Wilbon Checks In
Okay, I guess I'm officially blogging...for the first time. It's 10 p.m., just 20 hours or so before Super Bowl XLI and I've landed in Cleveland where it's 6 degrees, or 75 degrees cooler than it was in Miami when I left at 6 p.m.
I'm here in Cleveland because by new ABC gig, doing pre-game and halftime at the Sunday NBA game-of-the-week, calls for me to be here for Pistons-Cavaliers at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, the appetizer portion of Super Bowl Sunday.
I spent all week in Miami writing columns for The Post on the Super Bowl, so I'm ready to do battle with Mr. Monday Night during the game tomorrow.
I'm not sure why ANYBODY would participate in this silliness while a game is going on. But it appears to be the way of the world...
I know people who regularly read the Chat House will wonder if I'm bummed out to not be in Miami watching my Chicago Bears in person...the answer is, NO.
Covering the Super Bowl is a 12-hour day, at least, and I don't ever really enjoy the day. So, this is kind of a relief. I'll do halftime here in The Q (where Justin Timberlake is performing as we speak) and then walk back to my hotel and actually watch the game.
I haven't actually watched the Super Bowl on TV since 1986, Jan. 26, which is the last time the Chicago Bears were in it. I wasn't covering pro football for The Post yet...I was on the college football and college basketball beat...
Since then, I've covered 21 straight Super Bowls, which is to say, all of them. Until now. So, there's a bit of symmetry to this whole thing, that I won't be there again when the Bears play. Desmond Clark, the Bears starting tight end, told me it was my civic duty as a Bears fan to get the hell out of Miami since I wasn't at the '85 Super Bowl and they won...
So, TK and I will embark on this new adventure tomorrow. I'll get to see the commericals and pre-game shows and hear the announcers, all stuff I haven't done since I was 27 years old...That's a long time. The Super Bowl has gone through quite some evolution since then.
Can't wait until 6:25 eastern Sunday...MW
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