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The Dallas Cowboys were dealt the first setback of Super Bowl week Monday when their quarterback acknowledged that he can't use the NFC championship victory as inspiration. Because Troy Aikman doesn't remember it. Doesn't remember completing 14 of 18 passes. Doesn't remember throwing for two touchdowns. Doesn't remember leading the Cowboys to a 38-21 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
April 23, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Picking up where they left off in February, the two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle and Denver, open the 2014 NFL season with blockbuster games. The league released its schedule Wednesday, revealing the defending champion Seahawks will play host to Green Bay in the opener Thursday, Sept. 4, and Indianapolis will play at the Broncos in the opening Sunday night game. Packers-Seahawks is a rematch of a 2012 "Fail Mary" game won by Seattle on the final play, a controversial touchdown pass that from every camera angle looked to be an interception by Green Bay. Replacement officials called it a touchdown for the Seahawks, however, and that game proved to be the final straw that ended the officiating lockout.
February 4, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil--Brazilians usually have little time for the U.S. version of football, but they can't stop talking about this year's Super Bowl. Subjected for years to questions about whether Brazil is prepared to effectively host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, there was more than a little glee as the world's richest country messed up its most important sporting event. The 34-minute blackout that marred the second half of the game became the subject of ridicule on social networks and in the local media.
April 7, 2014 | By Gary Klein
The ball teetered on the lip of the 16th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. It was 2005, and after Tiger Woods' now-famous chip shot fell in for a birdie and Woods went on to win the Masters for the fourth time, Jim Michaelian made a decision. With Woods' popularity and Tiger-driven television ratings soaring, Michaelian was convinced that the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should not be run on the same day that the winner of a golf major was being fitted for a green jacket.
February 4, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
New Orleans officials were still working Monday to fully understand what caused the electricity to go out in half of the Superdome during the third quarter of the Super Bowl. It took 34 minutes for the power to be restored. During that time, players milled about the field and tried to stay loose, and fans were left wondering what exactly was going on. There was no official explanation for what happened before the game ended, leaving many people wondering if we should blame Beyonce's electric halftime performance for blowing out the power.
February 1, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
There will be a lot of numbers and statistics bandied about on this holiest of sports weekends, but none will be as crucial for you to remember as the time the Super Bowl is set to begin. For those living in the Pacific time zone, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos will kick off at 3:30 p.m. PST on Sunday on Fox. But that isn't the only important time to remember for Sunday. For those wanting to make sitting in front of the TV an all-day affair, the Super Bowl love can begin at 9 a.m. Pacific with "Road to the Super Bowl," which is not a little-seen Bob Hope-Bing Crosby film but actually an hour-long look back at the season and how the Seahawks and Broncos came to play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Andre Braugher, of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Homicide: Life on the Street," narrates the NFL Films production.
February 4, 2013
Writers from around Tribune Co. choose their favorite Super Bowl commercial. Let us know which one you liked best. Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times Sweet horses, Fleetwood Mac, winner. Even for someone who hates beer, who gets a little queasy when there's even a hint of hops, the best Super Bowl ad was the Budweiser creation entitled "Brotherhood. " The company has used the iconic Clydesdale horse before but not with such a sweet-looking foal. The baby Clydesdale used in the ad was born on Jan. 16. There was an entire story told.
January 23, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Tickets for the Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers are down almost 12% on the resale market from last year's game, to an average of $3,278.39, the Bloomberg news service reports. There are about 4,200 tickets on the secondary market for the Feb. 3 game at the Superdome in New Orleans, according to ticket-aggregator TiqIQ . . . . Treasure Island is the site of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas.
January 24, 1986
Players, coaches and fans complain about the two-week delay between the conference championship football games and the Super Bowl. And no one can deny that the quality of all sports has improved with integration. Why not have the Super Bowl Sunday always precede the third Monday in January, the national holiday of Martin Luther King's birthday? We would all have a much better time in celebrating this apex of American football with a three-day holiday and it may prove to remind people that all things are done better when no one is excluded from the process.
