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Richard Sherman is ready to take on Tom Brady again in the Super Bowl. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman is ready to take on Tom Brady again in the Super Bowl. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Earlier in the week, Vince Wilfork said he would always choose family and faith over football.

Turns out, Richard Sherman might have exactly that decision to make hours before Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

The Seahawks star cornerback is set to become a father any day now and there’€™s a possibility that the baby could come before the end of the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Sherman has been asked this week what he would do if his son arrived in the hours before or during the Super Bowl.

Sherman thinks his boy will be a “disciplined young man,” waiting until after Sunday’s game. Sherman still would not commit on whether he’€™d miss the game.

During Friday’s joint news conference with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the team is behind Sherman, no matter the decision he makes.

“It’€™s about family first and we will support his decision,” Carroll said.

Of course, Carroll couldn’t help adding a little humor. “Can’€™t wait to see little Petey.”

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Mike Petraglia

WEEI.com Patriots writer Chris Price previews Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks. Find out the keys to the game as well as Chris’ prediction.

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Indianapolis-based columnist and breaker of the Deflategate story Bob Kravitz stopped by the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday to talk about the scandal and the Super Bowl.

It seems unlikely that there will be any proof that Bill Belichick broke any rules in Deflategate.</p>
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Bob Kravitz

Bob Kravitz

Indianapolis-based columnist and breaker of the Deflategate story Bob Kravitz stopped by the Dennis & Callahan show on Friday to talk about the scandal and the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

From what information he’s seen recently regarding Deflategate, Kravitz said it looks as if the Patriots might get out of this situation relatively unscathed, but he isn’t sure if it’s a result of their innocence or the league’s incompetence.

“I don’t know if that’s going to be the result of them either being completely exonerated and clean in this, which is a possibility, or if that’s the result of the NFL being completely incompetent, and the reason I say that is the Ray Rice fiasco. They showed during the Ray Rice fiasco that they can screw up a one-car funeral procession, you know what I mean?” he said.

“So it’s one of those two things but it’s going to be, and I said this from the beginning, it’s going to be tough to find that smoking gun,” Kravitz added. “I have a feeling that nothing is going to come of this, but I could be wrong. The burden of proof for the National Football League is quite a bit lower than it is, say, in a court of law.”

Kravitz said that Deflategate shouldn’t loom over the Patriots as a form of their legacy being compromised in the same way Spygate affected perceptions of the team.

“I don’t think this messes up their legacy,” he said. “I think Spygate is always going to be there and the fact that — and I don’t believe that there’s causation here — but the fact that they haven’t won a Super Bowl since Spygate hangs over them just a little bit, at least in the view of people outside of New England. I think if this ends up being nothing, I think it gets recalled in a “30-for-30″ 10, 20 years from now as a lot of hot air.”

In terms of the game itself, Kravitz told D&C that in his experience, “When you have a dominant defense vs. a very good to dominant offense, the dominant defense wins.” Kravitz mentioned that the Seahawks defense has been very strong as of late and, because of that, he said Seattle is going to win what will be a very close and “strangely low-scoring game.”

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Judy Cohen

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to talk briefly about footballs, the Super Bowl and what Sunday will bring.

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday morning to talk briefly about footballs, the Super Bowl and what Sunday will bring. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

As a former NFL quarterback, Esiason weighed in on Deflategate, noting that people have been “manipulating the ball for as long as I can remember.”

“It goes all the way back to when I was playing,” he said. “They started playing with brand new balls out of the box, we were all angry about that. Then it was that the home team had to furnish the footballs, we were angry about that. Then it was Tom [Brady] and Peyton [Manning] who went to Roger Goodell back in 2006 and said, ‘Hey, we want to bring our own footballs.’ And I’ve been saying over the last five or six years, I don’t care if they’re underinflated, overinflated, the fact is when you look at those footballs, they all look like they’re 100 years old. They don’t look anything like the balls that we played with. So I think everybody has gained an advantage at the quarterback position.”

Esiason then mentioned that it sounded to him like “the officials didn’t really do their due diligence” in terms of checking the balls carefully.

Aside from the unrelenting talk of deflated footballs, the story this game is that both the Patriots and the Seahawks match up to an astonishing degree. For Esiason, it’s the strength of both secondaries that interests him most.

“I can’t remember the last time both defenses, in terms of the secondaries, had a decided advantage against the wide receivers,” he said, adding: “I think this is going to be a struggle for both of these offenses, and even Tom Brady said it last week, with Seattle, nothing’s easy, and the same thing can be said for the New England Patriots.

“The interesting thing here for me is whether or not Seattle can generate any sort of big play in their passing game. They were able to do that towards the end of the game against Green Bay and certainly did it in overtime. They did it against Carolina, but those secondaries aren’t nearly as good as the New England secondary.”

Esiason, who predicts a 23-20 Patriots victory, stressed that these are “the two best rosters in football” and that the game most likely will be down to the wire.

“This is why you went out and got Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis,” he said. “This is when you take a look at what Russell Wilson has been able to do in his young career. I believe this is going to be a great game. I think it’s going to go all the way down to the fourth quarter. I think it’s a field goal game, and I think the quarterback who has the ball last is going to have a chance to win the football game.”

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Judy Cohen


PHOENIX — Even Katy Perry couldn’t resist making fun of the ridiculous hype.

We’re not talking about the Super Bowl but rather Deflategate.

Wearing a two-piece combo with a football design covering her chest, Perry made a joke before promoting her halftime performance on Sunday.

“I don’t think I’m so much of an expert on the game of football, but I can assure everyone in here, nothing in my performance will be deflated,” the pop superstar said during Thursday’s press conference.

As for hyping her own act, the 30-year-old Perry promised sharks and lions would be on stage as part of her highly-anticipated performance.

Perry also promised a secret surprise guest.

“It will be a real female-fun night. Jaws will drop, faces will melt,” Perry said.

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Mike Petraglia

Aaron Hernandez‘s trial began Thursday, with his defense attorney claiming that the former Patriots star is an innocent man “targeted” because of his fame. Meanwhile, the prosecution presented evidence that showed both Hernandez and Odin Lloyd’s DNA on a marijuana cigarette.

Hernandez is charged in the death of Lloyd, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds in 2013 and was found in an industrial park close to where Hernandez resided in North Attleboro. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

The District Attorney, Patrick Bomberg, played security video for the jury that first showed Lloyd getting into a rental car that Hernandez was driving and then later footage at Hernandez’s home without Lloyd in the car.

Hernandez’s DNA was found on the shell casing from a bullet that had been under the driver’s seat of the car. According to Bomberg, that type of bullet had been fired from the same weapon as the one at the scene of the crime.

In addition, an image from Hernandez’s surveillance system was presented showing the former tight end standing outside his basement with a gun in his hand.

The defense attorney, Michael Fee, said that Hernandez “was planning a future, not a murder” and that authorities couldn’t come up with a motive for the shooting.

“Aaron never had a chance,” Fee said. “They locked on Aaron and they targeted him.”

If convicted, Hernandez could face life in prison. He also will be put on trial for a separate shooting incident that took place in Boston in 2012 and ended with the death of two men.

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Judy Cohen