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The Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi is on location in Tampa for Super Bowl XLIII. While most others are reporting on the two teams still alive, we get some more insight as to what we have in store: “Tales of Mangini’s restrictive ways in New York are rampant here. “Oh, you’ll love him talking about injuries,” one writer said. “If he even conceded a player had a knee injury, he would refuse to say if it was his right knee or his left.” “It took me three weeks once to get an interview with the offensive line coach,” said another.” They said that Mangini instructed Jets PR staffers to keep track of which players were talking to which writers — just in case a disturbing quote was published from an unidentified player. “We were stunned, absolutely stunned, he was hired so soon after being fired,” said one. “Even people in the (Jets’) building felt he needed time — a year or two — to reflect on things he did wrong.” [Tony Grossi/Plain Dealer]
On Mo Williams’ snubbing of All-Star accolades: “LeBron James has been waiting for a big shotmaker of a teammate for some time. And in recent weeks it has become clearer than ever that Williams plays that role better than anyone has. Despite the campaigning of James, a couple of things work against Williams as an All-Star: His stats are not elite — his PER is 68th in the NBA — and his 43-point game on Tuesday came just after the coaches finished voting for All-Star reserves.” [Henry Abbott/TrueHoop]
And now more deep thoughts…with D’Qwell Jackson: “I hear there will be more discipline. He works his players hard for a year or two until they buy in and then he lets up a little. That’s fine. As long as we win,” Jackson said. “Let’s hope this staff is the one.” [Radio Row via Plain Dealer]
“The Jacket Backers are organizing a road trip to Detroit on Saturday March 7th. I’ve had this date circled on my calendar for quite a while (after all my sister lives in Toledo so yeah…the kill two birds deal) so I’ll definitely be in attendance. I’d say its about time to turn the tables and invade the Joe for once Jacket fans. Don’t believe the hype that its hard to get tickets to the Joe either. If you aren’t interested in the Backers deal give the Joe box office a call, check ebay or do the old fashioned ticketmaster deal. Tickets are not hard to come by.” [Light the Lamp]
Following up on Todd’s excellent work on the vaunted seventh reliever: “[Adam] Miller’s move full-time to the bullpen looks to be a way to get the talented 24-year-old onto the Indians, not giving up on the idea that he can perhaps move back to the rotation at some point down the road if he can prove that he can stay healthy (think Adam Wainwright). But for now, the bullpen looks to be where he fits for 2009 and early returns have been more than encouraging to the point that many “in the know” have pegged Miller as the odds-on favorite to break camp with the Tribe as that 7th reliever in the bullpen.” [Paul Cousineau/DiaTribe]