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It's the beginning of a four-hour pre-game show, and Howie Long says: "Hours seem like days." I know he's talking about waiting to play in the Super Bowl on the day of the game, but still ...

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Words of wisdom from Jimmy Johnson on how to beat the Patriots: "Pound the rock to control the clock" and to get a pass rush on Tom Brady, "pretend you're going after Tom's girlfriend back there."

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Best music so far: a snippet of the Raspberries' great "Go All the Way" during a piece on the undefeated 1972 Dolphins.

Speaking of whom, Terry Bradshaw said, basically, shut up already: "You shouldn't be so selfish about it."

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Wow, Ryan Seacrest played high school football. You see that tackle he made in that old film?

OK, he's no John Lynch. And Lynch had a nice nugget during the discussion segment where he joined Tony Gonzalez, Shawne Merriman and Jason Witten. Lynch said during last year's Pro Bowl, Bill Belichick sent someone to spy on the NFC practice.

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Who are those people who keep showing up over Johnson's shoulder and mugging for the camera?

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Maybe Long's writers aren't on strike. Speaking of the lingering Spygate allegations, he said: "By the time we walk out of here today, Oliver Stone will be signed on to film the movie."

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