July 2, 2009 | JERRY CROWE
Michael Jackson's career was in decline in January 1993, when the so-called "King of Pop" performed at halftime of the most recent Super Bowl played at the Rose Bowl. . . . Jackson's lip-syncing appearance was even less engrossing than the game, won by Troy Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys in a rout of the Buffalo Bills, and widely panned. . . .
April 3, 2014
Sandy Grossman, 78, a television sports director who oversaw broadcasts of a record 10 Super Bowls and introduced several innovations to TV sports coverage, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to his son Dean. Grossman won eight Emmys for his work in a career that spanned more than four decades. From early on, he sought to not just cover the action, but also humanize sports matches by concentrating on individuals. "A good football broadcast should be like a good novel," Grossman said in a 1980 Los Angeles Times interview.
March 18, 2014 | By August Brown
M.I.A. might want to hang onto all that cash-register-ringing  money she earned on "Paper Planes. " The NFL is asking for $16.6 million stemming from the fracas over her middle-finger gesture at the 2012 Super Bowl. The incident took place during M.I.A.'s halftime performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj, where the singer briefly flashed what looked like a raised middle finger at the cameras. The flicked digit came and went in a second, but the NFL took it personally. The league claims the singer-rapper, born Maya Arulpragasam, is in breach of a contract that stipulated her performance preserve the league's "reputation for wholesomeness.
February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
A bill has landed on the desk of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that local business leaders and others fear might cost the state next year's Super Bowl. Conceived by a conservative advocacy group and a Christian legal organization, Senate Bill 1062 would allow businesses to cite religious beliefs in refusing service to gay people and others. Brewer has until Saturday to either veto, sign or ignore it. The Arizona Super Bowl host committee joined the many groups against the bill. "On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential," the committee said . "We do not support this legislation.
February 22, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
For some it's the Super Bowl, for others Olympic ice hockey - but for many, Oscar producer Neil Meron believes, the season's big game takes place in black-tie. "The Oscars is a sport," Meron said in an interview Thursday from a small office backstage at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where a skeleton crew had assembled to start preparing for the Academy Awards on March 2. "There's the excitement of watching something live, as it happens. " Meron and his partner, Craig Zadan, are returning to produce the Oscars for a second year, this time bringing on Ellen DeGeneres as host for a second time and focusing the show on the theme of movie heroes, from Atticus Finch to Batman.
February 19, 2014 | Chris Erskine
The reigning Coolest Guy on the Planet is on the phone, sounding a lot like your old man. What? "I think when an employer pays you $2, you ought to give him $3 worth of work," Pete Carroll is saying from Seattle. Gather 'round, folks, for I'm about to pass along a gateway to the future - shiny as a Lombardi Trophy - where you make the most of every moment, don't whine, never quit, and refuse to worry about what your opponents are up to. It's a liberating new approach based on some fatherly old advice.
February 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The slew of storms that has pummeled the nation's Midwest and East Coast this winter has resulted in some horrible numbers: 77,000 canceled flights carrying nearly 6 million passengers so far this year. An additional 43 million people were on delayed flights. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina, about 1,000 passengers slept in the terminals Thursday night because of 675 canceled flights in and out of the airport. The airport offered cots, blankets and baby items to delayed travelers.
February 16, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
This year's Super Bowl was less than super for hotels in New York and New Jersey. Hotel occupancy rates for Super Bowl weekend were 61% in Bergen County, N.J., 79% in New York's Times Square area and 75% in New York's uptown and midtown areas, according to the hotel consulting and analytics firm STR Analytics. By contrast, hotels reached 99% occupancy in New Orleans during the 2013 Super Bowl and 91% in Indianapolis during the 2012 Super Bowl, according to STR Analytics. One possible reason for the lower occupancy rates this year is that the area in New York and New Jersey has more hotel rooms to offer, making sellouts less likely, said Christopher Heywood, a spokesman for NYC & Co., the city's tourism organization.
February 7, 2014
At the Broncos' official post-Super Bowl news conference, here was John Elway: "We got off to a slow start, got behind early and hung in there. We just played into their hand and were never able to get over the hump. " Here, now, is the post-massacre interview with Custer after Little Bighorn: "General, what happened out there today?" Custer: "Well, they showed us some packages we weren't familiar with and they jumped on us early. That's what they do. We really played into their hand.
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