Good morning. Thanks to our columnist Dave Boling going on injured reserve I'm filling in for him here in Tampa Bay this week and covering the Super Bowl.
I'll have regular reports throughout the day on the happenings during Super Bowl XLIII, including interviews from former players and other people of note that I bump into.
So far I've seen ex-players Michael Irvin and Randy Cross making the rounds in the media room. I'll try to catch up with a few ex-players and get their perspective on this week's game, along with their take on the Seahawks transition with Jim Mora now leading the team on the field.
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Let me know what other coverage you'd like to see during the week and I'll do my best to accommodate your request. Let's get to the links.
The TNT's John McGrath offers his take on Leroy Hill's incident in Atlanta over the weekend, and what message Tim Ruskell, general manager of the Seahawks, will send if he decides to keep Hill around.
The TNT's Dave Boling debates whether Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner should be inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Here's my story from Tampa Bay, where an experienced Pittsburgh team will face a green Cardinals squad.
A reader sent me this link from ebay, where a Seahawks fan is auctioning off an angry letter from Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney in response to a letter this fan sent to the league, outlining the many ways Seattle was screwed in Super Bowl XL. The highest bid is currently at $202.50
Courtesy of ProFootballTalk, Steelers communications coordinator Dave Lockett said he's doesn't know if the letter is legitimate or not.
Pro Football Weekly speculates the Seattle Seahawks might be interested in Cincinnati wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
San Francisco 49ers
San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Swift talks to NFL league officials about a shared stadium concept between the 49ers and the Raiders. Apparently league commissioner Roger Goodell thinks it might make some sense.
Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle details several reasons why the shared stadium concept likely will not happen.
Ron Kroichick of the Chronicle provides updates for every player on the 49ers 1982 Super Bowl team that beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat provides an update on the 49ers offensive coordinator search, which includes an interview with former Falcons coach Dan Reeves.
Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows answers whether or not Nate Clements would be better at safety instead of corner, along with other reader questions in this blog post.
Yahoo.com's Mike Silver details the tough, personnel decisions awaiting Arizona after the Super Bowl is over.
John Faherty of the Arizona Republic provides this profile on Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt and how he's molded the Cardinals into a winner.
Bob McManaman from the Republic says it took awhile for Kurt Warner to build a trust with receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune says that coach Whisenhunt has molded the Cardinals in the Steelers image.
Dan Urban of azcardinals.com talks about Arizona's draft class of 2004 and how players like wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, defensive tackle Darnell Dockett and linebacker Karlos Dansby have served as building blocks for this year's team.
St. Louis Rams
Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides this profile on new Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.
According to Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas, Spagnuolo's new staff includes Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator, Ken Flajole as defensive coordinator, Paul Ferraro as linebackers coach and Charlie Bagget as the receivers coach.