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He touched down in the Big Easy on Saturday night. He survived a four-hour roller-coaster ride and a mano-a-mano battle with a boisterous Steelers fan Sunday. Now, Page 2's Bill Simmons is preparing for a week at the Super Bowl following his beloved Patriots. Check out Simmons' random thoughts on Championship Weekend. SIMMONS: SUPER RAMBLINGS

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Page 2's Brian Murphy can't believe that an undeserving New England squad has actually reached the Super Bowl. But the Murph is relieved we've been spared the world-ending debauchery that the combination of Pats fans and Eagles fans would have brought to New Orleans this week.

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The Bus couldn't get out of the garage. Drew Bledsoe proved he isn't finished. Donovan McNabb couldn't quite muster up enough magic. And the Rams ... were still the Rams. Page 2 cartoonist Kurt Snibbe takes a look back at the memorable images from Sunday's AFC and NFC title games.
If you thought the Bledsoe-Brady debate was bad during the regular season, just wait for the next six days. New England is sure to be in an uproar over who should start for the Pats in Super Bowl XXXVI. Page 2's Bob Halloran has backed Bledsoe all along, and his case got even stronger Sunday.


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
Monday Clippers 4 Grizzlies NA
Monday Jazz 3 Heat NA
MEN'S HOOPS FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG O/U
Monday Kansas 4 Missouri NA
Monday Georgetown 11 Syracuse NA
All Times ET -- Bold indicates home team
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SINKING IRON
Whether Mike Tyson gave in to a Napoleonic complex or fear, Page 2's Ralph Wiley knows that time's up for the ex-heavyweight champ.

DEAR JON
Raiders fans shouldn't blame the zebras, Chris Connelly writes, they should look under the visor for the real reason Oakland lost in the snow.

THE SPORTS GUY
Stricken with a bad case of Patriots fever, Page 2's Bill Simmons offers a plethora of playoff pointers.

LYING EYES
We watch the NFL to see great players make great plays. Page 2's Ralph Wiley says instant replay is threatening to ruin all that.
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It's Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams, left, who has finally reached the Super Bowl, and actor Laurence Fishburne, star of "The Matrix." Page 2 has received three requests for this match. Browse our archives of past pairs or click here to submit a future duo.

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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If you missed Page 2 over the last week, check out our back issues:
• Fri., Jan. 25: The "Pats" Guy
• Thurs., Jan. 24: Down the toilet
• Wed., Jan. 23: Insane replay
• Tues., Jan. 22: Being the Big Tuna
Other featured content:
• This week's Mystery Photo
• What's going down the toilet?
• Berman Files: Marshall Faulk
• Ask Mike Tyson, dietician
• Bizarre & Bogus
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