LAST WEEK city officials in Pittsburgh said that because of budget concerns they were considering not throwing a parade for the Steelers if they won the Super Bowl. (On Monday, however, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced there would be one after all.) Here are a few other ways to trim Super Bowl--related expenses in these trying times:
? Instead of making it rain at local strip clubs, players and fans just make it drizzle steadily.
? Replace coin toss with rock, paper, scissors. This is no time to be throwing around money.
? Cheaper halftime show: just the E Street Band.
? Forget Disney World. Winners go to Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort in Erie.
? Instead of his choice of Cadillacs, MVP gets '74 Dodge Dart.
? Load postgame confetti cannons with shredded Bernie Madoff documents.
15 Minutes of Wow
THE BIG QUESTION after Sunday's game: Was that the best finish in Super Bowl history? In a word, yes. David Tyree's ball-on-helmet catch at the end of last year's game might have been a more spectacular play, but on the whole this year's fourth quarter was as good as it gets. On the last drive I was standing on the sidelines next to three-time Super Bowl winner Steve Young, who was giving a running commentary. He said that Ben Roethlisberger was "Montana-like." I can't imagine higher praise than that.
Drilling a Receiver