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Sunday's Super Bowl look set to be a battle between two different styles.
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2007 12:34 GMT

What all the fuss is about [GALLO/GETTY]

Despite a good relationship between the two head coaches Sunday's Super Bowl between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts promises to be a brutal encounter.

"I'm excited now, but I am trying to suppress that energy, stay calm, and then on Sunday, just explode," said Colts linebacker Cato June.
Weather forecasters are predicting wet weather on Sunday and possibly some thunderstorms, which should suit the defensively orientated Chicago Bears.

But Indianapolis punter Hunter Smith said wet weather won't bother him.

"I'll just go out and catch the ball," Smith said. "I will dry my hands off. It sounds pretty elementary. I don't get into gloves or anything like that."
  
It's the third time in franchise history the Colts have tried to win a title in Miami. When still based in Baltimore, they lost to the New York Jets in 1969 and beat the Dallas Cowboys two years later.
  
But it's the first time coach Dungy, star quarterback Peyton Manning and receiver Marvin Harrison have made it to the Super Bowl.
  
Manning enters the game as the darling of the Colts offense and having a championship ring would finally allow him to lose his reputation for a 'choker' in big matches.

Looking the thwart the attacking instincts of Manning is the Bears defensive juggernaut Brian Urlacher, who posses blazing speed for a big man.
  
"The guys have to be tenacious up front," Urlacher said.

"We have to rotate guys in and out because the thing about Peyton is that he gets rid of the football so fast.
  
"You're not going to trick him. He's seeing every blitz, every defense you could probably think of. You just try to rotate bodies in and out up front and hopefully get some pressure on him."

Trouble digging?
  
While Manning has his critics, the Bears quarterback Rex Grossman has found few people outside the Windy City ready to back his claim for a title.

Grossman needs to establish himself early, says former quarterback Joe Theismann, who led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl title in 1983.
  
"Grossman has been a guy who if he starts slow, he stays slow," Theismann says. "He has trouble digging himself out of holes."
  
Much of the pre-match hype has been focused on the fact that a black coach will lift the trophy for the first time.

The Bears Lovie Smith and Colts' Tony Dungy both have deserving CVs to claim that honour after Smith became the first black coach into a Super Bowl by a matter of hours.

Dungy played on a Super Bowl-winning team with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1978, but had never been to one in 15 years as an assistant coach and 10 years as a coach.
  
Smith was a defensive co-ordinator for the St. Louis Rams in 2001, when they lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 36. It took Smith just three years to make the Super Bowl as a coach.
  
Cito Gaston is still the only black manager to win Major League Baseball's World Series, earning back-to-back titles with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.
  
There has been a series of black coaches to win NBA titles, starting with Bill Russell as a player-coach with the Boston Celtics in 1968 and 1969.
  
The only other time two black coaches faced off against each other in a championship game or series was in the NBA Finals in 1975, when Al Attles and the Golden State Warriors swept K.C. Jones and the Washington Bullets in four games.

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