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IT JUST WOULDN'T BE SUPER WITHOUT ...

The guarantee

Ever since Joe Namath guaranteed a Jets victory over the heavily favored Colts in Super Bowl III, then made good, reporters have sought out the brashest participants looking for similar storylines. But this year's crew hasn't even produced decent locker room material. The most head-turning comments probably came from Panthers special teamer Jarrod Cooper, who Tuesday declared his love for pop star Christina Aguilera.

NUMBERS OF THE DAY

5 _ Inches of cigar brandished by the late Art Rooney, "the Chief," when the Steelers won their first NFL title in SB IX.

6 _ Super Bowl games coached by Don Shula (Colts 1, Dolphins 5).

7 _ Rushing yards by Patriots vs. Bears in SB XX.

10-6 _ Worst regular-season record by a Super Bowl winner (49ers, SB XXIII).

13-1 _ Best regular-season record by a Super Bowl loser (Raiders, SB II, Colts, SB III).

_ BRUCE LOWITT

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Which Super Bowl foes combined for the fewest yards?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"The Patriots have never lost a game the week after Meryl Streep wins a Golden Globe."

_ CRAIG KILBORN

Host of The Late, Late Show when asked for his Super Bowl pick

SITE OF THE DAY

jacksonvillesuperbowl.com: Never too early to look ahead to 2005, when Jacksonville hosts Super Bowl XXXIX. The host committee's official site already is counting down the 374 days until its Super Bowl and offering online registration for an estimated 8,000 volunteers. The site is a little behind the times, though, promising visitors it has a media presentation at "this year's Super Bowl in San Diego."

ANSWER

Giants and Ravens (396, Super Bowl XXXV).

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