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Super Bowl Sunday live blog right here

Super Sunday!

It is here and one can only imagine a future Sunday such as this iduring which we are watching the Miami Dolphins in the ultimate NFL game. OK, daydream over.

It's about the Colts and the Saints today.

I have picked the Colts. They're the better team. I hope the Saints win. They're the better story. Plus, I love underdogs.

We will be blogging live throughout the day and game. I will be on here around 5 p.m. and we can start then.

Meantime, let me give you a few things to consider:

It is gorgeous here in South Florida, if you happen to be one of my readers from out of the area. And yet, this paradise I call home is under pressure from the NFL to improve Sun Life Stadium to bring it up to the NFL's standards.

That tells me the game might not be returning to Miami for a long time. As it stands, the next game up for bid is 2014. The NFL will award that game in two or three months and I doubt they will give it to Miami only months removed from our last game.

But there are other issues that suggest the game might not be back here in a long time. Seems the NFL wants a roof over Sun Life Stadium because it wants to guard against the possibility of rain here. The Dolphins have already put out designs for such a structure. They've given no price tag on the structure -- that has a hole atop it, by the way -- but it is clear they don't want to pay the hundreds of millions it might cost to make it reality.

As a taxpayer and football fan and someone not insane, I think the roof over Sun Life is a terrible idea and not just because it looks hideous.

Even if you forget that the Dolphins have a weather advantage in early season home games and a cover might negate that, even if you forget we are in a recession, I object to the idea because I refuse to bow to the NFL's hypocrisy on the issue.

The fact is Tampa will continue to bid on Super Bowls but the NFL has not asked that region to put a roof on their stadium.

The fact is the NFL cannot be so concerned about rain here on Super Bowl Sunday here while lifting the weather clause from its Super Bowl bidding rules to allow the new Giants/Jets Stadium (which has no cover) to bid on the 2014 game. 

(Super Bowls are by rule not to be played in areas where the average January/February weather averages below 50 degrees unless the game is to be played indoors. New Jersey fails on both counts, which is why the league conveniently lifted the clause this one time.)

Anyway, you probably don't feel strongly about this unless you're a South Florida resident. I am. I want Super Bowl's to continue coming here. It's a good thing. But we're good for them because this is a great place to be in February.

And that doesn't mean we should have to live up to rules no other region has to abide by. Period.

Anyway, one last thing before the live blog: I will be among the 16 panelists casting a ballot on the Super Bowl MVP tonight. At the right time, I will ask my twitter followers to tweet me their reasoned suggestions for MVP. I will take those suggestions into consideration in making my choice.

So follow me on twitter.


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League acknowledges testing of new game day technology
Posted by Mike Florio on February 7, 2010 3:55 PM ET
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pointed out during Friday's pre-Super Bowl press conference that the league continuously strives to improve its product.

And here's one of the most encouraging pieces of evidence we've seen in this regard in a long time.

Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com reports that the league quietly has been testing new procedures for tracking player movements and the whereabouts of the ball. During the 2009 season, the league permitted four companies to install at select games a system of cameras that ultimately could be coupled with the placement of a computer chip in the football.

"This is a priority for us," NFL vice president of digital media Hans Schroeder told Nelson. "What exactly that means for next [season], we're still trying to work through that."

Some aspects of the technology could be used next year.

"In the longer term, did the ball cross the goal line?" Schroeder said. "Did he get his feet in bounds? Those are probably going to be the next phase down the road or two phases down the road just because the levels of precision and detection are so much greater."

The union says it hasn't been informed of the testing.

"We'd like to know," NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah told Nelson. "We believe that any data that's collected on players should be shared with the players."

We're not sure that the league is required to share that information, but the NFL and the union have far bigger fish to fry. For now, the good news is that the NFL seems to at least be contemplating the possibility of embracing technological advancements that could help further to remove human error from the game.


Porter needs to GO in a hurry. I would think Parcels and Sparano are not too happy. Mando, what do you think Wilfork will sign for?


Don't you think Parcells would decline to give a pep talk to another NFL team out of respect to the team that he is running, rather than the Mannings?

Mando, what do you think Wilfork will sign for whether he stays with Pats or goes wherever?

TNFin... where u from. I am in Nashville area.

