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Now that I've given you a day to watch the Super Bowl episode of "This Is Us" and a new episode arrives tonight, it is time for my Top 10 takeaways. Spoiler alert: If you haven't seen Sunday's episode yet, better stop reading now. Mystery solved: The song "You Can Call Me Al" is the ringtone on my cellphone even though I hate being called Al. So naturally I was amuse…

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The rating for the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl soared in Western New York, but it was slightly lower than the rating for the Patriots overtime win over Atlanta a year ago. The 56.4 preliminary rating Sunday on WGRZ-TV(Channel 2) tied with the 2016 Super Bowl win by the Denver Broncos over Carolina, 24-10, for s…

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The Super Bowl means the end of football by NFL players for now, but there is still plenty happening in the offseason. Here is a look at key dates: Feb. 20: First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players; deadlines is March 6 at 4 p.m. EST. Feb. 27-March 5: Scouting combine in Indianapolis March 12-14: Legal tampering/contract period to negotiate…

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During a January news conference in Los Angeles, NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels lamented that Fox got the first overtime Super Bowl in 2017 with the New England Patriots win over Atlanta. "I guess now we’re rooting for the first ever, like, triple overtime Super Bowl so they go deep into the night," cracked Michaels. That scenario didn't happen. He got something be…

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It's music's biggest 12-minute gig, every year. It can make or break a career. But this year's Super Bowl halftime show was always going to be more than a high-profile promotional spot for an already huge artist seeking a postgame sales bump. This is 2018. #MeToo, the Resistance, the Colin Kaepernick-led civil protests during the singing of the national anthem and th…

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Several days ago, Tony Bellissimo was part of a cast rehearsing in a New York City-area arena with Justin Timberlake. They were getting ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minnesota, where Timberlake will perform the halftime show and Bellissimo will be one of his 30 backup dancers. During a break, Bellissimo and the guys around him got to talking. From the arena floor, th…

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During a conference call for the Super Bowl, Al Michaels, who is calling his 10th Super Bowl, gave the best analysis of how super the New England Patriots dynasty is compared to the previous dynasties in sports. He noted the New York Yankees dominated in the 1940s and 1950 when there were only 16 baseball teams and some of the earlier NFL dynasties also occurred when th…

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Here are several of the top things I learned from listening to two NBC Sports conference calls and reading some releases about coverage of Sunday's Super Bowl in Minneapolis between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles: The Hogan family: New England wide receiver Chris Hogan arguably is one of the more popular players with Buffalo ties in Sunday's Super Bowl…

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With their 21st century engineering, stylish fabrics and sleek lines, recliners have come a long way. Many, in fact, don’t look like recliners at all. “The latest recliners – even lift recliners – are sculptural highlights, not space hogs,” the American Home Furnishings Alliance tells us. Still, many hear the word “recliner” and recall the behemoth creation in their par…

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Jennie Fagen, a Buffalo Bills fan with a passion for musical theater, has been on a roll this season with a series of Broadway sendups about her favorite team. There was "The Bills Are Alive" and "Bills are Sixteen Going on Seventeen," both from "The Sound of Music." There was "Somewhere Over New Era," adapted from Buffalo-born composer Harold Arlen's famous song about …

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University at Buffalo graduate Liam McHugh had a couple of favorite sports announcers growing up on Long Island as a New York Giants, New York Knicks and New York Islanders fan. "Frankly, like most people, I really loved watching Bob Costas," the NBC Sports host said in a telephone interview. "I think Bob is the best." On Sunday, McHugh will be the sportscaster being…

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Bills cornerback Jordan Poyer says he's having a Super Bowl party, and everyone is invited as long as you are in South Florida. Poyer says the idea for the party came from his fiancee Rachel Bush. After the initial tweet, Poyer was active in responding to all sorts of potential partygoers.

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The Bills have several connections to players and coaches in Super Bowl LII: PATRIOTS Stephon Gilmore, cornerback. Bills’ first-round pick in 2012 and was with the team until the 2016 season. Signed as a free agent with the Patriots in the offseason. Mike Gillislee, running back. Spent the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Bills and had eight rushing touchdowns in 2016. S…