Tony Dungy doesn't think your Super Bowl experience will end in a cliff hanger (with video of the Who at Thursday press conference)

Meanwhile, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hold his annual news conference at 11 a.m. this morning in Miami.  Among the topics sure to be discussed: the possibility of a lockout by owners against the players after the 2010 football season.   According to Players Association head DeMaurice Smith,


The league, Smith said, has made a proposal that would reduce the players' share of revenue from 59 percent to 41 percent.


Smith said the league has asked for that concession but provided no proof that revenue, or profits, have fallen.


Meanwhile, the Who performed three songs live at their press conference in Miami yesterday.  The geriatric rockers, who will be the halftime entertainment, played "Behind Blue Eyes", "Pinball Wizard" and "Won't Get Fooled Again" to the sporting scribes yesterday (which brings back memories of last year's similar event in Tampa, where Bruce Springsteen gave what organizers said was his first formal news conference since 1986).


The best line of the day had to be Pete Townsend's, who said that because most NFL games include only about 11 minutes of actual playing (as broken down in a recent Wall Street Journal story), the band might be working longer than the Saints or Colts.



Townshend was asked also yesterday about the actions of child welfare groups in Miami, after there were fliers posted warning of his coming to South Florida for the Super Bowl appearance.  That's because the classic rocker was arrested and placed on Britain's sex offenders list in 2003 after he was involved in a child porn scandal.  Townsend said that he downloaded Internet images for a book he was researching.  He was never convicted and ultimately cleared.  His reaction:


"I've been really saddened by it, and concerned about it. "Anybody that has any doubts about whether I should be here or not should investigate a little bit further."


Should I make any comment about the Tim Tebow Focus on the Family flap?  We wrote about that early last week.  Nothing new to add, other than the Christian conservative group has already reaped in publicity the $1 million-plus they spent on purchasing air time.

Over 100 million people are expected to view Super Bowl XLIV this Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. on CBS.  And though the last two championship games have been thrillers (and actually there have been better games in the last decade than traditionally was the case in most of the earlier games ), former Indianapolis Colts coach and Tampa Bay celebrity Tony Dungy is predicting that his former team will blow it open in the 4th quarter.

Dungy, who has surprised some observers this year with his audacious and frank commentary as part of the excellent NBC pre-game show on Sunday evenings, says he believes the game, in which the Colts are 5 1/2 point favorites, won't be close. From William Rhoden's blog in the NY Times:

asked whether he felt Manning would need a last-minute game-winning drive in the Super Bowl to secure his legacy, Dungy said: “I believe that if they’re in the game Sunday and they need to drive to win the game, he’s going to do it. I don’t think the game’s going to come down to that. I think they’re going to be so far ahead that people are going to say, ‘Oh, ho-hum, he played a good game, they won by two scores, the Colts won their second championship.’ He’s going to have those rings Sunday night. I don’t think it’s going to be close.”

Dungy said he based his confidence on the Saints’ performance against Minnesota in the National Football Conference championship game.

“Minnesota is playing in New Orleans, they turn the ball over five times, have two or three stupid penalties and still lose in overtime. I don’t see how it’s going to be close. The Colts aren’t going to turn it over seven times.”

(Yesterday Dungy's son, Eric, a senior who played for Plant High School's championship football squad this past season, was among those who represented the team in getting a commendation from the Tampa City Council.)

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