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Pro Football Weekly presents the sights and sounds of Super Bowl XLIV.

An official take

Posted Feb. 03, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
Before closing up shop at PFW for the evening, I thought I’d quickly pose a question about this Sunday’s game that I can’t seem to get out of my head: WHAT WILL THE QUALITY OF THE OFFICIATING BE LIKE?There have been more than a few Super Bowls in which there didn’t seem to be much officiating at all, with the zebras opting to employ a “Let the players play” mindset ...

Health of Freeney, Powers top Colts' storylines

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 7:42 a.m.
Greetings from the Colts' morning media session in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Colts head coach Jim Caldwell will be speaking in about 15 minutes, and I'd guess he'll be asked to update the status of DE Dwight Freeney (ankle) and CB Jerraud Powers (foot), both of whom missed practice yesterday. Freeney may not practice all week; that's what he indicated might happen on Tuesday. Powers' case is a little more unclear, but the ...

Super Bowl props worth pondering

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 11:03 a.m.
So I realize this is already yesterday’s news, but I was driving to work Wednesday morning and the sports-talk radio guy I was listening to you mentioned that when the age of the Super Bowl halftime entertainers is over 47, the underdog wins 60 percent of the time, or something to that effect.For PETE’s sake! WHO thought that one up?Anyway, it got me to thinking about Super Bowl proposition bets and ...

Colts DT Johnson getting most out of film study

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 1:35 p.m.
In his third NFL season, Colts DT Antonio Johnson has become a starter, and he's teamed with Dan Muir to provide an effective, if anonymous, tandem in the middle for Indianapolis. Johnson said he's become much better at studying film this season, which has helped him get a read on his opposition. "Every guy has a tendency, and every guy gives things away," he said. Johnson said he looks closely at how a ...

No surprise: Freeney, Powers "day-to-day"

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 2:08 p.m.
As expected, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell addressed the status of DE Dwight Freeney (ankle) and CB Jerraud Powers (foot) on Thursday morning: "In relationship to Dwight, it's day-to-day. It just kind of depends on how he feels and what the doctors think. In terms of how much he's going to do, we kind of just go with the flow and allow him to adjust as he goes. We anticipate it's going ...

Gonzalez's injury allows Colts' hidden gems to emerge

Posted Feb. 04, 2010 @ 4:45 p.m.
Where would the Colts be if WR Anthony Gonzalez did not suffer a serious knee injury in Week One and proceed to miss the remainder of the season? They might still have wound up in the Super Bowl, but honestly, who knows?That's because Gonzalez's absence opened the door for Indy to discover two superb receiving talents: Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. One of them may have emerged even if Gonzo had stayed ...

Five matchups that deserve Super focus

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 3:17 p.m.
We’ve been running key Super Bowl matchups to watch every day on the PFW website, and for what it’s worth, here are five in particular that intrigue me:(1) Colts TE Dallas Clark vs. Saints FS Darren Sharper: What we’ve got here is a pair of Pro Bowlers who each had absolutely outstanding regular seasons. I did a feature story on Clark earlier this year and found him to be a very ...

A-listers, and C-listers, invade the Media Center

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m.
If there's one thing that Super Bowl week is known for other than football overload, it's celebrities taking advantage of the situation to market their latest initiatives. With star-loving sports-radio show hosts eagerly inviting anyone and everyone with a recognizable face to sit down in their Radio Row booths, it's a dream come true for any marketing agency seeking a little free publicity. While I spent the majority of my time down ...

Perspective from Payton

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 6 p.m.
It's not difficult to get lost in the emotion of playing in a Super Bowl, especially when you're the team playing for a city that is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, but Saints head coach Sean Payton did a good job of putting things in perspective when he was asked Friday whether his team faces the added danger of getting too wrapped up in trying to win for New Orleans because of all ...

Saints have few serious injury concerns

Posted Feb. 05, 2010 @ 8:01 p.m.
The Saints are relatively healthy as Super Bowl XLIV draws near. Just two players missed practice on Friday, with CB Randall Gay sitting out because of a stomach illness, per the media pool report, and RB Lynell Hamilton watching practice for a third straight day because of an ankle injury. Hamilton is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Colts, but he is the only Saints player with that designation. However, 19 players ...

A handful of celebrity (sort of) Super Bowl predictions

Posted Feb. 06, 2010 @ 5:08 p.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla — I must admit I had grand ambitions when I started collecting Super Bowl predictions not long after my arrival in South Florida. After all, less than 24 hours on the ground, I had run into Papa John himself (legal name: John Schnatter) at the Pro Bowl, who was graciously shaking hands and taking photos with all comers in the bowels of Sun Life Stadium next to a golf cart topped with a ...

Weather cooperating on Super Sunday

Posted Feb. 07, 2010 @ 9:15 a.m.
Expect clear skies when Super Bowl XLIV kicks off this evening in Miami. According to, there is but a five percent chance of rain tonight when the Colts and Saints play at Sun Life Stadium. Winds are forecast to be 7-8 mph out of the north-northwest. It is a little chilly, relatively speaking, this morning in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where the PFW staff has stayed this week. I stepped out onto my balcony ...

Waters named NFL Man of the Year

Posted Feb. 07, 2010 @ 6:10 p.m.
Chiefs OG Brian Waters was named the NFL's 2009 Walter Payton Man of the Year in a pregame ceremony. The Payton award honors meritorious community-service work. Redskins LB London Fletcher and Browns WR Mike Furrey were also finalists.

Positive signs for Saints on first scoring drive

Posted Feb. 07, 2010 @ 7:14 p.m.
The Saints dug in and responded after the Colts scored the first 10 points of Super Bowl XLIV and did some nice things in the running game on their first scoring drive.  New Orleans has had some success running behind ORG Jahri Evans and figures to continue working the right side of the line going forward. Also, the Saints' passing game showed signs of life. When QB Drew Brees has time to throw, receivers are ...

Saints enter half with rested defense

Posted Feb. 07, 2010 @ 7:47 p.m.
The Colts will get the ball to the second half, and it is imperative that they at least get a few first downs, for their defense, longer-than-usual halftime or not, has to be a little worn out after being on the field for the vast majority of the second quarter.  Credit the Colts for holding New Orleans to just two field goals and stonewalling the Saints' 4th-and-goal run from the 1-yard line late in the ...