By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor
NEW ORLEANS – On a special, two-hour edition of “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” from Radio Row of Super Bowl XLVII we set the figurative table for the big game.
We get great insights from Gil Brandt, former director of player-personnel for the Dallas Cowboys and one of the legendary figures in the NFL. He offers some interesting nuggets about the Harbaughs, John and Jim, the respective coaches of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
One of the best is this: Before entering the NFL, they faced each other only once in a team sport, a youth baseball game. Until then, they had always been on the same team.
Jeff Duncan, from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, discusses what it means for this city to host its 10th Super Bowl and first since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
As Duncan points out, the NFL did an enormous favor by staging the event in a place that desperately needs the infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars to its economy that the Super Bowl brings.
Duncan also discusses the animosity the town feels toward NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the aftermath of the punishment he administered after the Saints’ involvement in “Bounty Gate” scandal. Duncan points out that last week’s reinstatement of Saints coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season, was helpful with tempering at least some of those hard feelings.
We get additional insights on the Super Bowl from Gary Mihoces, veteran NFL writer for USA Today, and our own Matt Florjancic, staff writer for ClevelandBrowns.com.
Stick with us throughout the week, because you will be hearing from a wide variety of football greats as well as people from the world of entertainment.
We’ll also keep you updated the latest team news. On Tuesday, new defensive coordinator Ray Horton will be on the line with us from Berea, Ohio, after he is formally introduced to the media covering the Browns.
>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford” on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com.
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