Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Burt Reynolds took part in a media conference yesterday to promote the remake of The Longest Yard, the 1974 film that is considered one of the best sports movies. Reynolds starred in the original, about a football game between inmates and guards at a Southern prison. Personally, I'm waiting for Smokey and the Bandit: The Twilight Years.
Commissioner Paul Tagliabue opened his State of the NFL address yesterday with the rhetorical question, "Why are we in Jacksonville?," then justified the presence of football's premier event in an undersized city as an attempt by the sport to build "bridges to our small-town roots." That's got to be great news for the Super Bowl exploratory committee in Bowie.