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February 6, 2012

Shades of Tyree

Mario Manningham's sideline grab will be remembered as the play that beat the Patriots

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"I didn't put my Brady jersey on until we were safely on the ground in Indianapolis," said Ford.

The group flew back out Sunday night.

Biggest Pats fan at Butler

Butler University senior Emily Alaimo planned to spend the Super Bowl with friends on campus.

A huge Pats fan, she planned on leading the cheers.

The special education major probably could serve as a great ambassador, not just for Butler but for the whole Indianapolis experience.

"I love it out here," said Alaimo. "I'm definitely thinking about relocating after graduation. It will be tough with so much family and so many friends back home. But I've grown to love it here."

Truly special teams

An early MVP last night for the Giants was punter Steve Weatherford. He nailed the Patriots inside the 10-yard-line three times, twice with sweet bounces and stuck another out of bounds inside the 10.

A fourth should have been downed inside the 5-yard line, but the Giant in coverage misplayed it and allowed it to go into the end zone.

Clarkson outstanding

American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson again proved herself a tremendous talent, singing a flawless National Anthem, not over-singing but still filling it with flair.

Message to big-time sporting event organizers, book Kelly to sing the Anthem. No more flavor of the months or unnecessary big games (sorry Steven Tyler).

On the other hand, this reporter (Willis) found Madonna's halftime show to be very boring. Frankly, her press conference had more flair.

Yet, ultra-cool Cee-Lo Green was left to make just a cameo appearance.

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