Sticking with his buddies from college
Posted: Saturday January 29, 2000 02:12 AM
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Joey Galloway dropped by the CNN/SI studios for a quick interview early Friday evening, and he spent a couple of minutes with CNNSI.com following his television interview.
Galloway said he is happy to be in Atlanta at his second Super Bowl, but that the weather at his only other Super Bowl appearance just slightly edged out the weather in Atlanta this week. His previous visit to the big game was at Dallas' 27-17 win over Pittsburgh in Tempe, Ariz. in Super Bowl XXX following his rookie season.
After holding out for the first half of the 1999 season, Galloway returned to manage only 22 catches for 335 yards and one touchdown in eight games. It is expected that the Seahawks will try to deal Galloway in the offseason, and giving in to the rumors for just a second, Galloway fantasized about one possible scenario.
"Playing with Brett Favre would be very attractive," Galloway said with a smile. "I think that [Antonio] Freeman has reaped the benefits of playing with Favre the past couple years. I'm not going to worry about that, but playing with Brett Favre would definitely be a joy."
Galloway could've been torn on his pick for the big game with fellow Ohio State Buckeyes on both rosters, but he settled on the Titans for personal reasons.
"Chris Sanders was one of my roommates all through college, and I work out a lot with Eddie [George] in the summer, so I'm pulling for the Titans in this one," Galloway said. "[Rams offensive tackle] Orlando Pace is a great player and I'm glad I had the chance to play with him. It's big for Ohio State. ... We have key players in this game, and everybody is real excited about it."
Galloway goes on the record saying that the Titans will need to find some offense to down the high-scoring Rams, but he thinks that Tennessee will prevail 31-28.
The Fad-tastic 'Bob and Weave'
The St. Louis Rams sport this year's version of "The Dirty Bird," and they have Muhammad Ali to thank.
According to SIKids.com associate editor Michael Northrop, Rams running back Marshall Faulk credits Ali, who also coined the "Ali Shuffle," for inspiring the Rams to put on their dancing shoes.
Faulk recalled that following a special teams practice one day, the Rams, as was their tradition, gathered around the VCR and watched videos of famous sporting events, which they used as inspiration. On this day, the Rams were watching a tape of one of the Ali-Joe Frazier fights.
Some of the players tried mimicking Ali's moves and the "Bob and Weave" was born. According to Faulk, imitating Ali was, well, as difficult as they make it look in the end zone dance.
"Ali's an elusive guy," he said.
Tennessee linebacker Joe Bowden was seen at a press conference wearing a Pokemon cap.
When asked about it, he explained, "Just trying to keep up with my son [Jaylon]."
It will certainly be easier than keeping an eye on Marshall Faulk.
Maybe it's the short week. Or maybe it's the small market factor. Whatever it is, a Gallup Poll has shown that fans have little or no memory of the two teams involved in Sunday's Super Bowl, and if they do, they don't care.
According to a national telephone poll of 1,045 adults, aged 18 and over, contacted between January 13 and 16, 39 percent of those polled didn't know either of the teams that was playing.
Needless to say, the pollees had trouble naming a player on either side. Fifty-one percent of those polled could not name a player on either team. The top player was St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner, who was named by 14 percent of the people. "Other" was next at 10.
More bad news for the image-conscious NFL: Only 22 percent of those polled said they would attend a Super Bowl party, and a mere 13 percent said they would play their office pool. But this cloud does have a silver lining. A whopping 65 percent planned to watch the game on television.
Elway sticks with AFC, picks Titans
When football fans think of the career of John Elway, they immediately think of "The Drive." Elway's new walk of life will have fans associating him with "The hard drive."
The former Denver Broncos quarterback and Super Bowl XXXIII MVP came to CNNSI.com studios to talk with Paul Crane and promote MVP.com, his online sports products web site, which he runs with Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky.
Elway said even though he's only been out of football for a year, "it seems more like five," and added that he doesn't miss the grind of the game, but Super Bowl week is still special.
He had mixed emotions when asked which posed a greater advantage, a one-week layoff or two.
"With two weeks, it's so hectic the first week, but after that you get to enjoy the surroundings a little bit," Elway said. "As far as one week, it's easier to stay in the routine. It'll make a better game."
Who'll win on Sunday? Elway says he's picking Tennessee, "because I'm an AFC guy."
Titans will stay put Saturday
One of the time-honored Super Bowl traditions is for teams to transfer to a different, secret hotel the night before the game. Usually, that is done so the players can get proper rest and can be removed from the distractions caused by the crowds that build as the week progresses.
However, CNNSI.com's John Giannone reports, the Titans will dispense with that tradition and remain in their hotel 10 miles from the Georgia Dome. The reason is because Coach Jeff Fisher stresses consistency . . . and because the players' families are in a hotel across the street from the Titans' compound.
If it ain't broke . . .
As a newly elected member of the NFL competition committee, Fisher was asked what changes he would push for next season.
"I don't think we should change the game much," Fisher told CNNSI.com's John Giannone. "But I believe in the importance of player safety. And I want to push for better relations between coaching staffs and the officiating department."
After the video-replay help he has received this postseason, you can rest assured that Fisher has NO problem with officials these days.
¿Como se dice Jaguars?
Everyone is familiar with Fred Taylor's versatility with the football, but earlier today at the CNN/Sports Illustrated studios, the Jacksonville running back got a chance to prove his versatility behind the microphone.
After filming an interview with CNN/Sports Illustrated's Laura Okmin, Taylor was asked to read a promo for "CNNenEspanol."
