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Yes, he's greedy. Once was not enough for Page 2's Bill Simmons. Neither is twice. New England has won two out of the last three Super Bowls, but the Sports Guy still isn't satisfied. And he won't be, not until the Pats win a few more titles and everybody else just has to shut up. After all, now he has something to protect.

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One thing is clear to us now: If we didn't already have the Super Bowl, Page 3 would've invented it. This is a match made in heaven, from Michael Philbrick's rundown of the Top 10 Commercials (including the Pepsi . . . er, bear) to Darren Rovell's Playboy-vs.-Maxim party matchup (including the models . . . er, bare).

Lingerie Bowl Tit for Tat
Pity poor Patrick Hruby. Those evil editors at Page 2 made him watch Nikki Ziering and the Lingerie Bowl during halftime of the Super Bowl. (You know what they say: It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.) Here's his report.
Like you, we were positively outraged by Janet Jackson's . . . ummm, over-exposure at halftime. So Page 2's Graham Hays rounded up the usual suspects to investigate. Plus, Sportoon wraps up the Super Bowl.

The Daily Quickie has no quibble over Tom Brady taking home the trophy. But can he be considered the real MVP up against Janet Jackson and Beyonce? Plus, a dynasty is born, and the ads.

We all want a little bang for our buck, right? That includes owners of NBA teams, who pay out mega-salaries to so-called stars and all-too-often get precious little in return. These guys run up and down the court, sure. But that ain't enough for us. We're naming names: the NBA players who don't really earn their paychecks.

10]  Wesley Person, Trail Blazers ($7.7 million)
Good guy, veteran presence, no trouble -- a valuable commodity for this franchise. But at that price, the Blazers ought to be getting more than six points a game. And Person ought to be more than Portland's 10th man.
9]  Eddie Robinson, Bulls ($6.24 million)
This year's salary isn't the worst of it. The worst of it is that the Bulls owe him another $14 million over the next two seasons. And for what? He comes off the bench for one of the league's worst teams and contributes next to nothing.
8]  Austin Croshere, Pacers ($7.61 million)
Indiana rewarded Croshere with a big contract after he had a couple of good seasons a while back. The key words in that sentence: "a while back." In the new millenium, he's been little more than a highly-paid cheerleader..

Feb. 3 Sixers 4.5 Raptors 171.5
Feb. 3 Pistons 6 Cavaliers 179.5
Feb. 3 Mavericks 10 Warriors 206
Feb. 3 Cincinnati 6.5 Xavier NA
Feb. 3 Florida 4.5 Kentucky NA
Feb. 3 Illinois 2.5 Indiana NA

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It was one of the greatest Super Bowls ever. Who do we celebrate? Who do we blame? The Writers' Bloc says the key to the game was ... a mistake by John Fox?

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