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14 Super Bowl Sideshows and Subplots

At Super Bowl XV in New Orleans — my first Super Bowl — wildman defensive lineman John Matuszak of the Oakland Raiders nominated himself as a most unlikely Bourbon Street chaperone. “I’m going to see that there’s no funny business,” The Tooz said. “I’ve had enough parties for 20 people’s lifetimes. I’ll keep our young fellows [...]

Stupid Questions: Great Moments in Super Bowl Media Day History

New Orleans, January 1981. My first Super Bowl. I’m trying to ask questions of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Charlie Smith at the first media availability. He’d recently broken his jaw, the wires in his mouth standing sentry against solid nourishment and reducing his speech to what under different circumstances would pass as beginner’s ventriloquism. (Confession: Bourbon Street overmatched [...]