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Super Bowl Snap Judgments

Manning's Bears flashback, Harrison, Edge and more

Posted: Thursday February 1, 2007 12:32PM; Updated: Thursday February 1, 2007 12:32PM
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After treating media questions like castor oil most of his career, Marvin Harrison swallowed his press conference with little problem this week at the Super Bowl.
After treating media questions like castor oil most of his career, Marvin Harrison swallowed his press conference with little problem this week at the Super Bowl.
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Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we slog onward through the week at the NFL's big Roman numeraled affair ...

• Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Peyton Manning, the Colts QB coughs up maybe the best story I've heard all week. Did you catch Manning talking about ex-Bears running back Walter Payton, who he met when he was 3 and on vacation with his family at the '80 Pro Bowl in Honolulu? It seems one afternoon little No. 18 went missing for a long stretch of time, much to the concern of his parents, Archie and Olivia.

"Finally I showed up after Walter Payton had had me on a catamaran for three hours,'' Manning said. "Because it was Walter it was like no big deal.''

• I don't know who the Bears ticked off in the league office. Talk about your NFC inferiority complex. Chicago's team hotel this week is the Hilton Miami Airport, and as any seasoned traveler knows, any time airport is mentioned somewhere in the name of your hotel, you're not in for five-star treatment.

The Colts have considerably nicer digs at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, which is located on a beautiful spot along the Atlantic shore. Resort and beach are always words you want in your hotel's formal name.

• I listened as Marvin Harrison finally found his voice with the media this week, and for a guy who famously doesn't like to talk, he did fine. I heard more of him in the past two days than I have total in the 11 years he has played in the NFL.

What in the world was the reticent and reserved Harrison doing in that chatty draft class of 1996 receivers, which included Keyshawn Johnson and a guy named Terrell Owens? Maybe he just couldn't get a word in edgewise.

• I would say that Chicago's Tank Johnson has taken a shoot-the-messenger type approach when talking about his legal troubles this week, but given his gun collection, perhaps I best not give him any ideas.

Thanks, I'm here all week.

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Don Banks covers pro football for SI.com.

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