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Notebook: Law in unfamiliar territory

| Friday, Feb. 4, 2005

Ty Law is at the Super Bowl for the fourth time with the New England Patriots, although it never was like this. While his teammates practiced in a light rain, the Pro Bowl cornerback was driving around the media center in a motorized cart. Law broke his left foot when he slipped on Heinz Field during an Oct. 31 game at Pittsburgh. He missed the final nine games of the season, and was placed on injured reserve before the playoffs began.

"I'm still part of the team," Law said.

But maybe not for long. Law, a first-round pick out of Michigan in 1995, might have played his last game for New England because he will cost $12.5 million against the salary cap next year, a figure the cap-conscious team has never paid.

  • New England quarterback Tom Brady is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and used to getting star treatment. But he knew he really arrived when Michael Jordan called him by his initials. "I met Michael Jordan for the first time. He was like, 'How's it going TB?"' Brady said Thursday. "That was the coolest thing I ever heard. A lot of people call me 'TB.' But never like that."

  • No one will notice Mike Bartrum unless he messes up. Such is life as the long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles. But get him on a basketball court, or near a fast-foot restaurant, and he's a star attraction. "Up in Philadelphia, they had all of these tricks for me to do," Bartrum said. Among them was snapping a football into the hoop from halfcourt.

  • Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Montana are among nine NFL players to sing the Broadway tune "Tomorrow" for a Super Bowl commercial. Should Big Ben keep his day job• Stay tuned, because the Steelers rookie quarterback wasn't about to give an encore performance yesterday. "I did that the other day with Montana, and I'm not doing it again," Roethlisberger said. "That was the first time, and the last time, I'm singing."

  • The Super Bowl will be broadcast in China for the first time. A five-member crew from Shanghai Media Group is coming to Jacksonville to broadcast the game to the world's most populous country, concluding the first season of a five-year deal that provides SMG with the rights to televise NFL programs on its family of channels. Dragon TV will carry Super Bowl XXXIX.

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