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Super Bowl AT LARGE : Bronco, Redskin Fans to Get an Earful About San Diego

SUPER BOWL AT LARGE: This is the second of nine daily "Super Bowl at Large" columns giving glimpses of people and pageantry, happenings and hoopla during Super Bowl Week in San Diego.

January 25, 1988|TOM GORMAN

Starting today, Denver radio station KOA and Washington's WMAL--which broadcast their respective teams' football games--will begin originating live from San Diego--talk shows, sports news and the like.

Steve Kelley from KOA will broadcast from such venues as the San Diego Marriott, the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Ranger, the San Diego Zoo and Sea World.

WMAL operations director Jim Gallant said his folks will hunker down at the Hyatt Islandia--the Redskins' host hotel. On the menu: "San Diego Style," which he describes as an off-beat travelogue in which the folks back home will be given a talk-tour of our city, "to transport San Diego back to the people at home who might wonder what San Diego is really like."

Guests were still being lined up for the show, Gallant said, "but it won't be your typical Chamber of Commerce thing."

If plunking $10 down in a football pool sounds like a passive way of vicariously participating in Sunday's game, you might consider spending game day with the local chapter of the American Diabetes Assn., which will hold a fund-raiser at Tia Juana Tilly's in Mission Valley.

Admission to the 1 p.m. party is $50, which includes a buffet, wine and participation in the game called Football Fanfare, which hit the retail market last fall as a variation of the old football pool.

The game, developed by Don Robertson, a McDonnell Douglas consultant, has participants guessing ahead of time which team will be the first to force a turnover, or punt, or be first to score a touchdown, and so on. There will be five questions for each quarter of the game, so any individual participant can win as many as 20 points; the one with the most points at game's end wins--and in this case will be presented with a battery-operated television.

Not all the questions are all that technical, and may call for some subjective decisions by judges.

For instance, from which team will a player be the first to pat another player's fanny? Or, from which team will a player first dance in the end zone? And, in the category of Sure Bets, guess which team will have possession of the ball when a sportscaster utters those immortal words, "This is a big play."

It was just a matter of time before the Super Bowl hoopla would reach the Oval Office--and that time comes today, when President Reagan is supposed to sit down to record an introduction to the fireworks-laser spectacular at 6 p.m. Friday at Seaport Village.

The $100,000 show will feature pyrotechnics never before seen in San Diego, including new shells out of Japan that will hang in the night sky for 15 seconds and look like golden- and purple-crowned chrysanthemums.

Underwriting the free public event is Great American First Savings Bank, which worked its Washington connections to get Reagan to prerecord introductory remarks.

"The Super Bowl represents more than just a game," the President's script goes. "It symbolizes qualities that have made America great--hard work, pride, and an unyielding can-do spirit. The spirit of competition on the football field and in our daily lives has made our country strong, both for what we gain in winning and what we learn in the attempt."

He'll boost San Diego by making reference to some of the great hometown athletes and he'll make reference to the Padres' National League pennant in 1984.

But he won't steal the show, which will be visible from Chula Vista to Point Loma and be choreographed to music that will be simulcast on Eagle 105-FM radio.

"It will be a celebration of the Super Bowl and all that it means to be an American," said John Steenhoven of Newport Beach, who is producing the show. "People will want to stand up and cheer."

Advance billing calls for laser animation-in-the-sky and 5,500 pounds of explosives to be set off from three barges anchored off Seaport Village and loaded with 135,000 pounds of sand.

It's one of those weeks that, given the demands on his time, Steve Garvey might want to invest in some mirrors.

"I'm learning good time management--how to manage my time so I can get the most out of it, to the benefit of the most people," he said.

Some of Garvey's frantic scramble is by his own doing. Today, Tuesday and Wednesday he's hosting a celebrity golf tournament in Palm Springs. Thursday he'll be in the NFL celebrity golf tournament at Torrey Pines. Friday he's hosting another one-day golf tournament at Carmel Mountain Ranch.

Thursday night he's throwing a pairings party for Friday's golfers, and then hosting comedian Jay Lenno and Otis Day and the Knights at a $100-per-person party at the La Jolla Marriott from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with proceeds earmarked for Say No to Drugs and Garvey's nonprofit organization to help athletes segue into new careers.

But wait a minute! Garvey is also listed on invitations by the Arthritis Foundation as one of the celebrity guests at its $150-per-person Super Ball fund-raising auction at 8 p.m. Thursday--an hour before the Jay Lenno show--at Balboa Park's Hall of Champions.

Seems that Dr. Gary Williams, who serves on the Arthritis Foundation's board of directors and who works on Garvey's shoulder problems, put the squeeze on Garvey for an appearance at the Hall of Champions.

"I'll try to get there for a few moments, in between the pairings party and Jay Lenno," Garvey said. "Some of the hosts of that party are dear friends and it's a wonderful cause.

"But I can't be late for my own party."

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