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Super Summary: Thursday morning roundup of all things Super Bowl on WEEI.com

02.02.12 at 8:17 am ET
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Only at the Super Bowl could Chad Ochocinco be a significant national story on back-to-back days following his 15-catch, one-touchdown season. Yet even the enigmatic receiver’s comments have been relatively tame. Fear, notes the Associated Press, has rendered the week of Super Bowl hype far, far lamer than a not-so-long-ago era when players would call each other horses and cross-dressers.

Here are the details from WEEI.com’s coverage on Thursday morning, broken up by frequency of Super Bowl appearances:

THE FIVE-TIMERS: TOM BRADY, MATT LIGHT AND KEVIN FAULK ARE HUNGRY FOR MORE HARDWARE

Tom Brady has been dominant this year when facing opponents for a second time. He’d like to continue the trend in the Super Bowl. Chris Price details that point of pride and more from Brady’s press conference on Wednesday.

– Price also looks at the bond between Brady and Tom Martinez, the man who has guided Brady’s emergence from an unimpressive high school quarterback to one of the game’s all-time luminaries. Martinez needs a kidney transplant, and was touched by Brady’s sentiments about him.

– Brady, said Wes Welker, has a toilet in his house that would startle even the Jetsons. (Perhaps Brady attended a Seibu Lions game after that franchise reaped the benefits of the Red Sox’ $51.11 million posting fee for Daisuke Matsuzaka?)

Matt Light is back on his feet after suffering through a gastrointestinal affliction earlier in the week. Now, the left tackle’s goal is to keep Brady on his feet against the Giants pass rush, as Mike Petraglia explains.

Kevin Faulk says that he is cherishing his opportunity to be in a fifth Super Bowl.

THE THREE-TIMERS: VINCE WILFORK AND DEION BRANCH

Jerry Rice is the greatest regular season and playoff receiver of all time. No shock there. But Kirk Minihane says that a strong case can be made that the second-best Super Bowl receiver of all time is none other than Deion Branch. More on that here.

– Price says that Vince Wilfork has the Patriots defensive line playing its best football of the year.

THE NEW GUYS

Rob Gronkowski was the lone Patriots player not to practice on Wednesday. Gronkowski plead cluelessness about his ability to practice and play in the game.

Brandon Spikes was such a force in Pop Warner that parents demanded to see his birth certificate. Now, he is emerging as such a force that Bill Belichick compared him to Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Johnson told Price that Belichick was selling Spikes short in such a comparison.

Chad Ochocinco profaned enthusiastically about the prospect of a return to the Patriots. Ochocinco pronounced that he and Brady are dating, a fact that likely comes as a surprise to Evelyn Lozada. Brady said that he likes the cut of Ochocinco’s jib.

– It has been a tumultuous year for Sean Ellis, and not just because he crossed lines in the Jets/Patriots rivalry to reach his first Super Bowl. The Associated Press details a heartbreaking and fulfilling year for the defensive end.

– Speaking of the Jets, Logan Mankins thinks that the contents of their crania could have inspired the Mongolfiers.

AND ON THE OTHER SIDELINE… THERE’S AT LEAST ONE GIANTS PLAYER WHO DOESN’T FIT THE VILLAINOUS PROFILE

– Young NFL players are often criticized for taking their first trip to the Super Bowl for granted. Former BC star Mark Herzlich will never be accused of a lack of perspective on his trip to the signature event in American sports. Mike Petraglia takes stock of the remarkable fact that Herzlich is in Indianapolis less than three years after being diagnosed with cancer.

– Giants defensive end (what is it about Giants linemen?) exhorted city planning officials (in New York? East Rutherford?) to start planning for a parade on Tuesday.

Rob Gronkowski‘s ankle has a starring role in the buildup to the Super Bowl, but Ahmad Bradshaw‘s broken foot is probably worthy of some love from podiatrists as well. The Giants running back has been doing his work on a broken foot for the last eight Giants games, and teammates rave about his pain threshold and “junkyard dog” mentality.

Osi Umenyiora got smacked with a $20,000 fine for his failure to show up for Wednesday morning’s media session. Perhaps good friend Matt Light will help him defray the costs.

PARTYING LIKE IT’S 2002

– Never mind any questions about what happened off the field leading up to Super Bowl XXXVI, former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner told Rob Bradford that his team would have beaten the Patriots if the new rules that pamper receivers had been in place back in 2002.

– What is Adam Vinatieri doing kicking at the Super Bowl? And has anyone figured out whether Lonnie Paxton will be making snow angels in his living room?

DECONSTRUCTING THE LANGUAGE OF THE MASTERMIND

– Yes, it is what it is, but in the case of the Pro Bowl, Bill Belichick doesn’t think it is what it was. He declined entreaties to exit his comfort zones of the present and past tenses for an exploration of either the conditional or future tenses as regards the January exhibition game. (Evidently, Belichick missed the memo suggesting that proper podium etiquette requires the use of E-prime, a linguistic system that represents a jarring affront to the coach’s Weltanschauung.)

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