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Yes, Bruce Springsteen actually did a press conference today. As Backstreets wrote:

“This is gonna be the shortest press conference you ever did– because I don’t know anything about it!” He went on to say, “I’ll date myself — when I hear ‘Steelers,’ I think Terry Bradshaw.”

He does share the mic [with the rest of the E Street Band], though — a fun, fairly laid-back 20 minutes of questions, with the band all chiming in. Watch it here.

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A nice job by the New Haven Register today profiling the QU Men’s Basketball team. One quote that made me happy:

“Geffen said that injuries have certainly taken their toll, but he and Moore both hinted that the return of Louis Brookins and Ed Zajac from concussions and Jeremy Baker from a separated shoulder are imminent.”

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Some members of the E Street Band like to talk more than others. Guitarist (aka “The Godfather of the Guitar”) Nils Lofgren loves to talk, and in a new interview done by music journalist Gary Graff and posted on the Backstreets News page, Nils sheds light on a lot of things, including helping Charlie Giordano after joining the Magic tour in place of Danny Federici:

“Do any specific song memories stand out?

Well, one thing that comes to mind… Charlie Giordano is an amazing player and a great bandmate. He knows how to be in a band. For a while Bruce tried to stay true to 60 or 70 rotating (songs) out of respect to Charlie, who got thrown into this at the last minute and was completely overwhelmed but managed to totally do the job. But one night after Charlie had been playing a few weeks, you could tell Bruce was like, “Okay, Charlie’s got this down” and stopped worrying about it. So it wasn’t like he was trying to throw Charlie or anything, but one night he called “My Hometown.” We hadn’t played it yet (on the tour), and it wasn’t on the list for Charlie to learn, and Bruce is counting it off and Charlie’s looking at me ’cause I’m standing in front of him. So I got, “Yeah, we’re in A,” and he goes, “I’ve heard the song. What’s that bridge?” And I realized I don’t have to play the acoustic (guitar) rhythm ’til the second verse, so I rushed over and yelled at my tech to throw me a sharpie. I ripped off my set list from under my pedal steel and wrote the bridge chords out and was able to slap it down on the organ just before I jumped off the riser and started my acoustic guitar part. So Charlie at least had a road map for the bridge. It’s just that kind of teamwork that makes it so great. There’s just too many times where I’ll look at Steve, like, “What the hell’s coming up?” and he’ll give me the sign or something. It’s like the kind of great sports team that you don’t see that much anymore because of free agency. You don’t see guys that have played together for five, 10, 15 years, let alone 40. We’ve all brought that together now for a long, long time as the E Stret Band, and Bruce uses it well, and it makes for extraordinary shows bands simply can’t do without that history.”

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I love reading press releases from ESPN, CBS and NBC. You learn a lot of stuff you would never hear anywhere else by reading those sites. And in the course of that I picked up this:

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Bruce Springsteen, who will be performing at halftime of Super Bowl XLIII, will be the subject of an exclusive sit-down during pregame with Bob Costas. Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, a native of the Jersey shore, is contributing an essay on his idol Springsteen in the pregame show.”

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If you missed the special Super Bowl Preview Edition of Teeing It Up this afternoon on WQAQ, you can listen to it through:

the archive of Teeing It Up Shows

Enjoy.

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The picks for the FBR Open:

A — Phil Mickelson (Backup: Stewart Cink)
B — J.B. Holmes (Backup: Brian Gay)
B — Steve Marino (Backup: Sean O’Hair)
C — Charles Howell III (Backup: George McNeill)

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PGA TOUR DIGEST: Vol. 2 No. 4

It is the loudest week all year on the PGA Tour, the fourth event of the season, the FBR Open from the TPC at Scottsdale just outside of Phoenix. Phil Mickelson is making his 2009 debut this week in the desert.

As I talked about yesterday, the 16th hole is a rock concert circus, and this year has become golf’s first stadium hole, completely enclosed by grandstands and bars…what a fun time.

And as a result, you get a lot of television coverage. Thursday & Friday coverage is on Golf Channel, Live, from 4-7:30pm ET with Kelly and Nick. There is also bonus Saturday-Sunday coverage, also Live, on Golf Channel from 1-2:30pm ET.

CBS then picks up the coverage, beginning their 59th year of covering golf, led by Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo, from 3-6pm ET, Live, both days.

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