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Your Super Bowl potpourri for today

Ninkovich

Well, sooner or later Super Bowl Week had to get down to facial hair ....

* Someone asked Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich on Thursday about the beard he's been growing lately, and he said he essentially regards it as a good-luck charm.

"The last loss we had, I said 'I'm not going to shave. If we're winning, I'm not going to shave until we lose again'," Ninkovich said Thursday. "And we haven't lost. This is a win-streak beard. The last time I shaved was when we played the Giants."

* Speaking of beards, Patriots' wideout Wes Welker is growing one, too. Though Ninkovich regards it as a starter-kit beard.

"Welker, I think he just started that a couple weeks ago," Ninkovich said. "This has been going three months now. I've definitely got more time invested in the beard."

* It's pretty obvious the media is running out of things to ask as the pregame feeding frenzy begins to wind down.

Case in point: Someone brought up the whole Patriots' Spygate thing again today, four full years after the fact.

Bill Belichick pretty much gave it the answer it deserved.

"We moved on from everything in the past," he said. "We are focused on this game. That's it."

No word if anyone asked about Lawrence Taylor's struggles with drug addiction in the Giants news conference.

* And in the same vein .... after missing Wednesday's mandatory media session and being hit with a $20,000 fine, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was subjected to 13 questions about missing Wednesday's media session.

Among the questions: How it felt to have to answer 13 questions about missing Wednesday's media session, and whether or not he would have showed up at Wednesday's media session if he had a better contract.

Umenyiora just laughed at that one.

"What are you talking about?" he said. "No, I mean, it had nothing to do with a contract. That is hilarious."

No word if, after that, Umenyiora regretted not skipping Thursday's media session, too.

Ben Smith's blog.

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