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January 29, 2012

Who needs Stickum when you've got 'sticky' gloves?

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"These guys, they want the gloves all the time, because it does help them catch the ball, and they feel good, and it's consistent, no matter what the weather," said Dungy, who coached the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl title and will be part of NBC's broadcasting crew next weekend. "I do wonder sometimes how Biletnikoff and (Hall of Famer Lynn) Swann and those guys, if they had some of this technology now — I don't know they ever would have dropped a ball."

Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba said the team broke out special gloves for the rain-soaked NFC championship game at San Francisco because those particular ones "don't lose their 'tackiness' in wet weather."

There are models meant to be used on snowy or particularly cold days, but Skiba explained: "Our receivers won't wear a winter glove. They want to feel the ball and think they don't with those gloves."

That won't be an issue, of course, in the upcoming Super Bowl, which is being played in a dome.

Nicks is planning to wear his usual red gloves. Skiba will set him up with a new pair, just like every week all season.

They've become something of a trademark. So much so that while discussing Nicks' remarkable TD catch at the end of the first half in the Giants' upset of the Packers two weeks ago, New York coach Tom Coughlin didn't mention the receiver by name.

Instead, Coughlin talked about seeing "those red gloves go up." Everyone knew who he was talking about.

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AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner, AP Sports Writers Tom Withers, Dennis Waszak, Howard Ulman, Tom Canavan, Rachel Cohen, Jaymes Song, Dave Campbell, David Ginsburg and Janie McCauley, and freelance writer Matthew Carroll, contributed to this report.

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