Four for five
Joe Gibbs' third Super Bowl victory is his sweetest because five veteran players, five of his favorites, also won their third title in their fourth trip to the championship game.
"After the game, in the locker room, the five of us were together, just looking at each other, and man, it's just an overwhelming feeling," said center Jeff Bostic, one of the four-time Super Bowlers. "I think the thing that keeps going through my mind is that in this stage of our careers, 'How many opportunities are you going to get to play in this kind of game again?' "
The ceremonial astronaut toss
Discovery's astronauts demonstrated a coin toss in weightlessness before millions of earthbound football fans during the Super Bowl pre-game show.
Astronaut Roberta Bondar held the coin in her right hand as her fellow astronauts flipped her in cartwheels 187 miles above Earth. She released the coin and it floated away. The crew said it appeared to be heads.
"As you can see in zero-g, the coin never comes down, so we'll just have to defer the coin toss to the official pre-game ceremony," said shuttle commander Ronald Grabe, who sported Washington Redskins cap.
Hey, buy a ticket
Pick a cause. More than 2,000 protesters representing everything from Native Grandmothers Against Racism to Minnesotans for a United Ireland had to arrive early to find a spot outside the Metrodome to state their case.
There also was the Animal Rights Coalition, which complained about people who eat buffalo meat and about a 700-pound hog that is a mascot honoring the Washington Redskins' offensive line.
The most obvious of the protesters was John Forde of St. Paul, demonstrating against the tobacco industry. Attached to his shoulders was a large, homemade likeness of a camel smoking a cigarette.
He carried a sign that read, "I'm killing your kids."
He won four, will he ever call one?
Terry Bradshaw is a very -- as in sizzling -- hot commodity. He was the focus of CBS' marathon preview show, but he would rather be in John Madden's seat next to Pat Summerall analyzing the game.
This raises an interesting question. With Bill Walsh out at NBC and Bill Parcells continuing to be a very unpredictable guy, could Bradshaw suddenly become the apple of NBC's eye and look to jump networks?
Bradshaw admitted that he has a desire to be a No. 1 analyst and call a Super Bowl game. He also realizes this: As long as Madden is at CBS, that never will happen. "Doing it would be the ultimate for me. If you're in this business, it's something you want to do," Bradshaw said.
Would he jump to another network? "You had to ask me that. Oh, boy," Bradshaw said with a sigh.
"I'm very happy here. I don't plan on going anywhere. I had a chance to go to NBC when I left the Steelers, but I chose CBS. Now I feel part of a family. I know you would like me to say I would jump, but as of now, I have no desire to leave."
Lot of good it did us
Baltimore hoped to get national exposure for its NFL franchise hopes by quickly selling out for an exhibition game in August. Football fans here kept up their end of the bargain on Saturday, snapping up the remaining 33,000 tickets for the game in 2 1/2 hours. But the subject never came up during CBS' Super Bowl telecast yesterday.
Did you keep the remote handy?
While CBS' pre-game show broke from football for a report on Olympic figure skating -- guess which network is televising the Winter Games? -- over on Channel 2, there was an NFL Films program on the Super Bowl.
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Unless you are a Redskins fan (not), Super Bowl XXVI -- another dispiriting blowout -- was an annoying series of interruptions to some really top-flight commercials -- at $850,000 for 30 seconds.
The advertisers spending all that dough say that while the recession has made ad dollars tighter, the Super Bowl simply cannot be topped by any other sports event for number of viewers riveted to their sets. Not only that, but Super Bowl viewers apparently remember ads better than most viewers.
The ones we'll remember:
* Bugle Boy. Sex vs. golf. No contest.
* Bud Bowl. Thank goodness we didn't have to watch a dozen installments of bottles tilting and clinking.
* Pepsi. Gotta have it. Uh-huh. Pepsi-Cola Co. purchased five minutes of air time, sinking more of its advertising dollars into the Super Bowl than any other sporting event.
* McDonald's. Thousands of teary-eyed mothers will either take their kids to McDonald's today, or let them play pee-wee football.
* Any of the Olympics ads: Especially the Merrill-Lynch speed skaters.
* Reebok. We watched Olympic decathletes Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson grow up in a delightful series of three 30-second spots in the third quarter that cost the company $2 million.
Don't mess with the Posse
Don't talk trash to them. Don't even looke at them the wrong way.
The Bills' secondary tried intimidating the redskins' receiving corps of Gary Clark, Ricky Sanders and Art Monk. The Posse responded by combining for 15 catches--seven each by Clark and Monk.