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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read his morning edition.
* On Thursday, Chuck Hagel was questioned by the Senate Armed Services Committee for about seven hours. President Obama has taken vacations that didn't last that long.
* That is ridiculous. Seven hours? That's almost the length of the Super Bowl pregame show.
* The low point occurred when John McCain and Hagel had to be sent to neutral corners.
* There is an improving weather forecast for Omaha with a chance of light sleet late Friday afternoon. You know the weather has stunk here lately when the improving forecast includes the word "sleet."
* Joe Biden has hinted he may run for president in 2016. Being familiar with the subtlety of Joe Biden, I believe to drop the hint he said, “Ya know, I may run for president in 2016.”
* The closest thing to a sure thing Super Bowl prop bet is: Will Ray Lewis cry? This is a man so emotional he weeps at the end of “Roadrunner” cartoons.
* 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's birth mother wants to meet him and look him in the face. The Green Bay Packers said the same thing -- all they got to see of Kaepernick was his rear end as he ran past.
* At Super Bowl Media Day, on behalf of its Twitter followers, ESPN asked Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta how ticklish he is. OK, right there is reason enough to shut down Twitter for good.
* Randy Moss said he's the greatest receiver ever. I'm trying to confirm that Donald Trump told him, “You're too full of yourself.”