Even if the Green Bay Packers don't (gasp!) play in Super Bowl 52 next February on Minnesota turf, Wisconites should make the trip west, say organizers for the event in a recently launched digital campaign. The state's Super Bowl Host Committee has published online a fictional series of, "Tweets we'd like to see." The fake Twitter exchanges can be viewed on the host committee's real Twitter feed @mnsuperbowl2018 or on mnsuperbowl.com For example, a Tweet from: @PaulBunyan_MN Go big or go home, that's how I roll. So I'm bringing my Babe to the #mnsuperbowl and #boldnorthfestival. You should too! #largerthanlife #10daysoffun Others: @MN_Nice: Willing to supsend all Minnesota-Iowa rivalry during 10 days of Super Bowl fun next February. No jokes at your expense. #wedonthateiowa #wemakefunofwisconsinnow @PeopleofIA: Normally don't go north for the winter, but count us in. Love a good 10-day party. No one laughs at your jokes anyway. #lovetolaughatbadgers … [Read more...] about Super Bowl Committee sending online invites to the neighbors
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I figured this might be a good week to get one Super Bowl 50 advance warning out of the way: I say this from the experience of attending more than 30 Super Bowls. I also say this because I am a media member who has done his share of griping and bitching and complaining. It’s something that people in my business do, sometimes for legitimate reasons but usually just because it’s more fun to do than saying everything is perfect. And I can already see what’s ahead for SB50 from my media colleagues. Because while covering 49ers and Raiders games this season, I have already been answering many out-of-town writers and broadcasters’ questions about the February 7 game at Levi’s Stadium — as well as the folderol of the week leading up to the kickoff. By far, my colleagues’ largest concern is logistics. The media headquarters hotel is in San Francisco. The media center is in San Francisco. The teams are practicing at Stanford and … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown–17 Weeks To Go: Be ready for media griping in February. Just because.
Peter King has been a friend of mine for a major while, long before he became the Christopher Columbus of online NFL coverage by sailing what were then uncharted waters with his “Monday Morning Quarterback” blog for Sports Illustrated. Peter and I worked together when we were both handsome very young men at the Cincinnati Enquirer in the early 1980’s. (See photo.) Peter then went off to Newsday and covered the New York Giants, then moved on to SI as the magazine’s NFL point man.Peter King Since then, as we’ve both matured into handsome old guys, you know what’s happened. Peter, almost before anyone else, convinced his bosses that the internet and online journalism was an opportunity to be leveraged, not a problem to be solved. He’s now got his own SI subsidiary (link here: http://mmqb.si.com/, appears frequently on national television and still works as hard at covering the pro game as anyone I know. Me, Peter and our beautiful wives out to … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown
End of the line, let’s make this relatively short: Congratulations to John Ryan for clinching this year’s panel championship–I think it’s either his third or fourth season victory (after a very-non-first finish last year). I’ve had some math issues adding up JR’s tallies in recent weeks, but I’m pretty sure/I hope I’ve got it right this time. And no matter what I’m giving him the title unless there are recount demands from 2/3rds of the states in the union. (Side note: I was awful this season. No way around that one.) I’ll be adding the other panelists’ picks as they come in. 1. RYAN (last edition 1-1, overall 34-23-4)/ * NEW ENGLAND (-3) over Atlanta: This has to be the most perfect line ever set for a Super Bowl. It hasn’t moved a half-point since it opened. And for good reason, with the Belichick/Brady tandem having played all six Super Bowls decided by three or four points. But I’m going to say New … [Read more...] about Super Bowl pick: Sorry Kyle, but I’ll take New England (-3) to do what it usually does in Super Bowls not involving the NY Giants
(File photo.) —Straight from today’s Merc website (MY VERSION)/ SAN FRANCISCO–Jim Harbaugh invaded Super Bowl 50 Radio Row on Friday, conquered all he saw, and you better believe he’s sticking around for a while. That includes Sunday’s little football game at Levi’s Stadium, which, of course, Harbaugh has not entered since he was fired by Jed York and Trent Baalke in December 2014. He’s coming back, bigger and rowdier than ever. The 49ers shrunk after he left; Harbaugh zipped off Michigan, his alma mater, and has only grown larger and more celebrated. “My daughter Grace and wife Sarah and I are working on some tickets and planning on going.” I think we can presume that Harbaugh has enough pull to land the tickets and that he will not mind if the camera finds him a time or two before, during and after Carolina vs. Denver. He was a star among stars at the Media Center on Friday, racing through a series of national interviews and … [Read more...] about Jim Harbaugh at Super Bowl 50: He’s bigger and happier than ever, and the 49ers are smaller