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January 13, 2012 | By David Wharton
When Jonathan Vilma studied game film of the San Francisco 49ers this week, it was presumably in color. But to hear the New Orleans Saints linebacker talk about San Francisco's style of play — big on defense and running the ball — you might think he was watching old black-and-white movies. "A team like that," he said, "is almost a throwback team. " Never mind that Pittsburgh won a Super Bowl three years ago by keeping opponents out of the end zone. With all the offensive fireworks in the NFL this season, the adage that "defense wins championships" is now under review.
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September 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
M.I.A. is calling foul over the NFL's reaction to her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance. The British-Sri Lankan pop star has been embroiled for months in a behind-the-scenes battle with pro football officials over her Super Bowl XLVI show. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the league is upset because during a number with headliner Madonna, M.I.A. raised her middle finger and mouthed, "I don't give a .... " Casual viewers of NBC's live telecast could easily have missed the gesture and mouthed obscenity, which lasted only a second before the cameras cut away.
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February 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Indianapolis -- Two indisputable things can be said of Super Bowl XLVI: A pair of elite quarterbacks will be in it. And neither team will be out of it. Time and again, the New York Giants and New England Patriots proved this season that big deficits can be overcome, and dire situations can be conquered. The Patriots came back to win after trailing 21-0 against Buffalo, 17-0 against Miami, 10-0 against Philadelphia and 16-7 against Denver. Just as Eli Manning established himself as spectacular, especially in the fourth quarter, the Giants somehow pulled out of a tailspin of four consecutive losses.
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October 9, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The last two teams to face San Francisco were speed bumps. Sunday, the 49ers face last season's Super Bowl roadblock: the New York Giants, who advanced to the game's biggest stage with an overtime victory in the NFC championship game at Candlestick Park. But these are different 49ers, a 4-1 team that outscored the last two opponents - the Jets and Bills - by a combined 79-3, and are fresh off a club-record 621-yard offensive outburst against Buffalo. Now, the 49ers have a chance to dispatch the Giants, the team that denied them a trip to Super Bowl XLVI.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2012 | By Shan Li
-- Soccer star David Beckham will star in a 30-second Super Bowl spot to help launch his underwear line with cheap-chic retailer H&M. H&M said the commerical -- which it described as "stimulating" -- would kick off the "long-term alliance" between Beckham and the retailer. The skivvies line will be available Feb. 2 and consist of nine pieces, including boxers, pajamas, long johns and vests. And presumably shoppers can look forward to more wares from this underwear alliance in the future.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
M.I.A. is calling foul over the NFL's reaction to her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance. The British-Sri Lankan pop star has been embroiled for months in a behind-the-scenes battle with pro football officials over her Super Bowl XLVI show. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the league is upset because during a number with headliner Madonna, M.I.A. raised her middle finger and mouthed, "I don't give a .... " Casual viewers of NBC's live telecast could easily have missed the gesture and mouthed obscenity, which lasted only a second before the cameras cut away.
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February 10, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The Indiana State Department of Health sent out a statement Feb. 3, two days before the New England Patriots and the New York Giants squared off for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.  The bulletin, which advised "Hoosiers and out-of-town guests" to "Practice Good Health Defense for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday," offered tips about healthful eating, drinking in moderation, keeping warm and storing party foods properly to avoid food-borne illnesses. Less than a week later, the department circulated another release that touched on a Super Bowl health hazard few had considered: measles, and the importance of vaccination.  State health officials reported two confirmed and two probable cases of the respiratory ailment.  One of infected individuals had attended pre-Super Bowl celebrations in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3 -- raising the alarming possibility that others at the event who were not up-to-date on their vaccinations or who had not had measles in the past could have been exposed to the virus as well.  That's a concern because measles is highly contagious, said Dr. Edgar Marcuse, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle who is based at Seattle Children's Hospital.
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February 1, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
From Indianapolis - On the signs, it is Super Bowl XLVI. On the streets, it is Super Bowl 18. That is Peyton Manning's number, and seemingly every well-scrubbed local is wearing it. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has not taken a snap the entire season, yet during football's most important week he is dominating its most important game. A father and his two young sons wear Manning jerseys atop muddy pants as they hang out in front of the New York Giants' downtown hotel.
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January 29, 2012 | Sam Farmer
For all the hype, grandeur and corporate extravagance of the Super Bowl, this year's version of the nation's most-watched sports event boils down to two little names. Tom versus Eli. It's only fitting that the NFL, a league so predicated on passing, is showcasing two of its greatest quarterbacks in New England's Tom Brady and the New York Giants' Eli Manning. Never has the importance of that cornerstone position been more evident than this season. And no city is more acutely aware of that than Indianapolis, the host of Super Bowl XLVI, whose Colts were decimated this season by the neck surgeries that sidelined Peyton Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable player.
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October 9, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
The last two teams to face San Francisco were speed bumps. Sunday, the 49ers face last season's Super Bowl roadblock: the New York Giants, who advanced to the game's biggest stage with an overtime victory in the NFC championship game at Candlestick Park. But these are different 49ers, a 4-1 team that outscored the last two opponents - the Jets and Bills - by a combined 79-3, and are fresh off a club-record 621-yard offensive outburst against Buffalo. Now, the 49ers have a chance to dispatch the Giants, the team that denied them a trip to Super Bowl XLVI.
