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NOTEBOOK Super Bowl XXXIX



Published: Wed, February 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Now, Mitchell feels disrespected: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell fired another verbal shot Tuesday. This one, though, was at his own organization. Mitchell said he was no longer speaking to Derek Boyko, the team's director of media services. "I'm not even talking to Derek Boyko anymore because they didn't even have a podium for me," Mitchell said at the Super Bowl's official media day. Boyko downplayed the comments, saying Mitchell was probably joking. But Mitchell, who loves the spotlight, appeared serious. Eleven players, including just-signed backup tight end Jeff Thomason, addressed reporters from a podium, while other players were assigned a specific location in the stands. Mitchell may have been bumped from his spot because he dissed New England's secondary last week. Known more for his big mouth than making big plays, the Eagles' other loquacious receiver -- the one without the All-Pro pedigree and ankle injury -- said he didn't know the names of most of the defensive backs. He also took a dig at Pats safety Rodney Harrison. "I think they've been hiding me from the media," said Mitchell, who caught 22 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns this season. Later, Mitchell said only quarterback Donovan McNabb deserved his own podium. Thomason, who played in two Super Bowls with Green Bay in the 1990s, was surprised he was set up in a prime location. "My last two media days when I was with the Packers, I was over in the corner trying to get someone to talk to me," he recalled. Pro Bowl reservations: Troy Aikman wants to do away with the Pro Bowl. He says most players feel the same way. Aikman, who once was fined by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue for leaving the game after the third quarter, thinks the season should end with the Super Bowl. He will announce Sunday's game for Fox TV. "Paul Tagliabue won't want to hear this," Aikman said Tuesday, "but nobody wants to play in the Pro Bowl. Everybody wants to be voted and go to Hawaii and be there. Nobody wants to play. I don't watch it. I don't know who watches it." Aikman suggests holding a skills competition in lieu of the game, believing it will be more compelling for any fans at home who want to watch. He said it's especially a difficult game to play in if you've just finished playing in the Super Bowl. "Going to play another game is the last thing you want to do after a long season and the Super Bowl," he said. "And guys have been hurt over there. It's a dangerous game to me. I don't know why they play it."

Now, Mitchell feels disrespected: Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell fired another verbal shot Tuesday. This one, though, was at his own organization. Mitchell said he was no longer speaking to Derek Boyko, the team's director of media services. "I'm not even talking to Derek Boyko anymore because they didn't even have a podium for me," Mitchell said at the Super Bowl's official media day. Boyko downplayed the comments, saying Mitchell was probably joking. But Mitchell, who loves the spotlight, appeared serious. Eleven players, including just-signed backup tight end Jeff Thomason, addressed reporters from a podium, while other players were assigned a specific location in the stands. Mitchell may have been bumped from his spot because he dissed New England's secondary last week. Known more for his big mouth than making big plays, the Eagles' other loquacious receiver -- the one without the All-Pro pedigree and ankle injury -- said he didn't know the names of most of the defensive backs. He also took a dig at Pats safety Rodney Harrison. "I think they've been hiding me from the media," said Mitchell, who caught 22 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns this season. Later, Mitchell said only quarterback Donovan McNabb deserved his own podium. Thomason, who played in two Super Bowls with Green Bay in the 1990s, was surprised he was set up in a prime location. "My last two media days when I was with the Packers, I was over in the corner trying to get someone to talk to me," he recalled. Pro Bowl reservations: Troy Aikman wants to do away with the Pro Bowl. He says most players feel the same way. Aikman, who once was fined by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue for leaving the game after the third quarter, thinks the season should end with the Super Bowl. He will announce Sunday's game for Fox TV. "Paul Tagliabue won't want to hear this," Aikman said Tuesday, "but nobody wants to play in the Pro Bowl. Everybody wants to be voted and go to Hawaii and be there. Nobody wants to play. I don't watch it. I don't know who watches it." Aikman suggests holding a skills competition in lieu of the game, believing it will be more compelling for any fans at home who want to watch. He said it's especially a difficult game to play in if you've just finished playing in the Super Bowl. "Going to play another game is the last thing you want to do after a long season and the Super Bowl," he said. "And guys have been hurt over there. It's a dangerous game to me. I don't know why they play it."




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