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Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008
Coverage of Super Bowl XLII Previewing the MTSU mensbasketball game at Sun Beltfoe Arkansas State
Toots 22nd Annual Super
Bowl Bash benefiting the
United Way of Rutherford &
Cannon Counties is today.
Kelly Holcomb and CoryFleming will be on hand to
sign autographs for a dona-
tion to UW. Holcomb will be
at the Murfreesboro store,
and Fleming at the Smyrna
store. Doors open at 11 a.m.H
For the big picture,
check out the
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2Class of 2008 Hall of Fame
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3Adam Sparks files his weekly
Blue Raider Notebook
5Predators play Western Con-
ference foe Phoenix
It took IVs, a barbecuesandwich and loads of deter-mination for Kevin Kanaskieto make an improbable MTSUbasketball road trip last week.
Stricken with the flu,Kanaskie didnt travel with theteam on Wednesday for theBlue Raiders game atLouisiana-Lafayette on Thurs-day night. But when he awokeThursday morning, the juniorguard felt a bit better and toldMTSU coaches and trainerDrew Shea he wanted to makea breakneck trek to Lafayettein hopes of helping his team
win a key conference game.Kanaskie took some IVs to
replenish fluids, then boardeda small university plane. Butinclement weather, includingtornados sighted in the flightpath, grounded the small four-seat plane.
No way would I let himget on that, MTSU coachKermit Davis said. He reallywouldve gotten sick then.
After several phone callsbefore MTSUs 11 a.m.shootaround on gameday inLafayette, coaches secured a
spot on an 11:40 commercialflight from Nashville to Ba-ton Rouge, La., with a con-necting flight in Memphis.
Kanaskie barely made itbefore take-off, slumpedthrough a short flight west-ward and then snacked on abarbecue sandwich in theMemphis airport.
When he said he had apork barbecue sandwich inMemphis, I knew he felt a lit-tle better, Davis said. Butwe never knew if he was go-ing to make it.
More obstaclesKanaskies flight from
Memphis circled the BatonRouge airport for more thanan hour while inclementweather raged beneath the
clouds. It was scheduled toland at 4 p.m., but finallytouched down around 5 o-clock when the weather broke.
Kanaskie, weakened by ill-ness and jet lag, hopped into acar with MTSU graduate as-sistant Brian Burg behind thewheel. They sped towardLafayette only to get stuck inthe same gridlock traffic thatnearly kept the game officialsfrom arriving before tipoff.
Kanaskie got to the Cajun-dome about 45 minutes beforetipoff, just in time to draw arespectful smile from histeammates, who were unawareof his attempt to make the
game.Inspired by Kanaskie, alimited MTSU roster (from in-juries, suspension) beatLouisiana-Lafayette 57-51.
All told, Kanaskies triptook about 10 hours. Heplayed 22 minutes, didntscore a point and committedfour turnovers. But withoutKanaskies minutes, MTSUsbackcourt may have been toothin to finish the game.
He gutted it up, Davissaid. We couldnt have wonwithout his 22 minutes.Theres no way. Our playerslooked at him and said, Heck,if this guy is that sick and hegets here to help us, were go-
ing to play our tails off andwin this game.
Oakland boys bounce
back, defeat La VergneBy ROGER [email protected]
LA VERGNE Oaklandfound its groove in a hurry.
The Patriots, just 24 hours
after a 27-point loss to WhiteCounty, played once againlike the ninth-ranked team in
the state, upending District 9-AAA champ La Vergne 53-38Saturday night with the pa-
tient offense and sound de-fense coach Randy King haspreached all season long.
We played with a lot ofenergy, which I was glad to
see after (Friday) night, Kingsaid.
His Patriots led 20-13 athalftime and really turned iton after intermission, making15 of their 20 field goal at-tempts. They also held LaVergne to zero third-quarterfield goals, which promptedWolverines coach JeremyMoore to sit his starters for
the remainder of the game.