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The Indiana State Department of Health sent out a statement Feb. 3, two days before the New England Patriots and the New York Giants squared off for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.  The bulletin, which advised "Hoosiers and out-of-town guests" to "Practice Good Health Defense for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday," offered tips about healthful eating, drinking in moderation, keeping warm and storing party foods properly to avoid food-borne illnesses. Less than a week later, the department circulated another release that touched on a Super Bowl health hazard few had considered: measles, and the importance of vaccination.  State health officials reported two confirmed and two probable cases of the respiratory ailment.  One of infected individuals had attended pre-Super Bowl celebrations in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3 -- raising the alarming possibility that others at the event who were not up-to-date on their vaccinations or who had not had measles in the past could have been exposed to the virus as well.  That's a concern because measles is highly contagious, said Dr. Edgar Marcuse, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle who is based at Seattle Children's Hospital.
SPORTS
February 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Indianapolis -- Two indisputable things can be said of Super Bowl XLVI: A pair of elite quarterbacks will be in it. And neither team will be out of it. Time and again, the New York Giants and New England Patriots proved this season that big deficits can be overcome, and dire situations can be conquered. The Patriots came back to win after trailing 21-0 against Buffalo, 17-0 against Miami, 10-0 against Philadelphia and 16-7 against Denver. Just as Eli Manning established himself as spectacular, especially in the fourth quarter, the Giants somehow pulled out of a tailspin of four consecutive losses.
SPORTS
February 3, 2012 | Chris Erskine
So I'm coming out of Staples the other night, and I look at the fan next to me on the street. "Katzenberg!!!" I yell, when it turns out to be just another one of those steely eyed bald dudes that L.A. produces like pigeons. I avert what could've been an embarrassing moment by skipping down the street shouting out famous names randomly. "Minnie Driver! Donald Duck!" as if suffering from some sort of celebrity-induced dementia. "Mel Gibson! Larry Hagman! Donna Reed!" Which brings us, obviously, to the Super Bowl, where language is also a powerful tool when used correctly, or preferably incorrectly.
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February 1, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
From Indianapolis - On the signs, it is Super Bowl XLVI. On the streets, it is Super Bowl 18. That is Peyton Manning's number, and seemingly every well-scrubbed local is wearing it. The Indianapolis Colts quarterback has not taken a snap the entire season, yet during football's most important week he is dominating its most important game. A father and his two young sons wear Manning jerseys atop muddy pants as they hang out in front of the New York Giants' downtown hotel.
SPORTS
January 31, 2012 | Sam Farmer
From Indianapolis - The most-discussed NFL quarterback at the Super Bowl week is the one who isn't here. And might never be again. Even as Tom Brady and Eli Manning prepare for Sunday's showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, the specter of Peyton Manning looms over this city, as do the questions about his future both with the Indianapolis Colts and in the NFL. Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable...
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January 30, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from New York -- They stood so close there was barely room to breathe, their cellphone cameras raised and at the ready. Hundreds of New York Giants fans crammed into a Times Square sporting goods store last week, some waiting for three hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the city's newest Super Bowl-bound sensation. Some fans wore crisp Victor Cruz jerseys, while others sported newly minted T-shirts reading "Cruuuuuuuz" on the front - the Giants cheer that sounds like booing - with a diagram of salsa steps on the back, the star receiver's touchdown celebration of choice.
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January 31, 2012 | Sam Farmer
From Indianapolis - The most-discussed NFL quarterback at the Super Bowl week is the one who isn't here. And might never be again. Even as Tom Brady and Eli Manning prepare for Sunday's showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, the specter of Peyton Manning looms over this city, as do the questions about his future both with the Indianapolis Colts and in the NFL. Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable...
SPORTS
January 29, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Troy Aikman's season as Fox's lead NFL analyst closed Jan. 22 with the NFC championship game won by the New York Giants over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime. Aikman, 45, has effectively taken over John Madden's spot on the football broadcast scene, dropping the coach's sound effects and inserting smart, concise insight based on his dozen years in the league and three Super Bowl titles as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who pored over game plans and had unique access to owner Jerry Jones' personnel decision making.
SPORTS
January 29, 2012 | Sam Farmer
For all the hype, grandeur and corporate extravagance of the Super Bowl, this year's version of the nation's most-watched sports event boils down to two little names. Tom versus Eli. It's only fitting that the NFL, a league so predicated on passing, is showcasing two of its greatest quarterbacks in New England's Tom Brady and the New York Giants' Eli Manning. Never has the importance of that cornerstone position been more evident than this season. And no city is more acutely aware of that than Indianapolis, the host of Super Bowl XLVI, whose Colts were decimated this season by the neck surgeries that sidelined Peyton Manning, the league's only four-time most valuable player.
SPORTS
January 29, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Troy Aikman's season as Fox's lead NFL analyst closed Jan. 22 with the NFC championship game won by the New York Giants over the San Francisco 49ers in overtime. Aikman, 45, has effectively taken over John Madden's spot on the football broadcast scene, dropping the coach's sound effects and inserting smart, concise insight based on his dozen years in the league and three Super Bowl titles as a quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys who pored over game plans and had unique access to owner Jerry Jones' personnel decision making.
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