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When 'The Fridge' Fired Up Vegas

Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

Brady Is the NFL's Money Man

Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes

Divergent Paths Merge at Super Bowl

Kevin Clark, Wall Street Journal

Wrapping Head Around Football's Violence

Peter Richmond, Vice Sports

The fat man plowed over the goal line, and across Las Vegas phones started ringing in the back offices of sports books. One of them rang at the old MGM, where Jimmy Vaccaro picked ...(full article)

San Franciscans have made little effort to disguise their distaste for this month's Super Bowl festivities. A recent report showed that taxpayers are on the hook for more than $5 m...(full article)

Cam Newton faces off against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl Sunday and is widely expected to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award Saturday night at the NFL Honors show, but...(full article)

When a team wins a Super Bowl—no matter how they do it or how close the score turns out to be—the rest of the league’s teams can always be counted on to do precisely the same...(full article)

A whole lot of collisions visited the late Oakland Raider quarterback, who is commanding news today both as a potential (and long-overdue) Hall of Fame inductee and as the latest h...(full article)

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