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Deflategate: In the off week between the NFC/AFC Championships and the Super Bowl, the NFL has the Pro Bowl. This year we have Deflategate.

The common fan doesn't really care about the Xs and Os of the Patriots/Seahwaks matchup. The underinflated balls are what makes headlines.

I don't know if I would call Tom Brady a cheater. I guess he might be called a rulebreaker in this instance if he had anyhing to do with the PSI level of those pigskins.

How many have driven 45 in that 35 mph zone down Gilmer Avenue? Those drivers are lawbreakers. Right? I guess. I'm not speaking of myself of course. My cruise control is set to 34.

Iron Brawl: Most games with Albama and Auburn outside of the annual football battle are pretty far down the list as far as fan interest goes. It's like most who watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. The game doesn't matter that much.

Last week's tilt in Tuscaloosa was a dandy. Alabama eked out a 51-51 win. Nobody really cared, but some were talking after the game. There was a cat fight that broke out just before halftime. Three players were ejected.

Women's basketball ranks pretty far down the ladder of significance at the Capstone and on the Plains. It's 26th behind Horseshoes.

I'm not picking on women's baseketball in general, it's just the sport at the respective institutions. Both programs have been in the doldurms for a long time. With Bama's victory, they improved to 1-5 in the SEC. Auburn fell to 0-6; the epitome of irrelevance.

Meanwhile, a couple of blocks from Foster Auditorium at Coleman Coliseum, the men's teams faced off last week, but most of the fans turned out to see Bama receive the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy for their win in football last fall.

Alabama escaped with a two-point win. A loss would've been Anthony Grant's fourth straight and a bad way to start the rivalry with Bruce Pearl at Auburn.

Many believe that the rivalry will be short-lived. Pearl is expected to get Auburn back to respectable. Fans are already excited at AU.

Bama fans are still frustrated. Although the the program is not bad, it doesn't evoke excitement with the fan base.

Wimp Sanderson and Sonny Smith were at Saturday night's game. There were exciting times back when those guys were coaching. That was only about 30 years ago.

Super Bowl: ESPN aired a documentary on four photographers who have been at every Super Bowl. This year's will be the 49th, or XLIX.

Most of their work can be seen on the covers of Sports Illustrated. These are iconic shots that have captured those classic moments, most with film prior to the digital age.

In sports I can't imagine a foursome that has been a part of anything bigger collectively. When Bart Starr led the Packers to the first Super Bowl victory, it wasn't even called the Super Bowl. These guys couldn't have had any idea how big the game would become.

Now, it's the biggest spectacle in sports. It's the highest rated program on television every year. It's an event from the entertainment to the commercials. The game itself is almost a sideshow.

Oddly, these four people have never seen one of those new Super Bowl ads live. Still, I'd give up the Budweiser frogs to have 49 Super Bowls on my resume.

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