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02/06/2012 - 8:32am
Mashup: UMass riots after Super Bowl

To no one's surprise, there was a riot on the UMass campus following Sunday night's Super Bowl. Despite a request earlier in the week from Giants receiver and UMass alumnus Victor Cruz for students to "watch the game, be safe, enjoy the parties, and don't hurt anybody or anything," thousands of students assembled in the Southwest Plaza and the situation quickly turned ugly, following a pattern of behavior seen after major sporting events involving area teams.

According to MassLive.com, students smashed bottles, set off fireworks and fought with each other. A school spokesman said 13 students and one non-student were arrested and charged with either failure to disperse or disorderly conduct, although no injuries or damage were reported.

Read more about that story and others -- including a recap of singer M.I.A.'s obscene gesture during the Super Bowl halftime show -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at...

02/06/2012 - 1:51am
Brandon Jacobs: 'We decapitated them'

INDIANAPOLIS -- Following the Giants' 21-17 win in Super Bowl XLVI, running back Brandon Jacobs made it clear he thought the Patriots' reign has come to an end.

"We decapitated them," he said. "They can't wear that crown no more."

The Giants running back rushed for 37 yards on nine attempts, but it was teammate Ahmad Bradshaw who ran in for the game-winning touchdown. When that happened, Jacobs was confident his team sealed a Super Bowl victory.

"They're not a big-play team," Jacobs said. "I don't think their offense is like Green Bay's. I think Green Bay's offense and wideouts are definitely better."

The two-time Super Bowl champ went on to say he wasn't worried that the Giants offense left too much time on the clock for Tom Brady to drive down the field.

"They've got more big-play players on Green Bay's team, so really, we weren't really worried."

The 6-foot-4...

02/06/2012 - 1:29am
Manningham: 'Eli in his own category'

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's a catch that will go down in Giants lore alongside the Super Bowl XLII reception by David Tyree. Mario Manningham hauled in a 38-yard pass while tiptoeing on the left sideline to begin the game-winning drive of Super Bowl XLVI. 

Manningham caught the ball and managed to get both feet down before being pushed out of bounds by Patrick Chung at midfield. 

"When [officials] were on the sideline [indicating good catch], I finally realized we might win this," Manningham said. 

"He had both feet down," Chung said. "Good throw, good catch." 

The man who made the throw -- Super Bowl XLVI MVP Eli Manning -- again won the respect of his teammates like Manningham for coming through in the clutch.

"He's a playmaker," Manningham said of Manning. "That's what he does. I'm putting Eli in his own category. A lot of quarterbacks don't talk, but you really never...

02/05/2012 - 11:48pm
Gronkowski: 'I was in no pain at all'

After the Patriots' 21-17 loss in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night, New England tight end Rob Gronkowski talked about his injured left ankle, saying that the high ankle sprain wasn't a factor.

"I was out there with the team. I was 100 percent," he said. "I was going full-go out there and doing everything I could."

Gronkowski appeared to be somewhat limited, catching just two balls for 26 yards while wearing what appeared to be significant support around the ankle. Still, he insisted after the loss that the ailment wasn't a factor.

"I was in no pain," Gronkowski said. "I was good to go today."

Gronkowski also touched on the final play of the game, in which he just missed catching Tom Brady's Hail Mary pass in the end zone as time ran out. The ball deflected off Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and fell to the ground before Gronkowski could get his hands under it.

"It was a jump-ball...

02/05/2012 - 11:15pm
Eli Manning named Super Bowl MVP

Giants quarterback Eli Manning was named the MVP of Super Bowl XLVI Sunday night after leading his team to 21-17 win over the Patriots. It is Manning's second Super Bowl MVP. For winning the award he received a Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

The New York QB went 30-for-40 for 296 yards and a touchdown. Manning highlighted his performance by marching the Giants down the field for a nine-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that was finished off by an Ahmad Bradshaw 6-yard TD run with 57 seconds remaining in the game.

Manning's counterpart, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, went 27-for-41, passing for two touchdowns along with 276 yards with an interception.

For more Super Bowl coverage from Indianapolis, see the team page at weei.com/patriots.


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