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IT JUST WOULDN'T BE SUPER WITHOUT . . .

Commercials

He may have the perfect name for a Miller Lite or Budweiser commercial, but Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi _ yup, pronounced Brewski _ isn't too concerned about not seeing the famous and highly anticipated commercials that air during the Super Bowl. Bruschi told reporters that while he appreciates the new commercials every Super Bowl Sunday, he won't miss them. "No, but they are fun to watch," he said. "But that is not something that I will miss. The commercials are really popular during the Super Bowl and people spend a lot of money to make them. They can be quite comical at times." Asked if he had a favorite, Bruschi replied: "I remember the Budweiser horses kicking the ball around. I thought that was a pretty good one."

_ ROGER MILLS

NUMBERS OF THE DAY

10.5 _ Yards of Tom Matte's gain per rush for the Colts against the Jets in SB III.

19.6 _ Passer rating of Billy Kilmer in SB VII.

81 _ Yards of longest pass completion, by Green Bay's Brett Favre to Antonio Freeman in SB XXXI.

99 _ Yards of longest kickoff return (Desmond Howard, Packers, for a touchdown vs. Patriots, SB XXXI).

127.8. _ Career passer rating of Joe Montana in four games.

_ BRUCE LOWITT

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Phil Simms was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXI, in which the New York Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 25, 1987. Who sang the national anthem?

Answer below.

QUOTABLE

"It's been a great couple of years. But when that success on the football field goes away, so do all the really neat things I get to do. That's why football is always going to be No. 1."

_ TOM BRADY

Patriots quarterback

ANSWER

Neil Diamond.

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