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Daluiso comfortable kicking in stadium

By PETE YOUNG, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Some kickers like to visualize making a field goal to win the Super Bowl as a way to anticipate the pressure of such a situation.

Not the Giants' Brad Daluiso, who will try not to think of Scott Norwood during the Super Bowl.

Ten years ago, Norwood, Buffalo's kicker, missed a 47-yard field goal with four seconds left to let the Giants escape with a 20-19 victory in Super Bowl XXV, also in Tampa.

"I envision myself making kicks," Daluiso said. "I've played in that stadium before and I know what that stadium is like. I will visualize my surroundings. I think it's important to be comfortable in your surroundings, especially when you're not playing at home. I will not visualize, "Two seconds left, this is what I have to do.' As far as I'm concerned, that part's already done. That's done by what I do in practice and how I take that onto the game field."

Daluiso has made four of his five field-goal attempts in two playoff games this month.

Look who it is

Giants coach Jim Fassel's family and friends surprised him at a dinner Thursday by inviting his close friend, ex-Broncos quarterback John Elway, to attend.

Elway, whom Fassel coached at Stanford and with the Broncos, told Fassel what to expect before Sunday's game.

"He said, "It will hit you when you walk out of the tunnel, where you are, and what's going on,' " Fassel said. Elway played in five Super Bowls, and went 2-3.

"I know coming out of that tunnel with this team in the Super Bowl and all the stuff that goes on and what it's going to mean will be something I'll always remember," Fassel said. "(John) said to me, "No matter what you've done in your life, this will be indelibly in your mind, and you'll have a tremendous amount of feelings and emotions come out.' "

Good team? Good QB!

Phil Simms has heard from the doubters who question whether either of this year's Super Bowl quarterbacks are capable of completing the final piece of their championship puzzle. And it almost makes him laugh.

"I'll tell you the question that bothers me most: Is Kerry Collins a Super Bowl quarterback, or is Trent Dilfer a Super Bowl quarterback," Simms said. "They have good, solid teams around them and they take advantage of the situations they're in. And that's why they were in the playoffs and made it to the Super Bowl."

Simms, who will call the game with play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel, knows what it takes to win a title. He was at the helm for some talented Giants clubs, including those that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV. He was named the game's MVP in their first trip and sat out the next with a foot injury, allowing Jeff Hostetler to step in.

"The first thing you need to be a championship quarterback is you have to be on a really good team," Simms said. "When you have a really good team around you, you become a lot smarter and your talent has a lot better chance of being showcased, and that's what it's all about."

More double trouble

If you see someone who resembles Giants running back Tiki Barber on the town past curfew tonight, don't fret. It's probably twin brother Ronde Barber.

"He'll give me a bad name," Tiki said. "He was up in New York two weeks ago, staying out until 4 o'clock in the morning pretending he was me. So I know he won't do anything to better my name."

Double trouble, part II

Ravens safety Anthony Poindexter played collegiately with Ronde (Bucs) and Tiki at Virginia.

"I roomed with Ronde on road trips in college," Poindexter said. "I think he's a little more outspoken than Tiki, but they're very much alike."

Poindexter said his high school in Virginia was about a half-hour from the Barbers', and he said they were easy to tell apart then.

"Tiki was the bulky one; Ronde was leaner," Poindexter said.

Newsprint moustache

Many coaches and players claim they do not read about themselves in the newspaper, but Fassel always has admitted he reads everything he can about the Giants.

Until now. He was drowning in the sea of articles chronicling his team's run through the playoffs.

"You took me past my max," he said, smiling. "I surrender. I can't read it all. I give up. I quit."

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