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Monday, Jan. 27

Today 38°, winds 18 mph, chance of rain 40%
Super Bowl 6:20 p.m. Sunday: 37°, winds 9 mph, chance of snow 30%

What’s Happening Today

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Seahawks hold first practice of the week at Giants’ Quest Diagnostics Training Center on the grounds of MetLife Stadium complex. 

2:55 pm to 4 p.m.: FLORHAM PARK, N.J.—Broncos practice at Jets’ facility. 

5:30 p.m.: YOUR TV—Peter King gives his good five minutes to Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption.

8 p.m.: JERSEY CITY, N.J.—The Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular at Liberty State Park. It’s a free, ticketed event featuring performances by Daughtry, the Goo Goo Dolls and The Fray. Joe Buck and Erin Andrews will host.

10 p.m. to ???: MANHATTAN—Curfew-free players unleashed on an unexpecting city. Wes Welker, meet Carmelo Anthony.

About Last Night

john-fox-towncarA black town car backed into a side door exit of the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City as six cops and two security officers shooed away a dozen autograph-seeking fans waving white footballs and blank helmets. “Who’s getting in?” one teenage boy yelled to a cop. “I’m the biggest Broncos fan ever!”

“Please stand back,” said the cop, sequestering the group behind a metal barricade. 

Enter John Fox and his wife, Robin, who briskly walked out of the hotel and slid into the back seat. Before Fox had time to buckle his seatbelt, the driver pulled away. They drove 20 feet before stopping short.

Fox rolled down his window and the fans flocked over. “He told the driver to stop for us!” one fan yelled. Fox extended his arm through the half-open window and, with a black sharpie, dutifully signed away in the Jersey City back alley. You could see his breath hover in the air. Fox signed autographs for about four minutes before the car whisked the couple away into the dark Jersey night.

The One-Question Interview

A curfew-free night in Manhattan? The Seahawks’ Cliff Avril can barely contain his excitement. (Robert Beck/SI)

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has these goals for Super Bowl week: Go out in New York, chill out and stay off the radar while doing so. For Avril, staying off the radar might be easy if he stays near the team hotel in Jersey City, not exactly on par with Manhattan’s hot spot restaurants and bars. If and when he wants to go out? There’s a PATH train station just a block away—a 20-minute ride to midtown.

THE SNAFFLER: So, Cliff, how familiar are you with New York and New Jersey’s public transportation?

AVRIL: Uh, no. Not at all. When I go out, I’ll get in a cab. I don’t think we’ll be doing all that. We’ll be taking cabs.

The Read-Option

Getting to the Super Bowl is an NFL player’s dream, the ultimate achievement in his chosen profession. But getting to the big game has more benefits than just on-field achievements; it helps off the field, too, especially in players’ bank accounts. Take Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. “Brands are interested,” Sherman’s agent James Fritz told The Seattle Times of his client’s marketing opportunities. “I expect a lot of big things.” It’s not just Sherman. One expert told the Times, “Russell [Wilson] has begun to create a personality and a personal brand that corporate America is fascinated by.”

Here are five more NFL stories you’ll be taking about today:

1. 7 tips for Super Bowl visitors to stay on our good side in NJ (By Steve Politi, The Star-Ledger)
The author offers out-of-town readers advice on how not to annoy the good side of the people of the Garden State. 

2. Seahawks’ Richard Sherman Is Much More Than Just Talk (By Ben Shpigel, New York Times)
A terrific portrait of Seattle’s cornerback that goes well beyond his memorable sound bites.

3. Macklemore, Pete Carroll are in a mutual admiration society (By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times)
Like we always say: Coaches want to be rappers; rappers want to be coaches.

4. Is It Immoral To Watch The Super Bowl? (By Steve Almond, New York Times Magazine)
Has the worship of the NFL blinded us to its pathologies?

5. Robin Fox, wife of Broncos’ John Fox, embraces role as coach’s coach (By Thomas George, Denver Post)
“I feel like I am his protector,” says the wife of the man who had mid-season heart surgery.

Sights and Sounds

The Broncos are staying at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, N.J., right where the Hudson River meets New York Harbor. Denver’s media availability for the week will be held in that water, with players and coaches and the press boarding the Cornucopia Majesty, a 210-foot luxury boat normally used for weddings and corporate events.

The Cornucopia Majesty is docked next to the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, across the Hudson River from One World Trade Center and the rest of lower Manhattan. (Andy DeGory/The MMQB/SI)



Strange financial digression: If the Broncos don't win the SB, Peyton Manning basically won't make a penny from playing this week.  New Jersey has an income tax category for visiting pro athletes based on the number of days they are in the state as a fraction of their total playing year.  One CPA has calculated that, based on his salary, Manning's NJ taxes for this trip will be approximately $46,000.  That's the game pay per player for the losing Super Bowl team.