February 03, 2014
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Mara pushing for another NYC/NJ Super Bowl

One and ... not done? John Mara, the New York Giants co-owner instrumental in bringing Super Bowl XLVIII to MetLife Stadium, said Sunday morning he would like the New York/New Jersey region to host the big game again. Appearing on ESPN Radio's "The Ian O'Connor Show," Mara was more definitive about the prospect of the Super Bowl returning to Broadway and East Rutherford, N.J., than he was about it landing in other cold-weather markets with outdoor stadiums. Asked if he wanted a Super Bowl sequel at MetLife, Mara said, "Based on everything that's happened so far, yes. If we can be assured that we'd get the same cooperation from all the different government entities that were involved, which has been tremendous so far, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't consider doing it again." (ESPN New York) Comment

Kidd has lost all faith in ...

Small ball has been kind to the Nets, but there are times the downside to having Paul Pierce at power forward and Garnett at center becomes apparent. They're more athletic, for sure, but the Nets are vulnerable inside, outscored in the paint by a combined 44 points during their three-game losing streak. Coach Jason Kidd has clearly lost all faith in Reggie Evans, the NBA's most efficient rebounder last season, who has played a combined 23 minutes in the last 11 games. He's too much of a liability offensively. Kidd has given those minutes to Mirza Teletovic, who is more comfortable on the perimeter and not a good matchup against a big team such as the Pacers. But there is short-term good news for the Nets: their next opponent, the 76ers (15-33), has been tanking lately. (New York Daily News) Comment

Decker a goner

Even before the Super Bowl loss, the Broncos already may have been bracing for the loss of running back Knowshon Moreno once free agency hits. They fear losing wide receiver Eric Decker as well. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the organization views Decker as a No. 2 receiver who might be seeking a contract commensurate with a No. 1. Keep in mind that teams often leak these contract stories in an attempt to drive down a player's value. Dez Bryant and Calvin Johnson are the only NFL receivers with more than Decker's 31 touchdown receptions over the past three seasons. ... The Broncos plan to let Decker come back to them with his best offer on the open market, but there's no guarantee that they will be afforded that opportunity. (NFL.com) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll lifts the Lombardi Trophy after Seattle's dominating 43-8 win in the Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Must-See Video

The Seattle Seahawks talk about bringing the city its first Super Bowl title.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: XFL
  • 1951 -- Dick Button wins his sixth straight U.S. Figuring Skating Championship. The following year, he takes gold at the Oslo Olympics.
  • 1979 -- The Minnesota Twins trade seven-time batting champion Rod Carew to the California Angels for four players.
  • 2001 -- The XFL debuts with the Las Vegas Outlaws beating the New York/New Jersey Hitmen 19-0.
  • 2002 -- Tom Brady wins his first title as the Patriots beat the Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl XXXVI.

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