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miller-article1Hialeah, Florida – My Super Bowl Week kicked off with a fantastic start on Sunday night.  After being poorly informed on where and when to park near Sun Life Stadium, my colleague Mike and I drove around the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for nearly three hours.  Whoever designed the South Florida road system needs their head examined.  In the end, I missed the Pro Bowl on Sunday, and instead spent part of the night in the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center with one other writer.  Overall, I am hoping the week can only improve from here.

It worked out for the best because the media members I spoke to after the game said keeping dry was a major issue.

If the Pro Bowl players were actually trying their hardest, then my name is the Jolly Green Giant.

While receiving my NFL media pass on Sunday, I met the legendary Gil Brandt and passed by ESPN’s John Clayton.  The spectacle of Super Bowl Week truly has begun when those two men are in town.

If there is one media personality I would enjoy meeting this week, it would be Fox Sports Radio’s J.T. the Brick.  For years, I could not go to sleep without hearing the loudmouth sports talk radio host’s opinions.

The Super Bowl commercials this year need to wow.  The laughs have been few and far between in recent years.  I recommend placing Mean Joe Greene and the Budweiser frogs in a 30-second spot.  It would be magical.

I cannot help but imagine what presence Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers could bring to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense.  However, with Peppers’ price tag hovering around $20 million, there is a slim chance he lands in Jacksonville.  In eight seasons, the 30-year-old Peppers has 81.0 sacks.  What team wouldn’t welcome that production?

Recently-retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was known for never giving up during his career.  I am interested to see how he translates that into post-football success.

The Jaguars will miss former running backs coach Kennedy Pola.  In my opinion, he was a factor in both Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew earning Pro Bowl bids.

And, now that Pola and Mike Tice have left Jacksonville for Tennessee and Chicago, respectively, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is losing his circle of trust.  Like I have said before, time is running out for Del Rio.

In men’s basketball, Jacksonville University’s win Friday night over the University of North Florida, 73-61, was the most intense UNF sporting event I have attended in six years.  The 3,815 fans at the UNF Arena brought the energy and enthusiasm for the River City Rumble.  With a game such as that, I do not want to hear that Jacksonville is not a basketball town.

UNF freshmen Will Wilson and Andy Diaz really caught my eye on Friday.  Wilson is a speedy point guard – which all college teams need in today’s game.  Diaz easily has 15-point, 10-rebound potential.  Against JU, he did have a tendency to get ahead of himself.

I am beginning to catch March Madness.  Symptoms include: dry eyes caused by hours in front of the television and a tendency to follow through on shots intended for wastebaskets.

Men’s tennis player Roger Federer is the most dominant athlete in his sport.  After his Australian Open win over Andy Murray, Federer now holds a record 16 Grand Slam titles.  And, Federer has appeared in 22 Slam finals. 

When I had some spare time, I watched “All the Right Moves” earlier this week.  It is one movie that has aged very poorly.  Not only that, but the 80s music makes it so corny. 

Since National Signing Day is Wednesday, does this mean Urban Meyer will officially begin his leave of absence on Thursday?

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RICHARD MILLER IS BLOGGING FROM SOUTH FLORIDA FOR SUPER BOWL WEEK, FOLLOW ALONG BY CLICKING HERE!

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Richard Miller is a national broadcaster for Jacksonville Jaguars’ home games on Sporting News Radio.  Additionally, he can be heard on ABC 1320 WBOB in Jacksonville at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays with the Jacksonville Observer Radio Show.

Richard contributes to Inside the Game with Robin Valetutto every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Currently, Richard is writing David Lamm’s biography entitled Lamm at Large: The David Lamm Story, which will be available in 2010.

You can e-mail Richard at Richard.Miller@jaxobserver.com.

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