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ATL at the Super Bowl: Friday's musings

"Around the League" is at Super Bowl headquarters in Indianapolis, wandering Radio Row, the media center and mingling with players and celebrities in town for the big game. And, of course, we've got you covered with the latest notes on the Patriots and Giants. This is what came out of Friday's experiences:

» Fans have flooded downtown "Nap Town" in record numbers for the NFL Experience, with more than 200,000 people attending the event with Saturday still to come. Jets receiver Plaxico Burress was even spotted at the Indiana Convention Center, tossing touchdown passes to youngsters.

» Super Bowl Radio Row regular Adam Sandler was back, going through the media wash and happy to visit live with NFL Network and shows Friday. Unlike many Jets fans, and perhaps even some players, Sandler isn't turning on his team, remaining optimistic for a better 2012.

» The Sandman might be a regular, but the appearance of Vanilla Ice was random. Well, not totally random, just kinda random (he was there helping promote Sandler's movie "I Hate You Dad"). Ice spent some quality time with, and was a sloganeering orb of positive light.

» The Giantsheld a pizza party on Friday. It was for a good cause: Superstition. A total of 12 pizzas were delivered from Umberto's in New Hyde Park, N.Y. to the team's practice field at the University of Indianapolis. Does 12 pizza pies seem like enough to feed a hungry professional football team?

» "Madden NFL 2012" predicted the winner of Super Bowl XLVI. You'll still want to check out the real game and tune into NBC on Sunday to see if the pixelated prediction was correct.

» Matthew Stafford made his fourth trip to the Super Bowl, but the watch-from-the-stands act is growing old for the Lions' breakout QB. Did you know that Stafford and Lions legend Bobby Layne both played at the same high school in Texas (Highland Park H.S., and not at the same time, silly). Did you also know that Layne was a part of a Lions team that won three NFL championships in the 1950s? That was the last time the Lions were that good, and Stafford hopes to change that.

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