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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

And, after eight days in Houston, here we are - Super Bowl LI

HOUSTON -- I'm sitting in the press box at the Super Bowl. I have a front-row seat. I'm a lucky guy. I'm also a sweaty guy.

You don't care about how long it took four AJC professionals -- esteemed colleagues Jennifer Brett, Darryl Orlando Ledbetter and Jeff Schultz, plus yours truly -- to walk from the TV compound, where we'd joined Zach Klein of WSB-TV to do a Championship Countdown on our many Cox platforms, the media entrance. You don't care, and I'm not sure: I lost count at the 10-mile marker.

But here we are, and thank heavens for that. We're hunkered down in the press box -- I'm on Row 1 near midfield -- and, having arrived last Sunday, I'm ready to go. Bring it on! Rise Up!

(Wait. Did I really say that? What the heck. It's the Super Bowl, y'all.)

Due to rampant confusion on my part, this post is no longer the official AJC Super Bowl Live Blog. That's now here. Please join me. Thanks, as ever, in advance.

Super stuff:

I like the Falcons to win. Others disagree.

Why the stealth Falcons will win the Super Bowl.

Steve Bartkowski on these Falcons: "A team of destiny."

Photo flashback: The 1970s Falcons

Photo flashback: The 1960s Falcons

The Falcons' Ben Garland: A do-it-all who might need to do more.

Atlanta scores a huge win in Houston. And no, not the Falcons.

The highlight of my Super Bowl week: Seeing Lady Gaga.

So far, it's Tom Brady's Super Bowl. (So far, I said.)

ESPN: 4 out of 5 dentists ... er, coaches ... prefer the Patriots.

The face of Dan Quinn's Falcons? Big hitter Keanu Neal.

Super starters show Signing Day isn't always a stairway to heaven.

Super question: What will Belichick try to take from the Falcons?

Shanahan loses backpack with game plan, gets it back.

Opening Night: Belichick denies knowledge of underwear bearing his name.

The Falcons' ultimate challenge -- the dark lord Belichick.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn: The winner who went to dinner.

Falcons arrive, are mistaken (by my Uber driver) for a funeral.

Hope for the Falcons: The Patriots' defense isn't really No. 1.

Football Outsiders: 'Nightmare' scenario sees Falcons blown out.

The Falcons are headed to the game that defies simulation.

A revealing take on Matt Ryan from someone who knows him well.

Memo to Boston: I won't apologize for Atlanta or the Falcons.

The Falcons are underdogs, but they absolutely can win.

Facing the hated Patriots, the Falcons are now America's Team.

A Super day: Atlanta domination, Atlanta validation.

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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.