SUPER SUNDAY, DAN PATRICK, RODNEY HARRISON, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, TRACY STALARD, BOB COSTAS, RELATED NUMBERS

February 4, 2009

The two best answers I heard on any of the Super Sunday pre-game shows came from NE Patriot DB Rodney Harrison and Bruce Springsteen of the E Street Band.

Dan Patrick asked Harrison what he’d have said if he (Patrick) told him (Harrison), six weeks ago, that the Cardinals would be in the Super Bowl. Harrison answered, “I’d have told you to stop smoking and stop drinking.” Harrison might become the next Tracy Stallard, here in NY. Stallard is best known to Yankees fans as being the pitcher who threw the pitch to Roger Maris, who hit it into the right field seats for his 61st home run.

He might be forever linked to the acrobatic ball-on-the-helmet catch, made by David Tyree in the 2008 Super Bowl.

The other answer came from Bruce Springsteen when he was asked by Bob Costas why he had decided to do a TV interview after turning others down, for so long. Springsteen said: “I got an album coming out. It’s not rocket science.”

Both were simple and true answers that cut through the deep grass of “TV Talk.”

I’ve always had an affinity for certain numbers and how they seem to be attached to certain individuals and actions. For example, the number 44 has a great many links- Jim Brown, Henry Aaron, Ernie Davis, Willie McCovey, Jerry West, Pete Maravich, and on and on and on.

The most recent number that came at me was 0:35 seconds. That was the time left on the . clock when Santonio Holmes made his acrobatic catch in this year’s Super Bowl. In last year’s Super Bowl Plaxico Burress made his game winning catch of a fade pass to the back of the end zone- the time left on the clock? Yep, it was 0.35 seconds. Tell me that this was only a coincidence.

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