Super Bowl Sunday and the hype off the field

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By: Kevin Adshade

After two weeks of Super Bowl hype the game is at hand. For people who hate football but want to be sociable, feel free to ask questions of your more learned football friends and husbands or wives, but don't ask a lot of questions during the action because they tend to get annoying after awhile. Enjoy the commercials (except up here, where the really good ones get blacked out even though you're paying too much money for cable for that CBS feed or NBC feed, or whatever network is showing it this year), enjoy the half-time show and maybe place a wager with your co-partiers over how many times Beyonce will screw up her lip-synch timing; enjoy the food (surely you thought to bring or cook food, right? And not just potato chips or party mix, it's the Super Bowl, not another episode of Survivor to American Idol, so whip up some nachos or some kind of beef dip or something. Anything with bacon is OK, even if it's "just" bacon.

If you are relatively new to this game, over the course of the contest you'll see someone do a dance or a little pose, or flex his muscles. Not just after a really important play like a touchdown or a game-changing interception, but after a routine tackle or a four-yard-run. They do this because... well, I don't know why they do it so often. Maybe they think the millions of people watching on TV missed it the first time and they want your attention to revert back to the game so at least you can catch the replay. Or maybe it's because they're attention-seeking divas. I don't know for sure but I have a pretty good idea. 

You'll also hear a lot about Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, a sure-fire hall-of-famer who is retiring, but you probably won't hear about that time a dozen or so years ago when he was indicted on two murder charges, then ratted on his posse, who were acquitted anyway. Nope, the NFL won't want you to hear anything about that. You'll hear about the legendary Joe Montana, who won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s and never threw an interception in any of them. Joe Montana is maybe the greatest QB in football history and has a cool name for a quarterback, too. 

This game should be close. The Ravens should never have beaten the Denver Broncos three weeks ago, and are being picked by almost no one, and as much as they make me ill for reasons I won't get into again, their defence is good enough to keep them hanging around late in the game. The 49ers have a wicked defence, though, and the Ravens will need to find holes in the Niners' D. I just don't think they have very many. If they have any at all.

49ers win, 24-16.  

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Usually, we don't hear much about violence in the Middle East (they seem to only use violence over there as first and last resorts) but after an Egyptian judge last week sentenced 21 people to death in connection with a soccer melee that resulted in the idling of 74 people last February, more violence erupted and dozens more, as well as some police officers, were killed in the onslaught through city streets over the weekend.  Capital punishment is seen as barbaric in most civilized countries these days (except for in some parts of the U.S., like Texas), but they sure know how to handle soccer hooligans in Egypt. I'm not sure what it is about soccer that can occasionally result in fans maiming and killing each other. I think it's two things: alcohol, and the fact that because they're watching soccer, they're bored out of their minds and want some action. I know you or your kids might play soccer and it's great exercise and can help develop good social skills, but c'mon... seriously.

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Kevin Adshade is a sport columnist for The News.

Organizations: Baltimore Ravens, CBS, NFL Denver Broncos

Geographic location: Middle East, U.S., Texas Egypt

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