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Super Bowl XLV Notebook: Pouncey Still Hopes To Play

I know you are interested in the Super Bowl, even if you don't want to admit it. Here are a few links to some stories of interest as Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers approaches. news: Steelers' Pouncey sheds boot, says he must practice by Friday
"If I'm not on the field Friday, most likely I'm not playing," Pouncey said, adding that it's his thought, not something he has been told by the Steelers' coaching staff. "I'm not going to put the team in a bad position." news: Steelers' Harrison suggests NFL not serious about player safety
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison isn't letting up in his criticism of the NFL in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.

One day after sarcastically suggesting that a pillow could be used to soften blows he delivers to opponents, Harrison called the NFL's talk about wanting to protect players "just a show."

Harrison said before Wednesday's practice in Fort Worth, Texas, that the owners' push for an 18-game regular season and the possibility of a lockout prove the NFL is more interested in maximizing revenue than the health of its players.

"It's not about player safety," Harrison said. "It's about money."

The league and the players' union face an early March deadline for trying to negotiate a new labor agreement.

Does anyone think Harrison is wrong here? I sure don't. This is all about money, not about the fans or player safety or anything else. Cold, hard cash. That's it.

Roger Goodell says he felt "deceived" by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the wake of the Spygate scandal - ESPN Boston
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he felt "deceived" by Bill Belichick in the wake of the Spygate scandal in 2007, telling Sports Illustrated recently that the New England Patriots coach did not fulfill his obligation to "tell his side of the story" after the league handed down its punishment for illegally videotaping opponents.

"I was given assurances that [Belichick] would tell his side of the story," Goodell told Sports Illustrated. "He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived."

Ice storm affects power at some Super Bowl facilities - Super Bowl XLV -
FORT WORTH, Texas - A frigid Super Bowl week in Texas is now turning a little dark, although not at the site of the big game.

One of the state's largest utility providers said rolling statewide electrical outages that started Wednesday in response to high demand from a rare ice storm will not affect Cowboys Stadium in suburban Arlington. But Oncor spokeswoman Jeamy Molina said other Super Bowl facilities, such as team hotels, were not exempt.

Oncor, which serves 7 million customers in Texas, said the planned outages would happen in 15-minute intervals. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said some hotels have experienced "brief but expected" blackouts without any problems. A hotel spokesman said both team hotels are equipped with backup generators that would make any outage brief.

-- Check out Behind the Steel Curtain (Steelers) and Acme Packing Company (Packers) for the perspective from SB Nation's team sites.