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JOE BIDDLE: Super Bowl passes test of times

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"I'm not here to cause no trouble, I'm just here to do the Super Bowl shuffle.''

That clever song and dance takes me back to Super Bowl XX, when the Chicago Bears players sang it in a video taped prior to the Super Bowl. The Buddy Ryan coached defense, featuring former Tennessee State defensive end Richard Dent, shut down the New England Patriots, 46-10. The Bears defense had a Super Bowl record seven sacks.

Dent was voted MVP of the Super Bowl and is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mike Ditka wasn't doing a pre-game TV show. He was the Bears head coach.

Today's Super Bowl XLVIII will be played in a state that starts with New – New Jersey. There is also New York City across the river, which is where many fans and corporate parties are located.

But the best Super Bowl site in these eyes is also a city that starts with New, but the site of the 1986 Super Bowl was played in New Orleans.

New Orleans has everything needed to make a Super Bowl an exciting, memorable week for players, fans and media.

New Orleans is the classic model for what a big event city should be. They have great restaurants, both on and off the beaten path. They have entertainment all up and down the French Quarter. You can get as much debauchery as the hardiest NFL fan can handle. Where else can you have men throwing Mardi Gras beads to women lining the Quarter's balconies in return for a blown kiss and, well, let's move on.

New Orleans is a walking town, or at the worst, a short cab ride anywhere you need to go. Everything is centrally located.

The Superdome takes all the inclement weather problems out of the equation. The NFL and players stage charity golf tournaments during Super Bowl week. I didn't see any outdoor events taking place in New York/Jersey this week and it looks like the Big Apple area will dodge an Arctic blast on Game Day.

We certainly won't see Denver's Peyton Manning or Seattle's Russell Wilson duplicating what Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon did in Super Bowl XX when he mooned a local TV station's helicopter, as it was shooting film of him walking down the Quarter. Film at ten.

Many would claim those were the good old days, days we will never see again because the Super Bowl has become a giant corporate event that locks the true fans out of the picture. I don't know if they were the good old days, but they were sure the fun old days.

Personally, this New York/New Jersey Super Bowl will be remembered for the first ever Super Bowl that longtime Miami Herald columnist Edwin Pope missed. He was there for Super Bowl I, when a ticket to the game cost $6. Six dollars would be considered stiffing a restroom attendant in New York/New Jersey.

The late Edgar Allen, who spent his sports writing career at the now defunct Nashville Banner, covered Super Bowl I for the paper. What is now the Pro Bowl was to be played the day after Super Bowl I and the media and the Pro Bowl players were staying in the same hotel in Los Angeles. As Allen was leaving the hotel, two or three Pro Bowl players asked him if they could catch a ride with him to the Coliseum.

They carried Allen's manual typewriter and his briefcase to the car and had a friendly conversation on the way to the Super Bowl.

After the game, which was won by Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, Lombardi held a small press conference. At the end Allen introduced himself to Lombardi and informed him that he worked with Banner Sports Editor Fred Russell. Those were the magic words. Lombardi took Allen in the locker room and they sat down and Lombardi answered any question Allen had about the game.

Imagine those things happening today. Pro Bowlers and a sports writer riding in the same car to the Super Bowl? Carrying his computer? The winning Super Bowl coach inviting a sports writer he just met into the locker room for a one-on-one post-game interview?

It seems to me those good old days weren't too bad.

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