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12:27PM

SportsXchange: Politics seeps into Super Bowl week

By Art Spander
SportsXchange

HOUSTON — Has the prelude to the Super Bowl gone off the rails? Hasn't the prelude to every Super Bowl? 

Of course, rarely was there such a mixture of, pardon the reference, politics and Patriots. However, that is to be expected given current events. 

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9:47PM

SportsXchange: Belichick too focused on winning to worry about legacy

By Art Spander
SportsXchange.com

HOUSTON — Was Paul Brown like this? Vince Lombardi? 

Bill Walsh had his moments, times when he could be stern, rough, but mostly he chose to be less stringent, even friendly. Remember that 1982 Super Bowl when Walsh dressed as bellman to handle the bags of the team. 

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9:32PM

Newsday (N.Y.): Super Bowl LI: Sportswriter didn’t mean to take Kyle Shanahan’s backpack

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday

HOUSTON — You’ve seen the signs at luggage carousels in airports that say “Many bags look alike. Make sure the one you have is yours.” Well, this wasn’t an airport, although with the noise and chaos it seemed like one, and the bag I had, a backpack, it turned out wasn’t mine.

It belonged to Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. And it held his Super Bowl game plan.

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9:28PM

S.F. Examiner: Kyle Shanahan’s missing playbook saga from the columnist who took it

By Art Spander
San Francisco Examiner

HOUSTON — The Niners have their guys now, Kyle Shanahan as coach — that was a given — and John Lynch as GM. The latter was a surprise, to us if not to Shanahan who developed a relationship with Lynch.

Long contracts, reportedly, six years, big salaries. This we know.

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©2017 The San Francisco Examiner

10:50AM

SportsXchange: Opening Night madness: Shanahan nearly loses game plan

By Art Spander
SportsXchange.com

HOUSTON -- The man heavily responsible for this quasi-madness, the late NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, who was there at the creation, used to preach that the Super Bowl was nothing more than entertainment. Of course, and so is camel racing. 
It is not easy to describe the annual Opening Night, nee Media Day, as entertaining. Not in the sporting sense, that is. Unless you get a few laughs out of athletes sitting in booths and advising that Super Bowl LI (thank heavens we are back to the Roman numerals) "is just another football game." 

Media Day used to be on Tuesday, in the morning at the place the game will be held, in this instance NRG Stadium. Now, in the Super Bowl's second half-century, it takes place on Monday and at night, prime time, if you will, with fans paying to watch and listen. 

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