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Sports on the Air

Pondering Super Bowl hype, or not

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published January 30, 2004

Questions and thoughts I'm pondering while eagerly (or not) awaiting Sunday's big game (and no, I'm not talking about the German Bundesliga match between Freiburg and Leverkusen):

Where was I when the hype was handed out? Did someone slip me a cure for Super Bowl fever?

Why am I more excited about a possible 20th anniversary remastered release of Purple Rain on DVD than Sunday's quarterback matchup?

I've had just enough of Jake Delhomme, Ragin' Cajun. Should I be excited that he is a good, solid quarterback whose job is to "manage the clock" and "not make mistakes"? And have two phrases ever been uttered more by our broadcasting analysts?

Is Stephen Davis and the fact he might gain 100 yards against a great New England defense supposed to fire me up?

Is there anybody on ESPN who can make me care? CBS, are you there? Someone? Anyone? Is it me, or does the sports media even seem bored pumping up the NFL finale?

Anybody have the number to order the Lingerie Bowl 2004 pay-per-view? And what's the over/under on how many yards Angie Everhart passes for?

Is it higher than Delhomme's?

According to sportsbusinessdaily.com, Lingerie Bowl executive producer Mitchell Mortaza said PPV buys should double the 1.5-million for the Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis bout. I wish I was kidding.

Does anyone really watch all 41/2 hours of the pregame show? And how come when I see the first "wife of the coach" feature, I think: bathroom break?

According to Multichannel News, Time Warner Cable "will be able to offer most of its customers this Sunday's Super Bowl in high-definition after cutting agreements ... with local CBS affiliates." That's great for the 11 people who can afford HDTV.

If someone with HDTV tapes a game in HDTV and gives that tape to someone without HDTV, will the game play in HDTV? Just wondering.

[Last modified January 30, 2004, 01:32:11]


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