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January 25, 2012

Ten Super Bowl stories you won't want to miss

One game and several thousand media members. What's that mean? Stories and more stories. Some of them in our very own newspaper, with some flair, of course.

Here are 10 stories you won't be able to miss if you tried:

1. Indy might as well be N.Y.

It's a great story. Little brother comes to his big brother's long-time home to make some history. You also have to understand that the Patriots are not the favored team in Indianapolis. They hate the Patriots. Always will, probably. And then you add Eli Manning to the mix and it's easy for the locals. They want the Giants.

2. Brady playing at Peyton's Place.

Peyton Manning will be walking around all week. He lives in Indianapolis. But the guy who will be asked about Peyton all week will be Tom Brady. It's understandable. The two have been going head to head for literally 11 years. At some point, expect Brady to remind people that Peyton ain't playing in the Super Bowl.

3. The 2007 Super Bowl.

There's several story lines here. The Giants D-line vs. Brady, the Pats incredible offense scoring only 14 points, the three dropped interceptions on the Giants final drive — Rodney Harrison, Asante Samuel and Brandon Meriweather, and, of course, the perfect season being completely obliterated. The game was a great game. Key players and coaches from both teams are still there.

4. What's a Scarnecchia?

One of the best parts of the Super Bowl is you get to meet the Patriots assistant coaches. Other than a few Belichickian press conferences during the season, they are allowed only to say "his" to the media. Tuesday through Thursday, they are mandated to talk to the media. So it's a chance to reacquaint ourselves with Patriots legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia. He doesn't say too much, but we get to hear his voice.

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