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NFL Notebook: Super Bowl Hype Begins Now Edition

The Super Bowl countdown is officially on, as there are just six days until the Packers and Steelers square off in the NFL championship game on Sunday. The Pro Bowl turned out to be another laughing matter, as the NFC jumped out to a 42-0 lead in the first half, and cruised to a 55-41 victory. (Was Perry Fewell running the defense for the NFC? Sorry, couldn't resist......). Here are some Giants and NFL tidbits from around the Web this morning...

Giants' Justin Tuck and Antrel Rolle get their words on the same page |
Last week, while the rest of us were digging out our cars — again — Justin Tuck was trying to make plans to go fishing with Antrel Rolle in Hawaii. "He might be fishing for something," Rolle said with a laugh. "But I’m not going fishing." Tuck’s vision to have a lengthy chat with Rolle didn’t play out on the blue waters of the Pacific, but rather on the green grass of the Pro Bowl practice fields. The Giants’ defensive captain made good on his plan to talk to the outspoken safety during the NFC squad’s workouts about Rolle’s recent criticism of coach Tom Coughlin’s stern ways.

All kidding aside, maybe it was a good thing both of these players were in the Pro Bowl together so that Tuck, the real leader of the Giants' D, could confront Rolle about the running of his mouth, again.

Rich Cimini of ESPN gives folks in the New York area reason to cheer certain players in the big game Sunday, even if it features the two teams who knocked the Giants and Jets out, respectively.

Do you guys think Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News is getting tired of answering questions about Plaxico Burress' possible return to the Giants?

Mike D's early-round projections |
If a new collective bargaining agreement is signed, I expect the Saints to make a free-agent play for New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield. The 26-year old interior defensive lineman was almost traded to the Saints during the 2010 draft.

Boooo. Are we allowed to boo, Antrel?

And here is an interesting take on the 1991 Super Bowl between the Bills and Giants from a writer in Oneonta, New York.

Packers watch video on how to not tackle Big Ben - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
Linebacker Desmond Bishop(notes) says the Packers began preparing for Ben Roethlisberger(notes) by watching video of how not to bring down the Steelers’ big quarterback. The lowlight package put together by Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers featured other teams, but it also could have included the Packers as they work toward their matchup with Roethlisberger and Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.