The longtime ESPN college basketball color analyst gets a couple of rarities Tuesday night: He will call a game with Hubie Brown, and he will be the junior analyst. The longtime friends will be on a telecast for the first time when ESPN airs No. 2 Duke’s game against Boston College at 4 p.m. Vitale, 79, and Brown, 85, grew up less than 20 miles apart in New Jersey and have known each other more than 50 years. They opposed each other as coaches in high school, college and, later, the NBA. “We’ll get to share some stories,” Vitale said. “We both have different styles but we have an incredible passion for the game.”
The city’s police got in on fans’ disenchantment with the Saints not being in the Super Bowl. The Times-Picayune reports the New Orleans Police Department made a spoof video investigating the “no-call” in the NFC Championship Game that the Saints lost to the Rams. The video featured two detectives interrogating a referee. They use king cake to make him confess that he robbed New Orleans of a chance to play in Sunday’s game. The newspaper’s nearly blank front page also summarized what fans thought of the New England Patriots’ win over the Rams: “Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?”
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