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Super TV

By SHARON GINN
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 3, 2002

10 a.m. -- NFL This Morning, Fox Sports Net. With analysts Marv Levy, Deacon Jones, Boomer Esiason, Jay Mohr and Billy Ray Smith.

11 a.m. -- Sunday NFL Countdown, ESPN. The three-hour show, hosted by Chris Berman, includes a feature by Andrea Kremer about the short careers and lifelong injuries of many NFL running backs. Raiders coach Jon Gruden will appear in the studio.

1:30 p.m. -- 19th annual All-Madden Team, Fox. Includes a 25th anniversary celebration of John Madden's Super Bowl XI Raiders championship team and a visit to a New York City firehouse decimated by the Sept. 11 attacks.

3 p.m. -- Fox Super Bowl Sunday pregame show, hosted by James Brown and Terry Bradshaw with analysts Howie Long and Cris Collinsworth. Among the highlights:

First hour: A look at the unprecedented security measures (with America's Most Wanted host John Walsh and director of the U.S. Secret Service Brian Stafford). Collinsworth talks to New England offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, whose three brothers are New York City firefighters.

Second hour: Jeanne Zelasko tells the story of Bob Kalsu, the former Bills lineman and Vietnam War casualty who is the only active NFL player to be killed in military action. James Brown interviews Rams running back Marshall Faulk on his return to his hometown of New Orleans.

Third hour: Jimmy Kimmel offers his picks and Bradshaw interviews New England quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe. Patriotic musical tributes feature such artists as Barry Manilow, Wynonna Judd, the Boston Pops, Patti LaBelle, the Barenaked Ladies, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony. Paul McCartney will close the show by performing Freedom, which he wrote after the Sept. 11 attacks.

6 p.m. -- Game coverage begins; kickoff about 6:20.

Postgame -- Super Bowl XXXVI Postgame Show, Fox Sports Net, with Brown, Bradshaw, Long and Collinsworth. Begins about 20 minutes after Fox signoff.

END OF AN ERA

Today, Pat Summerall and John Madden will broadcast their eighth Super Bowl in 21 seasons together. It will be Summerall's final appearance alongside Madden, as he announced before the NFC Championship Game he would be stepping down as Fox's No. 1 play-caller. A look at the men responsible for one of the most legendary on-air pairings in sports:

Pat Summerall

AGE: 71.

PERSONAL: Lives in Southlake, Texas, with wife Cheri. Has three children.

NFL HIGHLIGHTS: Was a placekicker and tight end with the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants, scoring 587 career points on 101 field goals, 258 extra points and one touchdown.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: Has worked 15 Super Bowls in network TV. He started out in the broadcasting business as an analyst, covering the first five Super Bowls. ... Sportscaster of the year in 1977. ... Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports in 1994 by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

DID YOU KNOW?: He was born George Allen Summerall in Lake City.

John Madden

AGE: 65.

PERSONAL: Lives in Pleasanton, Calif., with wife Virginia. They have two sons.

NFL HIGHLIGHTS: Became coach of the Raiders in 1969 at age 33. He coached the Raiders 10 seasons, compiling a record of 103-32-7. His teams won seven division titles and Super Bowl XI.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: He planned to lead a quiet life after retiring after the 1978 season. But a beer commercial made him a celebrity. He began his broadcasting career in 1980 with CBS and partnered with Summerall in 1981. ... Awarded a record 13 Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst Emmy awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, most recently in 1999.

DID YOU KNOW?: Madden has published four books, most recently John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating, a cookbook.

GUEST ANALYSIS

Fox NFL Sunday co-host Terry Bradshaw and analysts Howie Long and Cris Collinsworth discussed the Super Bowl on a conference call with national media Wednesday:

BRADSHAW: If the Rams play as good as they can play, they win the football game. Who knows by how much -- 14 points, who knows. But if they stumble, and New England plays its best football, you can have what you had last week in Pittsburgh, things you never think could happen.

It's really the Rams' game if they're ready. If they're not ready, it's New England. When you don't fear your opponent enough, where you've had all that hype that favors your team ... I've been in that position. It has a calming affect on you. You start to believe it. It's like listening to Spanish tapes. If you listen to that Spanish tape all night, you wake up and say Buenas noches.

LONG: We (Raiders) were nine- or 10-point underdogs going into the Redskins Super Bowl (1984; Raiders won 38-9). I think our frame of mind was anger by the time kickoff occurred. ... You have to survive the first quarter with the Rams. If you can do that and keep it close and hope they can confuse the Rams a little bit offensively, things could happen for New England.

COLLINSWORTH: When you consider watching that Pittsburgh game, I don't think you realize the way (the Patriots) handled the run. Do I think they're going to win, am I going to pick them to win? I'm not. But do I think it's going to be close? I do.

LONG: It would be the biggest upset since Baltimore-New York.

BRADSHAW: A 14-point line is such disrespect to a football team. I do believe that New England frustrated the Rams the first time they played them. But (Kurt) Warner still threw for 400 yards, and it was a very unimpressive 400 yards.

LONG: It wasn't a Ram-like performance, but it was still 26 first downs and 500 yards. The potential is there to just explode.

BRADSHAW: Every player I talked to (Tuesday), they just love playing a week after the championship games because this is their routine. It doesn't hurt the coaches, doesn't hurt the players. For the players, this is perfect. This benefits New England.

COLLINSWORTH: We talked about the blowouts, I think the two-week (layoff) contributes to that. Strange things can happen with that much time off.

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