Taylor's spokesperson, Maryse Robinson, director of public relations and marketing for Worldwide Entertainment and Sports, scripted it out, and after a few minutes sitting under the glaring lights, he looked into the camera and spoke.
"Me llamo Fred Taylor para los Jacksonville Jaguars. CNNenEspanol es numero uno!"
He flashed a big grin and raised his index finger.
Taylor, who speaks little Spanish -- basically what he remembers from the two years of it he studied in high school -- needed four takes, but to his credit had no problem with the Spanish. His main stumbling block was following CNN with "Espanol" instead of "SI."
"It was real fun," said Taylor after doing an interview for CNNSI.com.
As far as the prospect of doing broadcasting after football, Taylor smiled and said, "It was a real challenge. I love a challenge and I love improving things I'm not good at."
Rams, Titans moving indoors
After two days of ignoring the cold weather, the NFL has finally relented and has permitted the St. Louis Rams and Tennessee Titans to practice inside the Georgia Dome.
The Titans will practice from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, followed by the Rams at 3 p.m.
To accommodate the teams, the NFL changed the times of its halftime music show rehearsals, which had been scheduled for the Dome.
Both teams had been practicing at outdoor facilities, with the Rams holding camp at the Atlanta Falcons' facility in Suwanee, while the Titans practiced at Georgia Tech.
Many flights to Atlanta canceled
Fans expecting to fly to Atlanta on Friday for Sunday's Super Bowl received some bad news, courtesy of Delta Airlines.
According to CNN.com, Delta on Friday canceled flights from 7 a.m. EST to 3 p.m. EST into and out of Hartsfield International Airport -- one of the world's busiest -- in anticipation of a winter storm expected to drop up to 5 inches of sleet and snow on Atlanta.
More cancellations are likely, said Delta emergency spokesman Dan Lewis. "Because of the difficult weather conditions and because of the volume of people Hartsfield serves, we are taking measures to help prevent stranded passengers," Lewis said.
Right now, it seems that the Weather Channel may turn out to be the most-watched Super Bowl pregame show.
Book 'em, Dan-O
About the only thing more common than people watching the Super Bowl will be people betting on it.
According to Mike Fish of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the game is likely to draw as much as $76 million dollars in legally wagered bets. At least as much is thought to be wagered illegally around the country.
According to Fish, the only sporting event that is comparable is the NCAA Tournament, and that action is spread over most of a month.
"The Super Bowl tends to bring in more of the general public, plus we have to still play against the wise guys, the professional gamblers," said Cesar Robaina of Las Vegas Sports Consultants. "So we put out a number that we hope will balance the action on both teams."
Arnie Wexler, who runs a national hotline for compulsive gamblers (1-888-LAST BET), told the Atlanta paper that he gets 20 percent of his calls at Super Bowl time. The National Council on Problem Gambling averages more than 30,000 calls on Super Bowl weekend.
"Super Bowl Sunday to the compulsive gambler is like New Year's Eve to the alcoholic," said Wexler, who is a recovering compulsive gambler. "I don't think people even care about the teams in the game. The Super Bowl is the Super Bowl."
Bathing Las Vegas
It's been a crazy NFL season. And in Las Vegas this weekend, it could get even crazier if the St. Louis Rams win it all, as they are touchdown favorites to do.
Like John Madden said at the conclusion of the NFC Championship Game, no one could have predicted St. Louis and Tennessee in the Super Bowl. That includes the oddsmakers, who made the Rams 200-to-1 long shots to win it all prior to the start of the season. They were 150-to-1 as late as week three.
"People wanted St. Louis out for that reason," Cesar Robaina of Las Vegas Sports Consultants told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Who you callin' small market?
Much of the criticism railed at the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams is that they both come from small markets. That criticism may no longer hold true for the city of St. Louis, says Christopher Carey of The Post-Dispatch.
According to Forbes magazine, following the Rams' 4-12 1998 season, the franchise was appraised at $322 million, thanks largely to the lease and financial incentives the team got when it moved from Anaheim, Calif., to St. Louis three years earlier.
This ranked the Rams among the NFL's 15 most valuable franchises, despite being one of the decade's least successful ones.
"That ensures the public that its investment is protected," he said.
The Trans World Dome was financed with $256 million in revenue bonds. The money will be repaid over 30 years, with the total contributions from the state, the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County totaling $720 million.
That figure translates to roughly $277 for every man, woman and child in the metropolitan area. The Rams' winning ways have quieted many of the critics who argued that the public paid too dearly to bring back professional football after the St. Louis Cardinals defected to the Arizona desert in 1988.
But winning has changed the way people are thinking about the investment. As Bruce Sommer, who oversees the Dome and the rest of America's Center, told the Post-Dispatch, "It's like the old adage, 'Volume covers up a multitude of sins.' People are happy, and when people are happy there are fewer complaints."
"What's in a name?" may be the question most frequently asked of Tennessee defensive back Anthony Dorsett.
The answer is not necessarily what you'd think.
"A burden? It's never been a burden. It's been a blessing," the son of legendary running back Tony Dorsett told The Tennessean, seeming almost confused by the question.
"I never really thought I had to live up to his reputation or anything like that," he said. "Growing up it was always a case where, 'That's just my dad.' I never looked at him as being Tony Dorsett.
"I chose to go by Anthony instead of Tony because I am Anthony and not Tony and I've always tried to make my own trail. I never tried to be a guy that would just follow behind my father."
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