[1) It is SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3. Sad news. Punxsutawney Phil, arising from his hole yesterday as he does every Groundhog Day, accidentally was shot and killed by a hunter untrained in the use of an AK-47. 2) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Readers vent on Marino scandal, history lesson from Don Shula, Hall of Fame, UM men win again, Smirk Saturday. 3) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]
RAVENS 34, 49ERS 31: Baltimore way up early, then a bizarre 35-minute delay when stadium lights went out, embarrassing NFL and New Orleans, after which San Fran rallied to make it a darned good Super Bowl. Is it true that Ray Lewis asked God to make the lights go out to prolong his career? I'm just asking. I'll be interested to see how many of my media brethren will be able to resist the easy, obvious temptation to use the lights-out/lights-on thing as a metaphor for the leads they write. Guessing 4,678 will try to resist, and that 4,496 will fail. I've had some fun at Lewis' expense, but owe much respect to the great ex-Cane as he lapses into retirement as a champion.
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: LEWIS AND HAR-BRO OVERLOAD, MARINO AND DEER ANTLERS, PREGAME AND HALFTIME, HYPED-UP COMMERCIALS AND PARTIES ... OH AND, TIME PERMITTING, A FOOTBALL GAME, TOO!: Welcome to America's real National Holiday, fellow Americans and others. Early this evening the 49ers and Ravens will cap a week of comically excessive buildup by playing the 47th edition of the Super Bowl to decide the NFL championship. San Francisco is favored. I predict an upset by Baltimore, 24-21. Pictured below are five snapshots that pretty well capture the buildup to this here-at-last game; left to right: Evangelical Ray Lewis, the Coachin' Harbaugh Brothers, Colin Kaepernick-ing, Dan Marino and Deer Antlers.
Super links: Click on Colin Kaepernick for today's special-section column by me on the gust of fresh air that is the Niners' starting QB. Click on Random Evidence for today's SB-flavored Sunday notes column. And click on Super Bowl Gem for my full game prediction capsule.
HOSTING A SUPER BOWL PARTY: An estimated 78 percent of Americans host or attend a Super Bowl party, according to a statistic I just completely made up. But doesn't it sound about right? Share your Super Bowl Sunday plans here. I myself will be hosting a small party that will involve an oven-roasted Boston butt (pulled pork), homemade smoked beef jerky, illegal betting and enough beer to float a battleship. I'll be tending this blog and Tweeting during the game unless the battleship has already sailed (wink). Pictured is an edible stadium, otherwise called The Kind of Super Bowl Party I'd Not Wish to Attend. I picture that the host will admonish the first person who attempts to eat the work of art. My dream: As host is preparing for guests to arrive and is otherwise occupied, the family's untended Rottweiler notices the edible stadium for the first time.
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