practice, allowing for more exposure to the type of wintry elements that could be in play Sunday.

"I just wanted to see what shape the field was in," Fox said.

Of the 53 players on the active roster, DT Sione Fua was the only nonparticipant. Fua is nursing a calf injury and is listed as doubtful for Sunday.

"I feel good about where we are," Fox said. "Our guys have worked hard all week, and the preparation's been good; excited to play the game."

In East Rutherford, N.J., all of the Seahawks were healthy. That includes WR Percy Harvin (concussion) and WR Doug Baldwin (hip).

The Seahawks practiced for 77 minutes at the Giants' practice facility, opening the five doors to simulate the mid-30s temperatures expected.

Said coach Pete Carroll: "And now, we wait."

Local Tie: Ex-USF quarterback B.J. Daniels is running Seattle's scout team. He started the season with the 49ers and now is on the Seahawks' practice squad.

A Little Fun: During Broncos practice, a small plane flew over the field with a message banner that read, "MEET BRONCOS AARON BREWER TONITE AT TIME SQUARE." Aaron Brewer is Denver's low-profile, second-year long-snapper. The plane flew over the field twice and was reminiscent of a gag that highlighted special teams captain Keith Burns when the franchise last played in a Super Bowl.

Iron Men: Make it 48 Super Bowls for Donald Crisman, Larry Jacobson and Tom Henschel. They have attended every Super Bowl. The streak began Jan. 15, 1967, when Green Bay beat Kansas City in Los Angeles.

Jacobson, 74, of San Francisco went to the first game to impress a woman he wanted to date. His airfare, tickets, car, program and dinner for the day "cost less than $100." The woman he eventually married, Jonell, was his date for Super Bowl XI.

Crissman, 77 of Kennebunkport Beach, Maine, got free tickets to his first three Super Bowls.

"At an early point, I said this could turn into the World Series of football," he said. "And I think it has — and then some."

Henschel of Natrona Heights, Pa., was working for an airline in Chicago and tending bar at night. He got to know members of the Bears, who supplied him with tickets early on.

"After three or four years, I said I have to do this every year," Henschel said.

There was a fourth until two years ago, when Bob Cook of Brown Deer, Wis. died at age 79.

God-Infused: Radio row at the Super Bowl had an unusual guest Friday. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, had a special edition of his weekly satellite radio show live from the broadcast center at the media hotel. Guests included commissioner Roger Goodell and Giants co-owner John Mara.

Dolan felt a sense of pride that the game is being played in a region also known for entertainment, communications and finance.

"To see the world zeroed in on us now for sports, Hallelujah," he said after the show. "For me to feel part of the excitement, to see all these great heroes here, I love it."

When asked if he had been given any heavenly insight on who will win Sunday, he said no.

"If I did," he said, laughing, "I would put a big bet on it and pay off St. Patrick's Cathedral."

Broncos, Seahawks say they're ready 01/31/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:03am]
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