Dallas’ dynamic duo

Super Bowl XLV Host Committee chairman (and Hall of Famer) Roger Staubach and NFL.com’s Gil Brandt at the media center. For those who don’t know, it was Brandt who drafted Staubach for the Cowboys in 1964.

Is Staubach rooting against Steelers?

Roger Staubach lost two Super Bowls against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ’70s. So is it painful for Staubach — chairman of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee — to see his Super Bowl rival playing in the big game this week? Maybe…

Call it the Blue-Collar Bowl

When Super Bowl week officially kicks off Monday morning, fans will be bombarded with every bit of Super Bowl minutiae imaginable. So let’s get a jump on that with perhaps the most trivial of observations regarding the game. And here it is…

Another stadium with ‘Winter’ issues

Talk about irony… While the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field was impacted this week due to the effects of a classic winter storm, another stadium in the state was bracing for the impact of a Winter Classic.

Brandt: First roof tear was memorable

Anyone remember the first time there was a hole in the Metrodome roof? NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt was there, back when he was VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys. And he is quick to remind us that the game was played as scheduled – and produced a record that will never be broken.

Pick Six: NFL players-turned-actors

While Dave Dameshek’s NFL.com column this week contained a list of the top athletes-turned-actors, here is the more “official” list of NFL players who have turned that trick.

HBO’s Lombardi doc debuts Saturday

Four decades after his death, 2010 has been a big year for legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Following a successful run on Broadway earlier this fall, Lombardi’s next stop is premium cable. The HBO Sports documentary “Lombardi” debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, exclusively on HBO.

Kirwan: Haley should have known better

NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan easily could have let Chiefs coach Todd Haley off the hook when he was asked in his Monday chat about Haley’s reaction following Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Denver Broncos. The questioner, Tom from Scotland, likely didn’t know that Kirwan and Haley have been friends for nearly 20 years.

Brandt: Auburn’s Newton better than Tebow

NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt views Auburn QB Cam Newton as a better pro prospect than rookie Tim Tebow, a first-round pick by the Broncos.

‘Tailgate Warriors’ on tonight’s menu

Episode 2 of The Food Network’s “Tailgate Warriors” will air Wednesday night, with a tasty visit to the Black Hole. Host Guy Fieri took the show to a preseason game at Oakland Coliseum, where he offered some tailgating tips and sampled the fare from some veteran Raiders fans.

Noteworthy nuggets from Week 7

A look at Week 7 through some of the most notable numbers of the week, with an assist from George Li of the NFL Network research desk:

Lombardi: The man, the myth, the Broadway play

In the history real-life people whose lives have been turned into Broadway plays, it’s safe to say none has more NFL victories than Vince Lombardi. Not even close. That is, until someone decides to make “Shula: The Musical.”

NFL to host special night at ‘LOMBARDI’ on Broadway

Beginning Oct. 21, fans have the opportunity to see Dan Lauria starring as legendary coach Vince Lombardi in “LOMBARDI” on Broadway. And on Nov. 9, fans can get in on a special performance of the play that will be preceded by a reception hosted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long.

Legendary Packers photographer passes away

Not all football fans have heard of Vernon Biever, but there’s a good chance they’ve seen his iconic photos. A legendary NFL photographer who had been associated with the Green Bay Packers since 1941, Biever died Wednesday at the age of 87.

Kirwan: Moss makes immediate impact, but …

Is less than a week enough time for Randy Moss to get comfortable with Vikings?

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