Colts 36 Saints 22

Colts 36 Saints 22

East TN near Knoxville

TNFin, there are a lot of Dolfans in Middle TN. How about Kville?

There are a few Dolfans around here but probably not as many as in your (TNPhinFan) area

cool, go vols...go phins

TN, I think the Pats will either put a franchise or transition tag on Wilfork, which will mean he'll be paid the average of the top 10 players in the NFL.

and then he'll be pissed and threaten to sit out. And then it will get interesting. My guess.

Carlito, I think Parcells is no fool. He knows the proper lines of NFL etiquette and he won't cross any of them.

Who Dat chant has begun in the stands.

Hey Mando - how does the wind feel down there. I'm worried that the wind will take away all the passing game for both teams.

Winds are swirling but nothing major. Should not affect the passing game.

The field sure does look good in HD.

Hey Mando, what does the new Sunlife sign look like? Maybe it's just temporary but on TV, it looks pretty tacky.

Ok kids The Cuban has arrive Bueno Noche mando, Po, Carlito and everone else.....

Cocoa, they have a temporary tarp-like Sun Life sign up. It looks tacky because, well, it is tacky.

Cuban, bueno nachos to u 2

Will Goodell make us (heavy on the sarcasm) change it?

You guys ready for some football??

Did you guys see the Mortensen report on Dr. Andrews and and the true status of Drew Brees injury in the spring of 2006.

Serious, serious stuff.

coco, he will make us change it to an even tackier TV... but only if it ca be put in the field of play

Mando, I know you're hoping underdog wins. Are you going to predict a score?
If Wilfork becomes FA, I doubt the Phins pursue him. I think they go after someone in the draft.

Mando... what was the report in a nutshell

Now Goodell is saying that the NFL should consider banning the 3 point stance to help prevent head injuries... Let's play touch football why don't we???

Marino picks the Colts in overtime. No Super Bowl game has gone into overtime.

I'm not so sure about Goodell. After all football was meant to be played in the elements

Armando, how many total running plays u think this game both teams combined???

Unbelievable, the pregame show is over and now the "kickoff show begins." ARRRGHHHH!

This one would be the most likely one to go into OT

Tony mcdaniel got arrested. Not good

Any one else interested in the half time show featuring the "WHO"???

McDaniel was arrested last night for battery. u know anything about this Mando?

This gets me so pumped up - I would love to see the dolphins in one of these things some time. I was too young in 1985 to appreciate it.

Bobby, 30 running plays total, Watch this one go 4 hours easily ....

Wow Cuban 30!!! I was thinking 10 max

FAMU Marching 100 was tight. They are awesome.

Last team with the ball wins. 25 running plays

I love football and I'm excited for the Super Bowl... but a game in Miami without the Dolphins just doesn't feel right...

All I know about McDaniel is that he was arrested and spent the night in jail. heard it was domestic violence. the herald police reporter is working the story.

has a team ever played a superbowl in their home stadium? I do not think so. Maybe it is a curse like Madden to host a super bowl! :)

If the 3 point stance gets banned, they are gonna have to call it something other than football...

seriously, I am really starting to dislike Goodell, as it seems he is trying to make the game of football unrecognizable...

Was McDaniel on a double date with Warren Sapp and his wife???

Looks like a good part down there. I'll wait till next season.

is all the talk about the 3 point stance truth?

Mando, did the Colts improve there run defense since the last time they were visiting miami????If not look for a lot of running by N.O. Belive it or not, They'll try to keep Payton on the side lines....

TNPhinFan No team has ever played SB in their own stadium

Yep Mando, use to watch em (FAMU Marching 100)in Tally when I was on the swim team back in the day the field was right next to the pool....

You ever drive thru Tally you will see a Thousands of FAMU plates here.

TnPhinfan, yea Goodell talked about it today...chk story on profootballtalk.com

a Thousand that is

Prediction: By haltime you guys will be saying, "I wish the Dolphins could throw the ball like that."


You were on the FAMU swim team?

FAMU has a swim team?

what he proposing? 4 point or hands on knees?


It's been 25 yr's since Miami has been in, waaaaaay to long. I hope we get in soon. Very soon.

PoWhite, coulda left out "swim team" reference LOL

It'll come Mando, give it time....

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