Super Bowl Notes

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb is going to the Super Bowl. Well, he’s going to Texas for Super Bowl week, but he’ll be working for ESPN, not the Redskins. McNabb will serve as a guest analyst next week for ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl XLV, providing his thoughts on the game, teams and players. The safe guess is that a Redskins question or three also might pop up. “We’re excited to have Donovan back on ESPN as a part of our Super Bowl coverage,” said ESPN senior coordinating producer Stephanie Druley. “We worked with him in previous years and he always has strong opinions and great insights on the game, the teams and especially the quarterback position.” — Washington Post

Steelers defensive star spending big on Super Bowl trip

Steelers NT Casey Hampton’s “crib” isn’t in Dallas. He was born in Galveston, a city on the Gulf of Mexico. A few years ago, he moved to nearby Houston. His relatives and closest friends coming to the Super Bowl will have roughly a 240-mile drive to Dallas this week. Hampton, a five-time Pro Bowler, is personally taking care of their Super Bowl arrangements. He’s renting a house for them in Dallas. He figures that beats paying for their airfare and hotel rooms. And for at least 15 family members and friends, he’s purchased their tickets at $900 a pop. “It’s going to be expensive for me,” he said. “So from that standpoint, it’s not going to be a good thing.” Whatever Hampton ends up spending for his entourage’s Super Bowl stay, no one feels sorry for him. His base salary this season is $4 million. Plus, Hampton and the rest of the Steelers have already pocketed $21,000 for winning the divisional-round playoff game against the Ravens and $38,000 for the AFC Championship Game against the Jets. If the Steelers beat the Packers in Super Bowl XLV, each player gets $83,000 more (the loser’s share is $42,000). — Beaver County Times

Green Bay goes crazy for Raji TD dance

Celebrations in Green Bay are sure to include the new trademark move of a certain nose tackle. Super Bowl fever is taking over Green Bay. There are songs on the radio about the Packers. The latest video celebrates B.J. Raji’s game-winning interception touchdown dance. The students and faculty over at UW-Green Bay put together a video called “Teach Me How to Raji.” Raji admits, he’s seen it. “I did. I got a kick out of it. Pretty interesting it got out so quick. I didn’t know it would be such a big hit. Just goes to show the support you get from the Green Bay fans, it’s great to be a part of it.” Now will his dance sweep the nation? “It is,” Raji said. “It’s pretty funny. It’s exciting, not the usual; that’s why guys have jumped on it for the most part, it’s just fun.” — WBAY

Tickets to Super Bowl have gone up 8,900%

The face value of a ticket for the Super Bowl since 1967 has outpaced inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index –8,900 percent to less than 600 per cent, according to broker-dealer ConvergEx. — Reuters

Super Bowl commercial time huge this decade

From 2001 through 2010, the Super Bowl has accounted for over seven hours of commercial time, representing more than 850 announcements and $1.62 billion of network advertising sales, according to Kantar Media. Nielsen found last year that 51 per cent of those polled tuned in more to watch the commercials than the Super Bowl.– Reuters

Packers/Steelers Super Bowl good for U.S. Stock Market

The matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers is a good sign as U.S. market returns top 20 per cent annually when either team plays, according to a tongue-in-cheek analysis by Capital IQ, a unit of Standard & Poor’s. — Reuters

Super Bowl merchandise spending to reach $10.1 billion

Spending in the United States on Super Bowl-related merchandise, apparel and snacks is expected to reach $10.1 billion, or an average of $59.33 per consumer, up from $8.9 billion, or $52.63 per consumer, last year, according to a survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association. — Reuters

More people to attend Super Bowl game than live in Green Bay?

NFL officials are expecting a record 105,000 people to attend Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the latest estimate for the population of Green Bay is 101, 412. There are caveats on each side, of course. “Only” 95,000 people will actually be in the stadium for the game. The other 10,000 or so apparently will watch on giant HD projection screens located on a party plaza just outside of the stadium — at the tidy price of $200 per person. NFL officials will count those fans toward official attendance. As for Green Bay, keep in mind that the population for the greater Brown County area is much larger. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that total to be 247,319. Considering that Lambeau Field is across the street from the Green Bay-Ashwaubenon line, it’s pretty relevant point. — NFC North Blog

 

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