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You know lots of people in the news go to great lengths to be politically correct and not offend anyone in this crazy world in which we live in. Then the local news this week reports a case of the measles is confirmed in Chicagoland and they show a picture of a guy with RED MEASLE SPLOTCHES all over his body. And then they stay on it a good 10-15 seconds which they presume will NOT to offend anyone. That my friends is why you never should watch the TV news while eating dinner.

Not to be out done, in the summer whenever the first case of West Nile Virus is reported there is inevitably a picture of this guy, who obviously lost a bet on the Super Bowl, with his hand INSIDE a glass case with thousands of mosquitoes swarming around said hand. Nobody’s offended by that either.

But speaking of the Super Bowl (10 segue points please) …

Here’s a fun five fact quiz about the Super Bowl. Let’s see how good the Wedwand readers are:

1) Fans anxiously awaited the very first Super Bowl held in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1967 and tickets to the game were sold out.

True or False?

2) Which team has never won a Super Bowl?

A) Green Bay Packers
B) Chicago Bears
C) Buffalo Bills
D) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
E) St. Louis Rams

3) Which artist has NEVER performed at halftime of the Super Bowl?

A) Chubby Checker
B) Carol Channing
C) Sting
D) The Rolling Stones
E) New Kids On The Block

4) Which Metropolitan City area has NEVER hosted a Super Bowl?

A) Detroit
B) Minneapolis
C) New York
D) Seattle
E) Atlanta

5) Which sportscaster never announced a Super Bowl?

A) Greg Gumbel
B) Dick Enberg
C) Al Michaels
D) Frank Gifford
E) Howard Cosell

ANSWERS

1) FALSE. 61,946 were in attendance that day at the Los Angeles Coliseum which had a capacity of 99,000. Over 30,000 seats were empty. In fact, it wasn’t even called ”The Super Bowl” then. The game didn’t take on that name until the third game which they dubbed Super Bowl III. It was however, the only Super Bowl aired by two networks, NBC and CBS.

2) C) The Buffalo Bills. They were there four times but never won. Same for the Minnesota Vikings.

3) C) Sting. Even harder to believe than the NKOB performing is that Carol Channing was featured in at least two Super Bowl half time shows.

4) D) Seattle. Last year’s champions and this year’s finalists have never hosted the event.

5) E) Howard Cosell. Though one of the original voices of Monday night Football, Cosell never was a part of a Super Bowl Broadcast Team.

Have a Super Sunday and we hope Wedwand has given you some fun facts to share over your pizza, nachos and brew this Super Sunday. Thanks for reading.

FOOTNOTE: This week’s cover photo is not Carrot Top’s wig, but official Chicago Bear pom poms from the year they went to Super Bowl XX in New Orleans. It was the only Super Bowl I ever attended, a 46-10 crushing of the very New England Patriots who will participate in this year’s event.

I always loved this song which reminds me of that weekend.

SPORTS OF COURSE.

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It’s all about sports these next few weeks.

THE NHL All Star Game is in Columbus, Ohio this Sunday, January 25. Hopefully, this event is not too exciting, because when THE Ohio State University won THE NCAA football title two weeks ago, THE Columbus Fire Department said 89 fires were reported near THE Ohio State campus between 1:00 AM and 4:45 AM. Fires on THE ice can be detrimental to a hockey game so Wedwand hopes THE Ohio State fans refrain from setting fire to THE ice.

The NBA All Star Weekend is in Brooklyn February 13- 15. The game is on Sunday the 15th, but the highlight just may be the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I Love You” like a sweaty NBA guard dribbling a ball right handed while eating and likely dribbling a Chalupa with his left hand. Be sure to have your Valentine tune in to this one with you. And if you happen to persuade her to make this a part of your Valentine’s Day celebration, enjoy the action on the court, because you surely will get no action later.

Sandwiched in between that is Super Bowl XLIX, or as some prefer to call it as it is phonetically pronounced, Super Bowl Ex-Lax. This event happens on February 1. The NFL game these days relies on the passing game, but don’t forget the power of runs. (Ex-Lax can I get some sponsor money here?)

The Super Bowl this year features the Green Bay, uh, no wait, last minute edit since they lost in epic fashion to the Seattle Seahawks who will play the New England Patriots.

The Seahawks advanced to the Super Bowl in the rain, despite giving away four intercepted balls. In the final three minutes, they ran the ball in, floated a ball across the field for 2 extra points, recovered an onside ball, and threw the ball for a 35 yard bomb in overtime for an unprecedented comeback victory.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, also in the rain, the Patriots were deflating their balls. The result, a ball crushing 45-7 victory. Perhaps, the deflation of the balls is more effective.

The Super Bowl is an annual event and perhaps one of the most entertaining moments of the buildup is Media Day.

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding Super Bowl Ex-Lax, Wedwand wonders if any of these questions will be asked. Here’s our Top 5 that we hope for:

5. Do you think the key to victory is your ability run the ball or throw the ball or just have lucky balls?
4. Tom Brady, will your balls be deflated or not for the Super Bowl?
3. Russell Wilson, does the size of your balls matter in the big game?
2. Since the game will be played indoors, does it matter how inflated your balls are?
And if Wedwand was able to get a press pass by virtue of outstanding blogging, this is the number one question the camel would ask:
1. Balls in or balls out?

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