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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Super Bowl Week: Journalism and hedonism concentrated in 7 days

This is usually the week when I miss my former sports writing job the most.

From 1991 to 2002, I was a sportswriter at the now defunct San Antonio Light, the Hartford Courant, the Washington (D.C.) Times, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. From 1995 to 1999, I was the Star-Telegram's Cowboys/NFL reporter. And just like the players from Arizona and Pittsburgh, this time of year was Super Bowl week for me as well.


I covered four Super Bowls for the Star-Telegram. (I found my Super Bowl credentials in an old box. Don't laugh at the bad mustache). It wasnt the game that was exciting. Most of the games are blowouts (though John Elway's Denver Broncos win over the Packers did come down to the last few minutes). No, the fun part about the week was the travel (My Super Bowls were in Tempe, Arizona; New Orleans; San Diego; and Miami); and meeting up with all your old sports writing friends.


Our day would start at 9 or 10 with player interviews, we'd have lunch and write our stories. And if there was a player you didnt get to interview, no worry, because someone from the NFL tape-recorded every interview. Didn't hear Troy Aikman talk about how the Cowboys planned to use Deion Sanders on offense? Didn't hear John Elway talk about his icy relationship with Dan Reeves? Just walk on over to a table where everything that was ever said during the week is on pages and pages of quote sheets.


Literally, you could cover the Super Bowl without ever leaving your hotel room.


But what fun would that be.


We'd usually arrive in town a week before the game. The newspaper you worked for picked up the entire tab. But they made sure you worked. And if the team you covered during the regular season was in the Super Bowl, that was probably the hardest week of the season. The Cowboys went to the Super Bowl one time when I was on the beat, in Jan. 1996, where they beat the Steelers in Tempe, Arizona. So I was up to my eyeballs with stories to write.


Yet I still managed to have fun, staying at the The Buttes, a very swank hotel, having the company rent me my own cell phone (Hey, it was a big deal in the mid 1990s to have one of those), driving around in a convertible Mustang, eating fancy dinners and going to one NFL/celebrity party after another.


In New Orleans for the Packers-Patriots Super Bowl, it was Bourbon Street (pre-Katrina) and one Hurricane drink after another; It was the Gas Light District in San Diego and it was Miami Beach in Miami.


Yeah, Super Bowl week was like a buffet: all the hedonism you could take.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Burger said...

You lucky SOB Kev. So you must've covered the SB when Eugene Robinson got caught soliciting a hooker (Den vs. Atlanta).

Yeah, that Super Bowl where Elway won his first remains one of my favorites.

What a great job you had...(sigh)

January 29, 2009 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger rolf said...

What a cool job Kevin. Regardless of the "industry" i think it must be cool when someone has a job that allows them inside the ropes at these world watched functions. Same reason I've always thought it would be fun to work behind the scenes on a major movie. Enjoyed the post. And being from Pittsburgh I must say "Go Steelers"!

January 29, 2009 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

That sounds like so much fun, and I don't even like football.

January 29, 2009 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

what a sweet job. i hope i have a job i actually think is cool one day, or at least sounds exciting (interesting) when someone asks.

January 29, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

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