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CBS compound

The teams arrive

The Saints arrive

Coach Peyton arrives

Peyton Manning comes to the office

Drew Brees has his playbook

Announcers Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

Here I am on the field

Flyover

Patch panel

Pregame control truck

Replay control

The Vince Lombardi Trophy

Here are several of the many satellite dishes that beam up the game (with plenty of backup).
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by George Schweitzer/CBS
The view from behind the stadium, with office and production facilities housed in giant trailers. Giant mobile units and control trucks that house all the sophisticated technical gear are nudged beside the stadium.
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Escorts led the way as the teams arrived just outside our compound to get to the stadium on game day.
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Note that every one of them has some kind of digital music device. A few even had cameras taking pictures of all the photographers who were taking pictures of them!
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Sean Peyton walked in with a briefcase loaded with what turned out to be that aggressive winning game plan.
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It's the other Peyton. Note his briefcase as well!
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What, no briefcase, Drew? He looked pretty relaxed.
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These guys are simply the best. Here they go through some final prep.
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What can I say, it was a unique opportunity and I am thankful I have a job that takes me places like this!
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This is what I described in my blog post. I was only able to catch the last fighter in formation as it roared over the stadium.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by George Schweitzer/CBS
OK digi-geeks, go crazy. You pull out one of these and the whole Super Bowl goes dark! Just an example of the patch panel under one of our control trucks.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by George Schweitzer/CBS
This is where Producer Eric Mann (left) and Director Bob Matina (middle) run the show. Technical Director Jeff Ringel (right) is the master of the switches for every camera, tape machine, graphics display, and more. It's a four-hour production on game day.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by George Schweitzer/CBS
Here is one of many replay units where a director and producer grab specifically assigned shots: low angles, isolations on various players, wide shots, overhead shots, coach close-ups, you name it.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by George Schweitzer/CBS
At the end of the rainbow is this: the Vince Lombardi Trophy. This is what everyone in the NFL plays for, starting in September and ending on a Sunday in February. I was only keeping it warm for a few minutes during the pregame. I did not smudge it at all.
Caption by CNET Reviews staff / Photo by George Schweitzer/CBS
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