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Super Bowl XXXVIII

At least one dead in Boston celebrations

By wire services
Published February 3, 2004

Patriots fans turned rowdy after their team's Super Bowl victory, overturning cars and lighting small fires as thousands swarmed the streets in Boston. One person was killed when someone drove a sport utility vehicle into a crowd.

In Kenmore Square, near Boston University, college-age fans thronged the streets around garbage fires Sunday night. A local television station reported that one of its vans was vandalized, and the crew had to be escorted from the area by police.

Across town near Northeastern University, fans flipped about a half-dozen cars.

An SUV struck several people early Monday, killing James Grabowski, 21, of West Newbury and injuring three others, one critically. The SUV was stuck in a crowd of revelers when the driver put the car in reverse, then shifted into forward, striking pedestrians and a police officer, authorities said.

Grabowski was the son of State Police Capt. Daniel Grabowski. The family had no comment Monday.

The driver, Stanley Filoma, 24, of Boston, was arrested a short distance away. He was arraigned Monday on charges including vehicular homicide while operating under the influence. Bail was set at $10,000.

TALK ABOUT A BUMP UP: As it turns out, Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady doesn't always come out on top.

Apparently, in practice in Foxboro the week before the team arrived in Houston, coach Bill Belichick decided to let the first-team offense play against the first-team defense.

Safety Rodney Harrison made a wager with Brady that he would intercept a pass, and Brady bet that he would throw a touchdown on Harrison.

"Rodney and I had a bet and I lost," Brady said. "I lost two first-class airline tickets to anywhere in the world. Ruined my whole weekend. I think it ruined my night and I think Rodney reminded me of that."

Harrison, who joined the Patriots this season after nine with the Chargers, and Brady held a long embrace moments after Sunday's game.

"He's just an incredible player," Brady said.

RATINGS UP: An estimated 89.6-million people watched, a slight increase from last year's game.

The game received a 41.3 rating and 63 share, Nielsen Media Research said. The rating was up 1 percent from the 40.7 for Tampa Bay's 48-21 win over Oakland last year.

BENGAL ARRESTED: Cincinnati tackle Levi Jones was arrested Monday morning after a fight broke out among patrons at a Houston nightclub.

Jones tried to take a nightstick from an officer and was wrestled to the ground, police spokeswoman Sandra Aponte said.

ARENA LEAGUE: The Storm placed defensive specialist Antonio Langham (ankle), wide receiver/defensive back Carlos James (back) and offensive/defensive linemen D.J. Bleisath (back) and Jorge Diaz (knee) on injured reserve, where they join lineman Shawn King (groin). All five will miss the first two games of the season.

The Storm was picked second to San Jose in the Arena Football League Writers Association's preseason poll. Wide receiver/linebacker Lawrence Samuels, the MVP and Ironman of ArenaBowl XVII, was the only Tampa Bay player named to the preseason team.

The team included quarterback Aaron Garcia of New York, fullback/linebacker Bo Kelly of Arizona, wide receivers/defensive backs back Randy Gatewood of Arizona and Will Pettis of Dallas, offensive specialist Chris Jackson of Los Angeles, offensive/defensive linemen Tom Briggs of Austin, John Moyer of Chicago and B.J. Cohen of New Orleans, defensive specialists Clevan Thomas of San Jose and Kenny McEntyre of Orlando and kicker Clay Rush of Indiana.

Elsewhere, Orlando acquired former Storm offensive specialist James Bowden from Carolina for future considerations and traded wide receiver/defensive back Thabiti Davis to Detroit for the Fury's top pick in the next dispersal draft.

- Times staff writers Roger Mills and Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

[Last modified February 3, 2004, 01:30:33]


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