The ultimate insiders
Outspoken Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco and other prominent NFL players will be asking the questions and giving reports during Super Bowl week.
The media-savvy Ochocinco plans to attend news conferences and parties leading up to the title game in Miami, gathering insights for his array of social networks.
He'll have help in the unprecedented plan. Redskins TE Chris Cooley, Ravens Pro Bowl RB Ray Rice and Cardinals Pro Bowl DL Darnell Dockett will tote microphones and toss questions at the Colts and the Saints.
Head of the class
A year ago, Indianapolis OG Kyle DeVan was living with his parents and waiting for the next substitute teaching job. Now he's getting ready to start in the Super Bowl.
"It's been the longest year of my life," DeVan said. "But at the same time, it's been the funnest year of my life. It's just been tremendous."
DeVan grew up in Vacaville, Calif., played at Oregon State then signed as an undrafted free agent with the Redskins. He was cut before training camp in 2008, then briefly landed with the Jets before getting cut again in late August. Two months later, DeVan was back with the Jets, on the practice squad, where he stayed until getting cut a third time in mid December.
With bills to pay, he went back to work in his old school district where few students dared to mess with the 6-foot-2, 306-pound substitute.
"I taught high school, junior high and elementary school," DeVan said. "I taught everybody from fifth grade through seniors."
But he still wanted to play football, and when Boise of the arenafootball2 league offered him a chance, DeVan put down the books, picked up the weights and headed to Idaho. There the Colts saw enough to bring DeVan to training camp, and he earned a spot on the active roster.
"The thing that helped me was that I had nothing to lose," DeVan said. "If they didn't want me, I would have gone back to arena2."
Check it out
The hottest video in Indianapolis these days is of 3-year-old LJ Killinger of Zionsville, who is so obsessed with the Colts that he can recite the roster (first and last name) by looking at the jersey number on a flashcard. See it at youtube.com/profile?user=jemack99.
"We had to cancel our first game and had to use LSU as a place to bring some of the folks from New Orleans. … My area was flooded. Two weeks without light, electricity, none of that stuff. So I can only imagine what it was like for the people of New Orleans. I feel like them getting to the Super Bowl is a good thing for them."
Colts RB Joseph Addai, who was at LSU in Baton Rouge, about 80 miles northwest of New Orleans, when Hurricane Katrina hit
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Miami, Super Bowl Sunday: High 72, low 56, partly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of rain; on Monday, rain drove the Saints indoors for practice (at the Dolphins' facility) and forced the league to move today's media day activities under cover.
No big deal (finally)
Colts coach Jim Caldwell is the fourth African-American to guide a team to a Super Bowl, and it doesn't matter.
Former Colts coach Tony Dungy and Bears coach Lovie Smith destroyed the NFL's last great myth about minorities when they met in Super Bowl XLI. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reaffirmed that race has no significance in determining success when he joined Dungy as the second African-American to win a Super Bowl.
So now the fact that Caldwell, right, is an African-American coach in a Super Bowl is no more significant than his becoming the fifth rookie head coach in a Super Bowl.
And wasn't that the purpose of the Rooney Rule when it was established by the NFL in 2003?
Wasn't it about changing the mind-set of an "Old Boys Network?" Wasn't it about opening the minds of NFL owners to the notion that race should not be a determining factor in whether a head coach or top executive will be effective at their jobs?
John Smallwood, Philadelphia Daily News
Coach Jim Caldwell says the Colts are preparing to play without DE Dwight Freeney in the Super Bowl, though he remains hopeful the All-Pro defensive end will suit up. Freeney's sprained right ankle kept him out of practice most of last week. Caldwell says Freeney has healed quickly from injuries before. But he said the team is working on a rotation that would be used if Freeney doesn't play.
More "who dat" data
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said he does not see the need to file a lawsuit against the NFL over ownership of "Who Dat" or the fleur-de-lis. Caldwell said he and members of his staff spent an hour on a conference call with lawyers for the NFL over trademark claims to the slogan and symbol that have become attached to the Saints. Caldwell said the bottom line from the legal back-and-forth with the league is that the NFL "is conceding it has no exclusive rights to the fleur-de-lis and no exclusive rights to 'Who Dat' and offshoots of 'Who Dat,' and no exclusive rights to the colors black and gold." Confirming what the NFL said in clarifying statements released Friday, Caldwell said merchants can sell products with the phrase and flower insignia as long as they do not claim it is officially licensed NFL items. "They can't represent it as a Saints logo or product," Caldwell said. NFL officials could not be reached for comment.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Some Super Bowl wagers, courtesy of bodog.com:
How many times will CBS show Archie Manning live on TV during the game (from opening kickoff to final whistle)?
How many times will CBS show Eli Manning on TV during the game?
How many times will CBS show Kim Kardashian (Reggie Bush's girlfriend) live on TV during the game?
How many times will CBS show former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy on TV during the game?