Monday, June 18, 2018
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Super Bowl news and notes

Quote of the day

"It's definitely all about him. Once a guy goes to the center of the field, goes into the victory formation on the last play of his last home game … I just don't think the Giants or any organization I've ever been a part of — even growing up — would allow somebody to single themselves out like that. You're becoming a caricature of yourself. It's exhausting."

Amani Toomer, ex-Giants receiver on Ravens LB Ray Lewis, citing his actions during the AFC wild-card game

By the numbers

44 Touchdowns scored by both the Ravens and the 49ers during the regular season.

Prop bets of the day

San Francisco margin of victory

1-6: 3-17-12: 4-1

13-18: 6-119-24: 10-1

25-30: 16-131-plus: 25-1

Baltimore margin of victory

1-6: 4-17-12: 6-1

13-18: 10-119-24: 20-1

25-30: 40-131-plus: 80-1

Quick! Who's Flacco's backup?

Tyrod Taylor is the forgotten quarterback at the Super Bowl. His resume? Two years, no starts and 30 passes — 25 in the Ravens' meaningless regular-season finale Dec. 30. That's because Joe Flacco has started every game over the past five seasons and never missed a down because of injury or ineffectiveness. Still, Taylor, a standout at Virginia Tech, knows he's one play from getting into the game. "There are so many situations throughout the league where the next guy is called in," Taylor said, "so you can't look at how many straight games Joe has played without being injured."

Ticket demands can get dicey

Jacoby Jones, the Ravens' All-Pro kick returner, was overwhelmed for game tickets by his family and friends who live in New Orleans. Each player and coach can get 15, two for free, the rest for purchase. Prices range this year from $800 to $1,200. "I said I only got nine, so they'd fight over them," he said with a laugh. Then he got smart and put his mother, Emily, in charge of distribution: "My mom is old-school, no nonsense. She's from here, born and raised. It will be immediate family."

Endorsement potential

Who are the most marketable personalities in this year's game? "The Harbaugh brothers and (49ers QB) Colin Kaepernick," said Matt Delzell, who specializes in celebrity endorsements. "The Harbaughs make for a good story line (as opposing coaches), and Kaepernick is a dynamic player with a warm disposition who has deftly handled the spotlight." Allegations of using performance-enhancing substances might cause some to back away from Ravens LB Ray Lewis. "With a big personality and a Hall of Fame career, Ray was clearly one of the most marketable players heading into Sunday's game," Delzell said. "Even if (the claims) prove to be false, it still hurts his marketability in the short term."

This time, she does it live

Beyonce, the halftime performer, sang the national anthem Thursday just like at the inauguration. The difference? On Thursday, it was live. After the song, she acknowledged she lip-synched Jan. 21. "I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra," she said, adding she was emotional that day in Washington. "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance." And after her rendition Thursday, she had the line of the day: "Any questions?"

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