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The Times
  • Super Bowl notebook: Millions for Manning?

  • Colts owner Jim Irsay threw a high-priced private party in Indianapolis. But will he pay out the big bucks to keep Peyton Manning?

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  • It must be nice to have money.
    Colts owner Jim Irsay brought in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills among other high-priced musicians to play at a private party in the Indiana State Museum, across the street from the media hotels. Indiana native John Mellencamp was part of the session. His girlfriend, Meg Ryan, naturally was on the guest list.
    But the real money question here is whether Irsay will fork out the $28 million bonus it will take to keep Peyton Manning.
    There is a clear consensus among restless natives that Manning should somehow, some way, remain a Colt. The consensus is that it won’t happen, making Manning a free agent.
    One point of intrigue: The Colts’ new offensive coordinator is Bruce Arians, who was Manning’s first offensive coordinator.
    Manning’s interceptions
    Giants quarterback Eli Manning not only boosted his passing yards from 4,002 in 2010 to 4,933 in 2011. He sliced his interceptions from 25 to 19.
    Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride explains that Manning learned and grew, which doesn’t happen every day with a player who has passed his 30th birthday.
    “He was embarrassed by the amount of interceptions, and he was determined to do something about it,” Gilbride said.
    Warren report
    There is a chance Patriots cornerback Antwaun Molden will spend some of the Super Bowl covering his former high school teammate, Mario Manningham.
    “I’ve known him forever,” Manningham said. “He was in sixth grade when I was in fourth grade.
    “I never dreamed I’d be playing against him in a Super Bowl.”
    Molden had a strange finish to his high school career, playing in the fall for the Warren (Ohio) football team but then transferring to Cleveland Glenville in time to run track with Ted Ginn Jr.
    “He’s a fast, fast kid,” Manningham said of Molden.
    Fork of plenty
    The early part of the 2004 NFL draft was full of hits and misses.
    One pick that didn’t pan out was Kellen Winslow Jr., taken at No. 6 by Cleveland. One who did was Ben Roethlisberger, taken 11th by the Steelers on his way to three Super Bowls.
    One of the better values in the entire draft was defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, picked 21st by the Patriots, and in his third Super Bowl. He was a teammate of Winslow in a 2002 national championship loss to Ohio State.
    Wilfork made his fourth All-Pro team this year. The Patriots’ worst record since he came aboard was 10-6.
    Extra point
    • Giants guard Chris Snee is head coach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law, a topic he brings up in interviews only when asked, and then saying virtually nothing — kind of the way his father-in-law talks about the situation.
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