Welcome to media day   

Updated: January 31, 2007, 10:47 AM ET

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PART I | PART II | PART III | PART IV | PART V | PART VI | PART VII | PART VIII | PART IX | PART X | PART XI

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"Jimmy Kimmel Live" decided to send the Famous Rejects Du Jour from "American Idol" to cover media day for a segment on the show. That's one of the show's writers on the left, Will Burke. He spent the last few days with them ... now he's starting to look like Nicholson during the last 75 minutes of "The Shining." No, seriously.

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Definitely some interesting fashion choices. This photo doesn't even remotely do that jacket justice -- there's a 65 percent chance it was pulled off a homeless man in Key Biscayne.

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Thought about begging Brian Urlacher to campaign for the "Madden 2008" cover (because I'm terrified they might ask Tom Brady and even more terrified that he might accept) and decided against it. As it turned out, I didn't ask a single question during these riveting sessions in which players really open up. And I couldn't be prouder.

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One of my favorite media day tricks: The player who's not getting interviewed and pretends to be on his cell phone.

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Wait a second ... Lovie Smith is BLACK?

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Bill Simmons is a columnist for Page 2 and ESPN The Magazine. His book "Now I Can Die In Peace" is available in paperback.