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From the mag: Remember Whitney's anthem?

Just 10 days after the U.S. entered a war, Whitney Houston's national anthem at Super Bowl XXV was the melody that helped everyone unite for the moment. When Whitney hit the note

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Kennys Mayne's Super Bowl journey

Panthers DE Jared Allen came along on a magical trip to the best 7-Eleven in San Jose. Joe Montana and Bill Walton made appearances.


David Purdum ESPN Staff Writer 

Las Vegas sportsbook CG Technology dropped the Super Bowl point spread to Carolina -5 (-115) on Saturday morning. "Steady Broncos action," including a six-figure bet on Denver caused the move, according to book director Jason Simbal.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

A un solo da del Sper Tazn!

Jeff Ma's prop bet picks

ESPN Chalk's Jeff Ma says don't be fooled with recency bias when projecting Denver-Carolina.


Super Bowl 50 betting nuggets

  • Consensus belief among Las Vegas bookmakers: Denver and the under are the sharp sides
  • "Yes" on "Will there be a successful two-point conversion?" is the most popular prop bet at William Hill
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The ultimate Super Bowl party snack

Scrambling for a stellar Super Bowl snack? ESPN's own Chef Michone has you covered, with an easy-to-make recipe for Loaded Mashed Potato Croquettes.


Tony Dungy a Hall of Famer?

In his third year of eligibility, Dungy is a finalist for the 2016 HOF and his record speaks for itself. He spent 13 years as a head coach, and is the first African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he led the Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

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Broncos' defense is among best ever

John Clayton says based on talent, the Orange Rush (or whatever ends up being the nickname of this defense) stacks up to some of the best ever. Where they stack up

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Super Bowl 50: First time the No. 1 pick (Cam Newton in 2011) will face the No. 2 pick (Von Miller) from same draft in Super Bowl

Newton won't attend NFL awards show

Panthers QB Cam Newton is the front-runner for NFL MVP honors but he won't be around to accept it tonight, as he told ESPN's Ed Werder he has curfew and will be at the team hotel preparing for Sunday's Super Bowl.

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Brett Favre, Terrell Owens HOF finalists

Favre and Owens are two of three first-year eligible nominees among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for today's election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Manziel's downward spiral with Browns

Johnny Manziel has experienced some turbulent times since signing with Cleveland and it all has come to a halt. Timeline of events

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Broncos hope to let the underdog out

Denver thrived in an underdog role two weeks ago against New England and it is 5-point underdogs to Carolina tomorrow. Familiar ground

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McManus: Goodell fails to tackle biggest issues

Jane McManus writes that Roger Goodell's goal was to protect the status quo and not make any news that might distract from the Super Bowl. Lacked substance

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have a shot for a sweep of the major awards tonight at NFL Honors. Cam Newton should win the MVP Award and coach Ron Rivera has to be the favorite for Coach of the Year. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly has a chance to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award but odds are it will go to Houston's J.J.. Watt.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Super Bowl 50 ticket prices still holding. Average sale on StubHub has been $4,735 apiece. Hasn't been lower than $2,700.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said he spoke to ex-Hog Joe Jacoby earlier this week about the Hall of Fame. Jacoby is one of 15 finalists who will learn their fate today. "We had a prayer," Gibbs said. "I really think this is a big deal for everybody, the Redskins and myself. I know he deserves it and I'm praying we get a positive result."

Hall of Fame preview: Who's in?

Insider Field Yates believes Brett Favre is in but Yates would like to see Kurt Warner and Orlando Pace get in too.


Carolina Panthers @panthers

Hey @SFGiants, thanks for hosting us in your fine city. Say hello to Madison Bumgarner for us! #SB50 #OneCarolina

On the doorstep of immortality

Terrell Owens, Brett Favre and Alan Faneca are all finalists in their first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame. They are competing with Marvin Harrison, Kurt Warner and others for enshrinement in Canton.

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