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When Page 2 decided to send Bill Simmons to the Big Easy during Super Bowl week and Mardi Gras, we feared for his safety. Our worst fears were confirmed this morning when Simmons wrote back to tell us that he's surrounded by strange food, stranger people and a party that's always threatening to get out of control.
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What do Cheryl Ladd, Vince Lombardi, a Hy-Vee grocery store, Ugly and Kenny King have in common? Well, they all start with different letters of the alphabet, which is very convenient when trying to compose a clever-yet-instructive A-to-Z look at the history of the Super Bowl.

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Apparently, English golfer Lee Westwood is so good, he can afford to play the toughest of games with a blindfold on. Or maybe not. As is so often the case, Page 2 was so confused by last week's Mystery Photo that we called on our readers for help. Check out the best responses.
Which is the more irresistible force -- the St. Louis Rams' speed or Bill Belichick's brain power? Who's a bigger loser -- Pennsylvania football fans or the roller-coaster rep of Kordell Stewart? Tough ones, huh? So don't just sit there ... check out Page 2's Power Poll and find out.


The Super Bowl might be the only event where we don't change the channel during commercials. Check out Page 2's list of the Top 10 commercials introduced during a Super Bowl, and then drop us a note with your choice for the top ad. Later this week, we'll run a poll to crown the No. 1 Super Bowl commercial.

10]  Master Lock: "Marksman" (1974)
So convincing it made you want to put locks on everything in the house.
9]  Electronic Data Systems: "Herding Cats" (2000)
Great use of computer imaging, fun spoof of Marlboro Man-style macho.
8]  Budweiser: "Cedric" (2001)
Actually a public service announcement: Never, ever dance with a bottle in your hand.
7]   Monster.com: "When I Grow Up" (1999)
The kids look smart and ironic while the rest of us come off like dopes.
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SUPER BOWL FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Sunday Rams 14 Patriots 52½
NBA FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tuesday Sixers 2 Knicks 180
Tuesday Bucks 5 Celtics 197
Tuesday Sonics 1 Blazers 190
MEN'S HOOPS FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Tuesday Florida Kentucky 158
Tuesday Ohio State 1 Illinois 137
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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HEY, RUBE
Conjuring images of big beasts, Richard Nixon and Nazis, the Good Doctor's getting psyched for a big win on the Big Game.

SUPER DEBATE
Page 2's Bob Halloran has argued all along that Drew Bledsoe should be starting. He feels even stronger about it now that the Pats have reached the Super Bowl.

THE SPORTS GUY
In first postcard from New Orleans, Page 2's Bill Simmons is dancing in the streets over the surprising Pats.

THE WATER COOLER
Brian Murphy can't believe New England is in the Super Bowl, but he's relieved the world has been spared the debauchery of Pats fans and Eagles fans in New Orleans.
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One guy is an Oscar-winning director. The other hopes to direct one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history. It's Oliver Stone, left, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Page 2 has received four requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo for Page 2.

Men's hoops: Illinois at Ohio State
7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Illini are ranked 12th but trail Buckeyes in Big Ten.
 
Clippers at Mavericks
8 p.m. ET, TBS
Two fun teams to watch.
 
Men's hoops: Kentucky at Florida
9 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 6 Gators look to get back on track against No. 11 Wildcats.
 
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