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Hurting for news in two sports

The Super Bowl remains in the hype stage for another 5 1/2 hours, but one of my predictions already came true. There aren't any good storylines for this game.

Tom Brady's walking boot? Plaxico Burress' lame guarantee? The Patriots' quest to go unbeaten, which has been talked about since Week 2?

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The only way Eli Manning becomes interesting is if his team is facing Peyton Manning. Or Jay Payton. Give me something.

Meanwhile, nothing new for me to report on the Orioles. The two sides are close. We expect an announcement to come later this week. Blah, blah, blah.

Here's a little something from The Seattle Times' Larry Stone, in case you missed it: (By the way, despite Internet reports, Jones was not in Baltimore for a physical on Friday. As of Saturday, he was still at home.)

Must have been Adam Jones' evil twin.

On this end, we kept hearing denials from the Orioles, including one "if that was true, you'd think I would know."

One of these days, someone might actually notify Erik Bedard's agent, Mark Pieper, that an agreement has been reached and players are being flown to Baltimore to take their physicals. At last check, he was still waiting for that call.

As long as we're poking around the Seattle area, did you see this article?

Now we know what happened to Tripper Johnson.

I guess Darnell McDonald wasn't the only Orioles prospect who chose the wrong sport.

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