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Tracy Porter’s Hair and Play Steals Super Bowl Show

Tracy Porter may have sported flamboyant hairstyles for the Saints two biggest games of the season but he matched the brazen fashion efforts with awesome play. Two weeks ago, Porter sported a pacman video game haircut and topped it off with an interception of Brett Favre. On Sunday, Porter had SB44 shaved into his head along with a road leading the way from the Superdome to the Lombardi Trophy. He capped that off with the play of his career — an interception of Peyton Manning to seal the Super Bowl. Not a bad month of work for Porter.

You think it said “MVP” on the other side of his head? May as well have with the way he played. Porter may as well grow an afro and quit while he’s ahead because there’s nothing he has left for an encore.

Tracy Porter Does it Again!

Three weeks ago, only Saints fans, Indiana football fans, and the most intense NFL fans knew who Tracy Porter was. Now, over 100 million people know the name and associate it with one of the biggest, most game-changing plays we’ve seen in the postseason, not to mention another that took place two weeks ago. Tracy Porter intercepted Brett Favre to end the Vikings chances of winning the NFC Championship game in regulation and lead the Saints to the Super Bowl. Once he got there, Porter took advantage of the largest possible stage at the most opportune time:

Another claim to fame for #22: Tracy Porter has some of the best hair in the league and he outdid himself with his Super Bowl ‘do. By the way, how about Phil Simms’ analysis on that play? If the Saints listened to him, the game would probably be tied at 24 and headed to overtime. I think he was calling it from a quarterback’s perspective and what he’d like to see from an opposing defense, not really what the Saints should do. The lesson to be learned is that you have to pressure quarterbacks in order to disturb them otherwise they’ll pick you apart. Porter’s pick was a pretty clear example of that lesson in practice. It’s also quite cool that Porter attributed the interception to excellent film study, essentially saying he knew what was coming. I love it when hard work pays off!

Colts Fan Matt Ellis has Autographs Tattooed on His Body

Some dude named Glenn Timmermann became pretty well-known for having a bunch of Chicago Bears autographs tattooed on his body. He topped off the look with the Bears logo inked on the back of his skull. Yeah, that’s a nice look. Anyway, apparently Timmermann has inspired an entire culture of superfans. Maybe not, but Colts fan Matt Ellis is following in his footsteps. Ellis has 33 Colts autographs tattooed on his body. WANE channel 15 in Indy actually did a story on Ellis to provide the background for the insanity:

If you ever wondered what type of person would do that to his body, now you have the answer. Pretty much anyone whose resolution to not having enough memorabilia for players to autograph is get them to sign his body obviously isn’t a very deep thinker. The good news is that Ellis can just chop off various body pieces for auction if he ever runs low on cash — not to say he would ever have trouble finding a job looking like that. Not at all.

Student Brandon Frost Sent Home from School for Wearing Colts Jersey

Last year in the playoffs, a Rockets fan got sent home from school for sporting a Ron Artest haircut. That seems to be a regular occurrence because the same thing happened to a Bengals fan a few months ago. Something about sports seems to bring out the passion in people … and the controversy. Take 17-year-old student Brandon Frost from Maurepas High School near Baton Rouge who says he was sent home for wearing a Colts jersey to school.

Each side predictably gave its version painting themselves in the best possible light. The school says that uniforms were relaxed to allow only black and gold colors on Friday as Saints fans were preparing for the Super Bowl. The kid says he was told “If you like Indiana so much, why don’t you go back?” by the school’s principal. Of course the father is to blame for giving his son permission to come home if he was hassled too much. Right — that’s the message you want to send a kid. Seems to me that the two wardrobe choices were the standard uniform or black and gold. If Frost didn’t want to wear Saints colors, why didn’t he just change into the normal uniform? Seems like an easy solution to me.

(the picture above is NOT Brandon Frost)

What Time Does the Super Bowl Start?

Every year I get the same question about as frequently as I get asked for my prediction on the big game: What time does the Super Bowl start? Well CBS would like me to say it starts at 6pm ET so that they can get the extra audience tuned into the pregame show, but then I’d just be wasting your time. So you know the exact start time, Super Bowl kickoff time is at 6:25pm ET. Obviously it’s up to you how early you want to tune in for the pregame madness and puff pieces (not to mention a Bill Cowher interview with Plaxico Burress!), but so you can properly plan things out, the kickoff is at 6:25pm ET. Hope that helps.

Pictures of Brett Favre’s Bruised Ankle and Hamstring After Saints Game

OK, I took the bait. I’ve accepted an invitation to the Brett Favre pity party, sent by his agent, Bus Cook to the Clarion Ledger. Pro Football Talk actually linked up these pictures for our viewing and I have taken the opportunity to post them, courtesy of Rick Cleveland’s blog. There was no doubt that Brett Favre got beat up in the Saints game, taking some of the worst shots we’ve ever seen him take. But it’s one thing to see the hits in the context of the game and it’s a complete other to see the actual pictures afterwards! I’m not sure when these are from, but if this is how it looks a week later, then I can’t even imagine what it looked like the day after the game. Man, are these gruesome.

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JaMarcus Russell Spends More Time in the Jewelry Store than the Film Room

Last week on TNT, the Suns broke their 18-game TNT losing streak by coming back to beat the Mavericks. The Inside the NBA show after the game was every bit as good as the actual game, as always. Not only did they have clips of Cheryl Miller and Reggie Miller dancing, but they also showed Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell in attendance. Rather, they showed pictures of Russell’s jewelry which could probably pay off the entire state of California’s deficit. What I didn’t realize was that announcer Kevin Harlan got in some nice shots during the actual telecast. Check it out via Jimmy Traina’s Extra Mustard at SI and Thunder Treats:

Let me just point something out: you wouldn’t be a target to be robbed if you weren’t advertising that you had millions of dollars and half your signing bonus hanging on your neck. That’s something Javon Walker and Floyd Mayweather Jr. had to learn the hard way. Hopefully JaMarcus doesn’t have to learn that lesson but it’s pretty clear his interests lie in the wrong places. It will be a shame to see all his talent go to waste.