Pigskin Pandemonium: Super Bowl XXXIII
Amid the usual media frenzy, Denver and Atlanta
prepare to face off in Miami
quarterback John Elway triumphantly hoists the Vince Lombardi
Trophy after leading the Broncos to a 31-24 upset over the Packers
in Super Bowl XXXII.
The hype is here. Just under two weeks from now America's biggest
sporting event will take place at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The
Super Bowl is the climactic
moment of the season in America's favorite sport —
professional football. Two weeks of incessant television, radio and
newspaper build-up will lead to a 7-hour pre-game show, about two
and half hours of actual play, tons of commercials, an hour-long
halftime extravaganza, and a year's worth of post-game dissection.
As they are every year, the Super Bowl parties this year will be
biggest in two cities. This year expect tortilla chip and
deli-platter sales to spike in Denver and Atlanta at the end of the
month. Denver, home of the AFC champion Broncos, is used to this
Super Bowl thing. They won the darn thing last year and are set to
play in the world's biggest game for the fifth time since 1987, and
the sixth time in their history. Atlanta is used to seeing their
Braves in the World Series—and they did host a little event called the Summer Olympics a few years
back— but their beloved and historically inept Falcons are
making their Super Bowl debut on January 31.