Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. A Steelers fan since birth (his father grew up in the Pittsburgh area) Schilling predicts a 31-21 victory over the Packers on Sunday.

 

Asked if he has any hesitation cheering for an individual with a shaky past in Ben Roethlisberger, Schilling said he no longer wears the quarterback's jersey but still roots for the team.

 

With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes — Green Bay's McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh's Tomlin — The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills — Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher — have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis.

 

Steelers linebacker James Harrison made clear his feelings about being heavily fined for hits to the head this season. At a cold Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, he said sarcastically: "I don't want to hurt nobody, I don't want to step on nobody's foot and hurt their toe, I don't want to have no dirt or none of this rubber on the field fly into their eye and make their eye hurt, I just want to tackle them softly on the ground and, if y'all can, lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them so they don't hit the ground too hard, Mr. [Roger] Goodell."

 

According to a poll commissioned by The Hollywood Reporter, Sunday's Super Bowl is headed for record ratings, and while Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the most disliked player in the game, Tom Brady surprisingly ranks higher on the list of most disliked NFL players.

 

Martin Luther King III, the 53-yard old son of the late civil rights leader, is part of a group trying to buy the Mets from the Wilpon family, which is being forced to sell at least a portion of its shares due to the Bernie Madoff debacle. TV executive Larry Meli noted that no MLB team has African-American ownership. "It's fitting with the legacy of Jackie Robinson essentially transferring to the Mets; what better place to have African-American ownership than with the Mets?" Meli told the New York Post. "The time and place are right for it."

 

A Maple Leafs fan avoided a fine for his waffle-throwing incident at a game in December despite his refusal to plead out and insistence that the team deserved the protest for its lack of success for many years. Joe Robb was charged with mischief after tossing the breakfast food on the ice during the Leafs' Dec. 20 game vs. the Thrashers in Toronto, mimicking another fan who lodged a similar protest earlier that month. On Thursday, Robb refused to refused to plead guilty, but charges were dropped in exchange for five hours of community service.

Religion played a key role in two top stories from Wednesday. In one, a Jewish hockey player sued the NHL's Ducks for religious discrimination because he said the team failed to prevent harassment by coaches of the minor league team he was assigned to in 2008-09. Jason Bailey claims he was the target of anti-Semitic comments by Bakersfield Condors head coach Marty Raymond and assistant Mark Pederson. After Bailey complained during the season, the coaches were suspended and wrote letters of apology to Bailey.

 

UConn booster Robert Burton is coming under fire after the publication of his six-page letter to athletic director Jeff Hathaway detailed Burton's displeasure with the hiring of new football coach Paul Pasqualoni. Burton said he want a portion of the $7 million he has donated to UConn returned because his advice was not heeded (he wanted to hire Steve Addazio). Burton, who sent a copy of the letter to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy, also threatened to pull business from the state.

 

This past weekend in his Sunday Globe column, Dan Shaughnessy suggested all Patriots fans should join him in rooting for the Jets to win the Super Bowl.



Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, last heard around these parts blasting Tom Brady in the press and then helping his team knock off the Patriots in the playoffs, has a new target. While cleaning out his locker Monday following the loss to the Steelers a day earlier, the free agent expressed anger over the looming lockout.