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Dispatches from Indy: Catching up

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 3, 2012 11:24 AM

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By Chad Finn, Globe Staff

INDIANAPOLIS -- A couple of links to my stuff in the paper the the past few days that didn't get posted here. And, some wisdom from Cris Collinsworth, whose '81 Sports Illustrated cover is presented without comment.

* Some thoughts from Rodney Harrison -- who will be ubiquitous on Sunday's broadcast -- on why revenge will be a motive against the Giants.

I didn't use it in the column, but Collinsworth, who played in two Super Bowls with the Bengals (and lost both to the Niners) agreed with Harrison that revenge is a strong motivator.

"I can relate to that a little bit,'' Collinsworth said. "There were only four or five of us who were still around and I think that's fairly true of the Patriots, that there's probably 10 or 11 of them who played in Super Bowl 42. It's a new team. But for those guys, they'll never forget. Some of the guys who played in the '81 Super Bowl played really well in the '88 Super Bowl, and you could tell that there was a maturity level to it.

"I also think players who have been in Super Bowls, who have played in Super Bowls, have a distinct advantage. The first Super Bowl you play in, you're in the Super Bowl, and you're looking around and checking out the movie stars. I can still remember Diana Ross, who sang the National Anthem, walking in front of me, about this close, and we were like, 'Aw, maaaan.' I still joke with the 49ers guys that if she'd walked in front of your sideline, we'd have been up 20-0 at halftime. She completely destroyed us."

Collinsworth said the disappointment of losing a Super Bowl never truly fades.

"It was a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything, but the pain of losing two is almost twice as much. I'll tell you a story. I once asked Joe Gibbs, 'You won three and you lost one, how much time do you spend thinking about the one that you lost?' And he said, 'All I think about.' You expect to win, you expect that to happen. And when you lose, it's like someone takes a cup of cold water and dumps it over your head. Only, you never warm back up. I'm 53 years old, and I still think about it every day. Every day.''

* Many readers have asked as the season has progressed where Greg Dickerson been on the Celtics telecasts. As he discusses with great candor here, he was diagnosed with epilepsy after suffering a major seizure two days before Christmas and a lesser one two weeks ago before a game. He's back on the Celtics' sideline this week and plans to handle his usual workload the rest of the season.

* Finally, my column from Thursday's paper on Radio Row. Shaughnessy noted this today, but it was beyond bizarre to watch Tim Tebow and Joe Montana get out of the elevator at the same time yesterday, with one getting swarmed and the other nearly getting trampled. Good thing for Montana he's still fairly elusive at 55.

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Irreverence and insight from Chad Finn, a Globe/Boston.com sports writer and media columnist. A winner of several national and regional writing awards, he is the founder and sole contributor to the TATB blog, which launched in December 2004. Yes, he realizes how lucky he is.

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