Having a mature team
thats been through the wars, I
didnt really see this coming,
Moore said. I didnt think we
competed. They were tougher
Junior Tyler Edwardsscored 18 points to lead the
Patriots (19-4), who knewthey had to respond after the
White County loss.
We werent ourselves
(Friday) night, senior point
guard DeAndre Maupins said.
We had to prove a lot today,
and we stepped it up.
The Patriots shot 62 per-
anxious toink withRaidersBy ADAM SPARKS
MTSU footballs two latestadditions may be defined asmuch by their original collegechoice as their current one.
Florida high school widereceiver Amos Wood recent-ly changed his commitmentfrom defending Sun Beltchampion Florida Atlantic to
MTSU. Fellow Florida highschool safety DerrickCrumpton was bound for OleMiss until Rebels head coachEd Orgeron was fired and hisscholarship offer rescinded.
Now both are anxious tobecome Blue Raiders on Na-tional Signing Day onWednesday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL MTSU FOOTBALL
History or bust
By BARRY WILNERAP Football Writer
GLENDALE, Ariz. This one is for history.No longer can the New England Patriots ignore it. Beat the New YorkGiants today and it means more than winning a fourth Super Bowl in
seven years. More than reaffirming their dynasty in a sport designed toeven the playing field.
It means staking an undeniable claim to that most elusive of titles:greatest ever.
I think its the biggest game of all of our lives my life, the en-tire team, our coaches, said Tom Brady, the NFLsMost Valuable Player and the Patriots poster boy for
perfection. Were going to be remembering thisgame for as long as we live, win or lose. Were going tohave great memories of this experience, or were going
to look at it truly as a missed opportunity. Theresnot too many teams in the history of the NFL
none, in fact that have been 18-0 goinginto this game.
The pursuit of an unbeaten sea-son, surpassing the 17-0 by the1972 Miami Dolphins that stands alone atop the profootball pantheon of unblemished excellence, hasturned this Super Bowl into even more of a must-see or must-attend event. Resale tickets for thefirst title game in Arizona since 1996 are going forthousands of dollars above face value. TV ratingsare expected to challenge the highest for any game.
All those elements make this game quite an at-traction as if a matchup between two teams that
played a 38-35 season finale isnt enticingenough.
Throw in all the passing records set byBrady, receiving marks established by RandyMoss, the prospect of another shootout with
a fearless opponent that has won 10 straightroad games, and its enough to make even thecasual fan salivate.
I Go to dnj.com
to see expand-
ed Super Bowlcoverage, in-
from five DNJ
More Super Bowl Coverage InsideI A look at the key matchups for todays game. C6I 72 Dolphins know perfection could be theirs to share tonight. C6I Super Bowl pop culture quiz. C6
I Rosters for the Patriots and Giants. C7
I The road to the Super Bowl for the Patriots and Giants. C7
I Team statistics for the Patriots, Giants. C7I A look at University of Phoenix Stadium, site of tonights game. C7
Glendale, Ariz. New England vs. N.Y. Giants Today 5:17 p.m. FOX (Ch. 6)
Eli Manningand TomBrady
ADAM SPARKSStaff Columnist
Adam Sparks is the MTSU beat writerfor the The Daily News Journal. E-mail him at [email protected] editor: Corby A. Yarbrough
Patriots go for perfect 19-0 season in todays
Super Bowl; Giants ready to be the spoilers
Ten for 22
meant a lot to
See DUO, page C3
On page C8I Roger Garfield files his weekly Prep
Notebook.I The MTCS girls play in the James
C. Haile Tournament. Also go to
dnj.com to see a photo gallery from
the Lady Cougars game.
DNJ photo by Aaron Thompson
Oaklands DJuan Epps goes up for a basket in frontof La Vergnes Justin Bather at La Vergne HighSchool Saturday night.See OAKLAND, page C5