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Live dispatches from Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa

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Nate Washington and Ben Roethlisberger
Nate Washington and Ben Roethlisberger play Scorsese.
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TAMPA -- The advice most Super Bowl veterans have for novices heading into the biggest game of their careers is to treat it like any other. Do exactly what you've done all season and don't change a thing.

If that's the case half the players in this year's Super Bowl are throwing that advice out the window. Many players are taking in the week like a tourist takes in Disneyland -- walking around holding up a camcorder, chronicling everything from walking off the plane to getting off the bus for the game.

It isn't just reserves who want to capture the moment at being at Media Day. Ben Roethlisberger is one of the Steelers who can't seem to put down his camcorder during the week, taking it everywhere and documenting every moment. "I would say at least a third of our team has camcorders," said Steelers defensive tackle Scott Paxson. "I've been teasing some of the guys about that. Like who wants to watch themselves getting off a plane? Ben always has his, Charlie [Batch] always has his too."

Before Steelers practice on Wednesday, Batch was weaving his way around the team with the skill of a TMZ cameraman recording all his teammates sitting around. When fellow quarterback Dennis Dixon called him a director, Batch shot back, "No, I'm the paparazzi."

"I always got to watch what I'm saying and what I'm doing around those guys," said Steelers tight end Matt Spaeth. "I didn't bring a damn thing; I don't want to watch that stuff again. I'm not the type that would want to carry that stuff around and be the guy asking guys to pose for pictures. Charlie and Ben are the worst but it shows that they're real guys."

Check SI.com's Super Blog regularly for more dispatches from Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.

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