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Bill Belichick can’t stop talking when it comes to his father

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Bill Belichick can be pretty tight-lipped around the media. When it comes to his dad, he can’t stop talking. The New England Patriots coach was asked about his late father’s influence during a news conference Tuesday at the team hotel. The answer lasted 4 minutes, 37 seconds. “A long answer to a short question,” Belichick said, managing a slight smile. “I’m famous for that.” Steve Belichick was a long-time assistant coach at the Naval Academy, where he was responsible for…

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Tom Brady hopes ill mother can attend Super Bowl

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Tom Brady hopes his mother will be in the stands on Super Bowl Sunday despite dealing with an undisclosed health issue. The New England Patriots quarterback acknowledged on Wednesday that his mother Galynn Brady has been ill. He didn’t provide any details. “It’s personal with my family, and I’m just hoping everyone’s here on Sunday to share in a great experience. But it has been a tough year. Every family goes through different things and you know my family has…

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Officials tell fans how to spot fake Super Bowl tickets

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NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets by checking for the heat-sensitive logos. On the front of each ticket is a full polymer graphic that is raised and the back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo. The final security feature is a graphic on the lower portion of the back of each ticket which is printed with thermochromic ink. The HTX logo…

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Lady Gaga says Super Bowl halftime show is ‘for everyone’

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Lady Gaga said she hopes her Super Bowl halftime show will celebrate “inclusion” and the “spirit of equality” during a time of national division. “This performance is for everyone. I want to, more than anything, create a moment that everyone that’s watching will never forget,” she said in a press conference Thursday in Houston. Gaga wouldn’t reveal what songs she would sing, how many costumes she’ll wear or any staging details, but promised a “tremendously athletic” show and no reappearance…

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Florida families will each spend at least $75 on Super Bowl festivities, retailers say

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The average cost of a Super Bowl party is down slightly in 2017, but the Florida Retail Federation doesn’t think that will stop Floridians from going all out this weekend. Florida families are expected to spend an average of $75 per person to watch Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots on Feb. 5. While the average per person cost is down slightly from last year, total spending across the country is expected to reach…

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‘Hamilton’ cast to sing at Super Bowl 51

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Original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” will sing “America the Beautiful” during pregame festivities at Super Bowl 51, the NFL and Fox announced Friday. The performance by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, who starred as the Schuyler Sisters, will be televised live by Fox prior to kickoff Feb. 5 when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots. Beginning with Vicki Carr in 1977, “America the Beautiful” has been…

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Political football: For some, Super Bowl reflects U.S. divide

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Not even the grandest of American sports spectacles is immune to the nation’s deep political divisions. Patriots fans have spent nearly two full seasons being reminded of the close friendship between President Donald Trump and their team’s three top figures — owner Robert Kraft, star quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. As the Super Bowl approaches, that has put the typically united Patriots Nation at odds over how hard to celebrate a team chasing its fifth Super Bowl win…

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