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STANLEY SPEAKS -- NIKE RELEASES HOPPER SUPER BOWL SPEECH

     Nike released the Super Bowl speech that will be read byDennis Hopper, portraying Stanley Craver.  Full text from the :90ad:  "When I was a boy, I dreamed of playing football.  But I wasallergic to milk and the soybean juice substitute that my mothergave me made my bones weak.  But I digress.  My point is:  I lovefootball.  Football.  The ballet of bulldozers.  The moments ofgrace in a sea of fury.  The crowd:  fickle, fanatical, andfaithful.  Every kick-off is possibility.  Every down a war.  Andevery now and then, it doesn't come down to fancy strategy orspeed or strength. It comes down to who has more heart.  Yes.You see football is in my bones, and where goes the two pointconversion, the on-side kick and the TV time-out, so go I.  Ihave seen the locker room my friends.  I have smelled the shoes,stormed the field and sung the songs.  And I have heard thefootsteps.   Yes.  And they say to me, they say 'Stanley, isfootball the greatest game in the world?'  And I say, 'Yes,footsteps.  Yes it is!'" (Nike).