By JEAN HELLER, AMY ABBOTT and BABITA PERSAUD
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 24, 2001
Mary J. Blige in halftime
Another star joins the bulging halftime lineup. Mary J. Blige, hip-hop artist known for Your Child and her large, tinted shades, will join Aerosmith, Britney Spears, 'N Sync and Nelly. If that weren't enough, there is also a 90-second comic film at halftime staring Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller.
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William Christopher, a.k.a. Father Francis Mulcahy in the long-running television show M.A.S.H., popped into Sidebern's in South Tampa for an early start on the big week.
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CBS sportscaster Greg Gumbel, along with Joe Theismann, former Washington Redskins quarterback turned ESPN sportscaster, and Marvin Lewis, defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, stopped by the swanky new Tampa restaurant Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, on Monday. They followed by a day auto racing icon Mario Andretti.
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The National Football League has actually compiled a list of Official Celebrities attending the game. Watch a sidewalk near you for actor Kirstie Alley, actor Tom Arnold, Miss America Angela Perez, actor Peter Boyle, singer Natalie Cole, brother-sister actors Tim and Tyne Daly, actor Carmen Electra, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Sen. Bob Graham, boxer Evander Holyfield, Olympian Marion Jones, singer Wynonna Judd, blues guitarist B.B. King, talk show host Jay Leno, actor Jennifer Lopez, actor Craig T. Nelson, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and many, many more.
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