By PAMELA DAVIS, BABITA PERSAUD, ANGELA MILLER, Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 25, 2001
Halftime set up an event itself
MTV has about six minutes to set up its halftime show stage. While the crew swoops into action, folks in the stadium will be treated to a three-minute video about football players who retired this year. After the 11-minute halftime concert, MTV has about 51/2 minutes to take the stage apart and leave the field. During that time, another stadium video will play as will first half statistics and taped music.
"If Aerosmith and 'N Sync were in concert at Raymond James Stadium next Sunday you would probably allow about a day and a half to two days (setup) on that operation. So if it takes them five or six minutes you've got to stand there and give them a standing ovation," said Bob Best, executive producer of the Super Bowl pregame show.
MTV has created a 153-foot-wide stage that will reside on the 50-yard line. Runways connected to the stage will reach each sideline. Lights will be set up on the stage and there will be a "surround-sound feel."
"We're putting a lot more time and effort into the lighting, sound and staging versus just having cheerleaders or choreographed stunts on the field," said Salli Frattini, MTV's executive producer of the halftime show. -- PAMELA DAVIS
Dish restaurant in Centro Ybor will be the backdrop of an ESPN Super Bowl party Saturday night. Tampa Bay Bucs player Chidi Ahanatou, baseball player Roger Cedano and NFL alumni Paul Hornung, Art Shell, Carl Eller and Steve Young are scheduled to appear. ESPN's The Life, a new show, will tape a segment from Dish that night to be broadcast later. -- BABITA PERSAUD
In an attempt to share some of the focus on Sunday's game with those in need, money and food will be collected for charities from houses of worship across the country as part of the "Souper Bowl of Caring."
The event raised $3.1-million last Super Bowl Sunday in its 11th year, with more than 30 churches throughout the Tampa Bay area participating. Nationally, 11,211 congregations took part. This Sunday, youths from all denominations will stand at sanctuary exits with soup pots asking for $1 from people as they leave services. "The Souper Bowl of Caring demonstrates the power of working together," said the Rev. Brad Smith, Souper Bowl's executive director. -- ANGELA MILLER
From the Discretion is the Better Part of Valor Department:
Don Wallace, founder of Lazy Days RV SuperCenter, says he got a call a couple months ago to rent his palatial Bayshore Boulevard house, reportedly the bay area's priciest at $8-million-plus, for a Super Bowl party.
Actually, Wallace's wife got the call and asked if she was interested in turning over the house for a party hosted by Playboy magazine.
The party is set for Saturday night -- at the Rain Lounge in Channelside.
Comedian/actor Jay Mohr enjoyed the media frenzy, hopping from radio booth to radio booth Wednesday afternoon at the Tampa Convention Center, the staging ground for thousands of media types who have descended on the city.
Mohr, perhaps best known for his role as the obnoxious sports agent in Jerry Maguire was last seen chatting it up with Chicago's AM670 "The Score."