Alvin loves Eagles

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

For one day, injured Raptors point guard Alvin Williams is turning his back on the team. The Philadelphia native isn't interesting in hearing teammate and Concord, N.H., native Matt Bonner cheer on his beloved New England Patriots against Williams' Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl tonight.

"I'm going to go home," Williams said yesterday. "They're going to harass me the whole time. I'm not even for it."

Many of the players, including Bonner, plan to stick around the Air Canada Centre after the Raptors' game against the Dallas Mavericks today to watch the NFL championship game.

"I'm a big-time New England fan," Bonner said. "I had to stay up until 5 in the morning last year in Italy to watch the Super Bowl. I remember the first time they won it (in 2002), it was crazy. I was down in Florida and I was going nuts. I had the whole place cheering for the Pats. Hopefully, I can convert some fans this year too."

Bonner hasn't heard much trash talk from Williams.

"Alvin's been really quiet," Bonner said. "I think it's more quiet nervousness. That's my opinion."

Nonsense, Williams claims.

"My pick? Eagles," he said. "I've been quiet. We're playing against the Patriots, the defending champions. (But) I'm confident."

SUPER THOUGHTS

There are a wide range of opinions on the Super Bowl in Raptorland. Here are a few statements from guys who were asked for their picks

- Jalen Rose -- "I like Philadelphia. I feel like New England has had their turn and they've won a couple of championships. My man Tom Brady is a Michigan guy. I've got the chance to see him celebrate twice. (But) Donovan McNabb, that's my guy. He's a No. 5 (like Rose). I'd love to see ... the second African American quarterback be victorious in the Super Bowl.

- Sam Mitchell -- "I don't know. Whoever wins, that's who I pick."

- Donyell Marshall, a native of Reading, Pa., -- "Pittsburgh ain't playing."


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