As sure as the Super Bowl is going to go over 56 total points, you'll be hearing the following tired storylines for the next week: A) Peyton Manning will need to win in order to lay his claim as the greatest quarterback of all-time (he already is regardless of outcome).B) Reggie Bush -- he of 9 total rushing yards in the NFC Championship -- will get as much attention as Joe Addai, Pierre Thomas, Pierre Garcon and anyone else named Pierre combined.C) New Orleans will win it for New Orleans due to the devastation from Katrina (despite it happening five years ago, but that isn't stopping the sports media from attributing every semi-major Saints victory to Katrina inspiration.D) Peyton playing against his father's old team, which is already as tired as "Pants on the Ground." So what stories are just as compelling without all the repetition? Joe Concha has 10 such tales to tell.
Jeremy Shockey's tat
Anytime it takes three days to apply ink to one's body, it needs to be acknowledged. In Shockey's case, 21 hours of artwork over three days at a Miami tattoo parlor resulted in the bald eagle and American flag you see here. Hey, anything beats Jason Williams (the Orlando Magic version) and his "WHIT" "EBOY" across his knuckles. Now if Shockey could just avoid celebrating every 7-yard catch like he just won the Super Bowl, he might be completely worth rooting for.
Devery Henderson's path to the pros
The least trusted player week-to-week in fantasy football history. One week he'll catch three balls for 111 yards and two touchdowns. The next (after you've benched him) one catch for 8 yards along with a 12-yard loss on a reverse. Regardless, Henderson's journey to the NFL is compelling: Went to LSU on a track scholarship, had to try out for the football team, ended up setting a Southeastern Conference record for most touchdowns in a season ... and won a national championship to boot. Nickname: Boo-Boo. Hobby: Raising pit bulls in a non-Vickian manner.
Jim Irsay Jr. rules the world
Talk about expediting a career in the name of nepotism: Junior worked at the Colts ticket counter in 1982 and was the team’s GM less than two years later after the team got out of Baltimore like it stole something (like the city's soul). Father Bob purchased team for $15 million in 1972. Colts' estimated worth now? $1 billion. Colts' estimated worth if they drafted Ryan Leaf instead of Manning? Well, let's just say noticeably less than one billion.
Garrett Hartley knows kicking
The NFC Championship hero kicked 90 friggin’ extra points in one high school season in Texas eight years ago. He also converted on 14 field goals. Glad I had him in my high school fantasy league back in the day (132 points beats what I got out of Nick Folk this year). Hartley, like his Colts counterpart Matt Stover, were essentially working at Chuck E. Cheese when the season opened. They've since been exceptional in the regular season and perfect in the playoffs. Come around 10 p.m. EST on February 7, either one could end up being the next Adam Vinatieri. Or Scott Norwood.
Saints' receiver love for teen numbers
Marques Colston (pictured, No. 12), Courtney Roby, Lance Moore (is he still on the team?), Robert Meachem and the aforementioned Henderson (pictured, No. 19) all wear teen numbers. The trend started with Keyshawn Johnson (whom I'll forever hold in contempt for doing) and continues because of uncharted historical territory. In short, it's all about branding ... because if you a chance to become the greatest player EVER to wear a particular teen number without competing with the likes of, say, Jerry Rice (No. 80 for most of his career until destroying his legacy by donning No. 19) or Lynn Swann (No. 88), I guess you take it. And trust me, single digits are next.
Colts own the Saints this century
OK, so they've only played each other twice in the past seven years, but there's no denying Peyton really, really has their number. In 2003, he put up 55 points on the black and gold. And in 2007, another 41. Adding it up, Indy has outscored the Saints 96-31 in last two meetings.More bad karma: Colts are the only dome team to win a Super Bowl played outside (in Miami three years ago). But it's not all bad for the Saints: In their one trip to South Beach this year, they rocked a decent Dolphin defense for 46 points, including 22 unanswered in the fourth quarter. Saints-Colts all-time series: Tied at 5-5.
Sean made the correct career decision
Coach Payton actually played quarterback for the Chicago Bears during the '87 strike season. In the best imitation of being the exact opposite of Brees, in three games he completed 8 of 23 passes for 79 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT -- for a QB rating of 27.3. Hence, his opting for coaching instead. Now regarded as one of the best offensive minds the game has seen since Bill Walsh, the numbers since taking over in New Orleans are staggering. The offense has led the league in points in three of his four seasons there, and was only ranked fourth during that "off-year." Players love him, other coaches respect him greatly. A class act.
Jim Caldwell exorcises his Demon Deacons
The rookie head coach didn't exactly have Pete Carroll's record coming into the pros. His head coaching record at Wake Forest? 26-63. His pro record after EIGHT assistant coaching jobs before getting the Colts gig? 16-2. Seriously, is there a better job in sports? With Peyton Manning running the offense, a mediocre division to compete with and no troublemakers internally to contend with, Caldwell is the Joe Girardi of the NFL. To quote Seinfeld, ".. .Not that there's anything wrong with that."
Drew Brees is Better Than You
When he wasn't torching the Big Ten while at Purdue and earning Heisman Trophy nominations, Brees (pictured, far left) was usually No. 1 in the class, helping him earn the Socrates Award for top college athlete in terms of academics. Hard to believe, but the 4-time Pro Bowler was once benched midseason for Doug Flutie (in his 18th pro season, no less), but has obviously found a perfect fit in New Orleans, throwing for almost 9,500 yards in the past two seasons alone. On a completely irrelevant note, Brees is allergic to gluten, meaning potato vodka during Bourbon Street celebrations only.
Flying the Coop
The eldest, and least known, of the Mannings is 35-year-old Cooper (pictured, right). Like Eli and the other guy before him, Coop was highly-touted in high school, albeit as a receiver. But thanks to a congenital spinal condition, he was forced to pursue careers in broadcasting and as a sports agent. Neither worked out, so Coop decided to get into trading energy stocks. Short story short: Archie's oldest son is as successful in the trading field as Peyton is on grass and turf. Best tidbit: He and his wife are best friends with Drew and Brittany Brees. It's a small world, indeed. -- Joe ConchaE-mail Joe.Concha@foxnews.com if you have any super questions or comments.