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Patriots 24 - Eagles 21

February 07, 2005|By Andy Knobel | Andy Knobel,SUN STAFF

Ye olde original trash-talker?

It was the second U.S. president, Bostonian John Adams. The Boston Globe uncovered a Massachusetts Historical Society document in which Adams, comparing Boston to Philadelphia, wrote:

"The morals of our people are much better, and their manners are more polite and agreeable. Our language is better, and our persons are handsomer."

That's an abridged version, translated to modern English - with foul language apparently edited out.

Can't you just see ol' John kicking back at Fenway Park with a Sam Adams in his hand?

Wrote Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, "There is no historical indication - but a strong suspicion - that, after dissing Philly, Adams turned and feigned pulling down his knickers, mooning Ben Franklin.

And in modern times ...

Living former presidents understand geopolitics, too.

George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton appeared on the Fox pre-game show yesterday to publicize tsunami relief efforts - but only one could be pinned down to a game prediction.

Bush, whose Maine vacation home is in Patriots territory, predicted the New England Patriots would win by two touchdowns.

Clinton said, "It's hard for me because both of these towns voted for me twice."

Courting the sing vote

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell lost a bet on the game with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and will have to sing the national anthem April 3 at FleetCenter.

Paul McCartney ...

Paul McCartney gave the NFL just what it asked for during the halftime celebration - a clean, wholesome show 180 degrees from last year's staged "wardrobe malfunction" that exposed Janet Jackson's naked breast.

The former Beatle performed "Drive My Car," "Get Back," "Live and Let Die" and "Hey Jude."

... and wings

How many chicken wings did you eat last night?

If it was more than 162, you could have beaten Bill Simmons, the 312-pound truck driver from New Jersey who on Friday won the Wing Bowl, an annual pre-Super Bowl event that began years ago in Philadelphia as a way for Eagles fans to celebrate another season without a Super Bowl.

Simmons, a four-time winner known as "El Wingador," edged defending champion Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, a Virginian weighing just 99 pounds. The two were even at the end of regular competition among the 29 finalists and faced each other in a final two-minute "wing-off," which Simmons won by a single wing.

This was no small-time event: Attendance at Wachovia Center at 5:30 a.m. was 21,000.

Simmons, 43, who said he trained by eating Tootsie Rolls, won't be defending his title next year.

"Hell, no," he said. "This is it."

Sweetest hangover

What's it like to be the winning coach of the Super Bowl? Brian Billick recalled on the Fox Sports radio morning show what it was like for him four years ago when the Ravens defeated the New York Giants, 34-7.

He said he had a phenomenal time attending an all-night party.

"And, in the infinite wisdom of the NFL, the winning head coach has an 8 a.m. news conference the next day," Billick said.

Isn't that XLovely?

If you're confused by why the NFL attaches Roman numerals to its Super Bowls, you're in good company. Not even New England linebacker Roman Phifer - Roman in name only - knows the answer.

"I have no idea," said Phifer, whose jersey No. 95 translates as XCV. "It looks cooler, though. It looks cooler than writing `39.' It gives it that Roman, gladiator effect."

Next year's Super Bowl will be XL.

Which gives it that Andy Reid oversized-shirt effect.

Turn the page

Jacksonville's 15 minutes of fame are over. Now, Detroit's on the clock.

To promote the game in a cold-weather site, city officials have been giving out scarves.

"I'm sure Detroit will do well," said ESPN analyst Chris Berman. "The weather's the weather. Forget it. We know what it is. I live in New England. We own sweaters. It's OK."

He has only one suggestion.

"If they play Bob Seger music all the time, that would be helpful," he said. "At least for me."

Wire reports contributed to this article.

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