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?We expect NFL Films' superb Super Bowl videos to include slow-motion footage, wired-for-sound players and pumped-up broadcasters. But we don't expect the video to arrive before the victory-parade confetti is cleared away. NFL Films turned around The Super Bowl XXXVII Champions Video in a record 16 days, culling from 135,000 feet of film captured by 22 cameras. The three-hour video ($24.98 DVD, $19.98 VHS) yields a terrific insider's feel, such as when Tampa Bay safety John Lynch, standing on the sideline, deduces Oakland's next play and barks "Sluggo Seam" as Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon steps under center. Thus alerted, safety Dexter Jackson gets in front of receiver Jerry Rice for an interception. Lynch boasts, "I called it right before the snap." Later, frustrated with the Bucs' continued prescience, Rice snaps his helmet off and barks, "What the f—- is going on?" The film includes highlights from every Bucs game, none better than Keyshawn Johnson calling a Bengals defensive lineman a "fake-ass John Randle," then apologizing to Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson, "Sorry, Brad, I'm going to get you killed."
? ESPN2's coverage of the sixth and final match of Garry Kasparov's chess duel with IBM computer Deep Junior was surprisingly riveting. With the series tied 2�-2�, Kasparov offered a draw to Junior despite having a favorable position. Analyst Yasser Seirawan griped, "We wanted blood!" Added grandmaster Maurice Ashley, "He showed no confidence.... Can he really beat the computer? The answer looks like no." After Junior accepted the draw, host Jeremy Schaap asked Kasparov, "Why is it more important to you not to lose than to win?" Replied the weary Kasparov, "[The pressure] is a terrible burden for a human." Good stuff.