Both teams loose, confident shortly before kickoff

As the Giants and Patriots go through their on-field warm-ups for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium, here are my pregame observations.

Ocho sports golden grill for Super showdown

It’s uncertain what, if any, impact Chad Ochocinco will make for the Patriots in his first-ever Super Bowl appearance, but he left nothing on the field in the style department.

Giants’ Tuck hypes up his defensive teammates

Justin Tuck‘s the Giants’ defensive captain, and he certainly played the part during warmups Sunday.

Gronkowski’s left ankle looks fine during warm-ups

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski‘s ankle looked perfectly fine when the tight end took the field for warm-ups Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Belichick seeing gray — not red — in XLVI

As expected, New England’s coach has ditched the infamous red hoodie he wore in Super Bowl XLII for a gray one.

The fine art of securing Super Bowl tickets

Three dedicated fans from Iowa and Wisconsin come to the Super Bowl every year without the safety net of tickets in hand. They always get in.

Kraft, Saturday meet in the middle — again

Nice moment a second ago, as Patriots owner Robert Kraft walked to midfield and shook hands with Jeff Saturday, the Colts center.

Brady, Welker, Edelman take the field

Pats QB Tom Brady wasn’t overwhelming booed by the Giants fans at Lucas Oil Stadium when he first took the field Sunday.

Giants fans dominate the scene in Indy

The downtown Marriott is exactly 711 miles from MetLife Stadium, but you’d never guess that by the fervor on the hotel’s outside patio at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Giants, Patriots players trickling onto field

We’re less than two hours away from kickoff, and Lucas Oil Field is starting to get hot.

Brief run-in with Shaq highlights pregame frenzy

We’re on a slammed elevator from the press box down to field level at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mid-trip, we stop. Doors open. In walks Shaquille O’Neal. Hilarity ensues.

Time to tailgate, with or without The Fray, is now

Super Bowl XLVI tailgating parties are fired up all over Circle City (not to mention the country and the world), but the biggest shindig might be the official NFL get-together at Indiana Convention Center.

Chowing down at Super Bowl XLVI? Bring your wallet

Massive piles of food and drink are being prepared on every level of Lucas Oil Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVI, so let’s take a look at what the Super Bowl XLVI menu has to offer.

NFL Honors tidbits: Baldwin, Manning delight Indy

The inaugural NFL Honors gala offered a generous dose of memorable moments. The Tim Tebow/Katy Perry encounter is in the books, but there were plenty of gems from Saturday night’s NFL/Hollywood mashup:

Perry moves in on Tebow at NFL Honors

Alec Baldwin killed the opening monologue at Saturday’s inaugural NFL Honors event, then dropped down on one knee and raised his eyes and arms to the sky.

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