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Even without the special glasses, those three-dimensional Diet Coke ads shown at halftime looked more realistic than most TV fare. That's because the spots were filmed at 60 frames a second rather than the usual 24 or 30, thus presenting fresh images to the eye twice as often.
By the way, if you wore the glasses and couldn't tell that the picture was 3-D, see an eye doctor. The American Optometric Association says that people unable to pick up the 3-D effect may have deficient eye coordination.
Three weeks ago, in the Bengals' 21-13 AFC semifinal win over Seattle, Cincinnati running back Stanley Wilson scored the first playoff touchdown of his six-year career. Wilson appeared to have overcome the drug abuse that had led to his suspension by the NFL for the entire 1985 and '87 seasons.
"Mentally I feel great," he said after the Seattle game. "It's almost like there were two different people there. The person I was two years ago would have no conception of what I'm like today. It's like being reborn."
On Sunday morning the NFL declared Wilson ineligible for the Super Bowl for allegedly having violated the league's substance-abuse policy. League officials said he ran afoul of that policy on Saturday. A source close to the team told SI that Wilson was found Saturday night "crumpled on the floor" of the bathroom of his hotel room with cocaine lying next to him. Later that night, he slipped away from Bengal staff watching him at the hotel. "He has no money," said the source. "He's out on the streets of Miami. He got away down a fire escape. We don't know where he is," said the source.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
All week the Bengals' Sam Wyche and the 49ers' Bill Walsh downplayed their widely praised coaching abilities. Wyche recalled how he contributed to game strategy during his years under Walsh as a quarterback ( Cincinnati, 1968 through '70) and assistant coach ( San Francisco, '79 through '82). "If I thought an idea wouldn't work, it went in the game plan, right away," Wyche said. Walsh, alluding to his former pupil's innovations, such as the no-huddle offense, said, "He's Star Wars compared to what we do in San Francisco."
Walsh apparently forgot that when it comes to Star Wars, the 49ers have the league's foremost authority. Linebacker Riki Ellison works in the off-season as a research analyst for Lockheed in Sunnyvale, Calif. His job is to make presentations to government officials on the Strategic Defense Initiative, the controversial defense program better known as Star Wars.