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Off the field, there's a Bears flavor to Super Bowl XLIII

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TAMPA, Fla.--Lovie Smith will be partaking in some of the buildup for Super Bowl XLIII.

According to the Tampa Tribune, Smith will join his close friend Tony Dungy on stage Friday night in a gospel celebration at the University of South Florida.

It is the 10th year the event has been held, and the recently retired Dungy will receive an award.

"We dance, we sing, we praise and we go on for a long time," says event founder Melanie Few. "We're not going to let Snoop Dogg have all the fun. This is the happening party.''

Amen.

*** Bears running back Adrian Peterson has some remarkable company.

He is one of 10 athletes who will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Southern Conference Hall of Fame. The list includes golfer Arnold Palmer, Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff, basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West, North Carolina running back Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice and 1960 National League MVP Dick Groat.

The 1999 Walter Payton Award winner, Peterson holds 16 I-AA records. Ceremonies will be held May 4 in Spartanburg, S.C.

*** Ricky Manning Jr. walked into the Embassy Suites Wednesday afternoon to pick up the two tickets he's permitted to buy to Super Bowl XLIII, a long trip to make from California for seats he's not going to use Sunday. The St. Louis Rams, who Manning signed with after the Bears released him in August, require their players who want tickets to claim them at the Super Bowl site. Manning said his right ankle has healed nicely. He broke it in October and has been rehabbing in Fresno. He will be a free agent Feb. 27.

"Who knows?'' Manning said. "Maybe I'll end up back with the Bears."

That's an unlikely spot for him but the 28-year-old looked to be in good shape and will certainly find a home somewhere.

*** Manning's distant cousin Danieal Manning will be in town Saturday. He's going to appear with Indianapolis running back Dominic Rhodes at something that's being billed as a Tailgate Pawty. Apparently it's some kind of benefit for the Humane Society of Pinellas County. Woof! Woof!

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I hope all the Bears enjoy their time off but they should be practicing!!! They have alot of work to do!

Now that Furrey is gone from the Lions I wonder if the Bears are going to take him.

I spotted some other Bears doing stuff this off season........ Rex, Booker, and Lloyd were packing their bags.........the secondary was soaking in ice because they got burnt so much this past season........Tommie, Urlacher, and Vasher were at the bank laughing their a$$' off while they were cashing this past seasons pay checks( easy money for doing nothing).........Peanut was collecting his money from Berrian for letting him go 99 yards on national T.V.........Hester was returning some Christmas presents because he didn't return anything during the season!!!........to be continued..........

Hadji are you an actual Bears fan? The reason I ask is because you always have such nice things to say about the ViQueens.

Now to business. Many blogs on Leftwich and Simms. If the team is really committed to Orton they need to bring in a back up to compete. I would also like to see Hanie get a shot at the backup role. If not he will remain number 3. I still think they need to draft a QB on the second day, but none of the QB's this year look good. Next years draft will be loaded with QB's in McCoy, Tebow, Bradford to name a few.

Best case scenario is Orton number 1. Hanie number 2 and a rookie QB or vet as the number 3. Here's to seeing if that can happen.

Go BEARS.

Tomk4054......I hate the Viqueens, and I would hate to see Rex go there and be another ex-Bear that comes back and bites us in the a$$!! I actually hate them worse than the Packers!!! They play in a girly dome, they got girly colors (purple), they cheat and take illegal drugs but still get to play, and we have to chase Peterson around all day when we play them!!! I'd rather see Favre in his prime any Sunday then watch A.P. run through our defense again!! I hope like hell Rod teaches us how to tackle again this summer!!! GO BEARS!!!!!!

I would like to see us go with a healthy Orton, and see if he can getrdone this year and then next year if he falters there are as you stated Tomk4054 quite a few QB's to draft. If we fix the lines this year we will be ready for a young QB next year.

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