|With rain in the forecast, roof is closed for Super Bowl|
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|Sunday, 03 February 2008 12:46|
It's the 13th time the Super Bowl has been played indoors. Last year, Indianapolis and Chicago played in a downpour in South Florida's Dolphin Stadium.
Two of New England's first three Super Bowl victories came in domes - a 32-29 victory over Carolina in Houston's Reliant Stadium in 2004 and a 20-17 win over St. Louis in New Orleans' Superdome in 2002.
BRADY BOOSTER: Mitt Romney says he and Tom Brady exchanged e-mails a day before the Super Bowl, but the Republican presidential candidate says they didn't talk politics.
Romney, campaigning Sunday in Illinois, told reporters he traded e-mails on Saturday with Brady.
The New England Patriots quarterback was in Arizona preparing for the Super Bowl against the New York Giants.
e sent him a message on his Blackberry and Brady replied with kind words.
Romney said: ``He's not endorsing anybody. For all I know he's a fan of somebody else.''
Romney waved his Blackberry and joked that he sent Brady a couple of plays.
Then he added: ``I wish he'd send me a couple of plays.''
NOT A BRADY BOOSTER: A bar named Brady's in New York? Not on Super Bowl Sunday!
The owner of an Upper East Side establishment called Brady's changed his bar's name to Manning's, in honor of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Dan Brady made the name change on Thursday. He said he had gotten a call from city officials looking for ways the city could show support for the home team in its championship match against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.
Dan Brady, a longtime Giants season ticket holder, agreed to make the change, and now the signs on the outside walls of his bar read Manning's.
``It's great, it's been a blast for myself and my family,'' he said Sunday. The bar was named after his father, the original owner.
How long the signs stay up depends on the Giants. A win would help.
GIANTS FANS FOR A DAY: Former Miami coach Don Shula, who led the 1972 Dolphins to a 17-0 record, watched the game from a suite.
riots threaten to match his team's perfect-season achievement, his comments could be interpreted as sour grapes.
``I'm probably not the guy that should have said it,'' Shula said then. ``I think a lot of people, when I said it, perceived it as helping yourself.''
With the 18-0 Patriots poised to join them as an unbeaten team, the '72 Dolphins have had a high profile during Super Bowl week. Jim Kiick, Garo Yepremian, Larry Little and Mercury Morris gathered Friday in what might have been their last media briefing as the NFL's only undefeated team. The Dolphins traditionally uncork champagne when the last remaining unbeaten team loses every season.
EXTRA POINTS: Lt. Col. Greg Gadson, who lost both legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq and has been an inspirational figure for the team this season, addressed the Giants at their headquarters hotel in Chandler on Saturday night.
Gadson spoke of ``pride, poise, team and belief in each other,'' according to Pat Hanlon, a team spokesman. Gadson played football at Army, where he was a teammate of New York receivers coach Mike Sullivan. ... The first Giant on the field Sunday afternoon was placekicker Lawrence Tynes, who appeared by himself more than two hours before kickoff. Tynes' 47-yard field goal in overtime beat Green Bay in the NFC championship game, sending the Giants to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1991. ... Ninety minutes before kickoff, the video board showed welcome messages from New England's Randy Moss, Richard Seymour and Tedy Bruschi and New York's Michael Strahan, Eli Manning and Antonio Pierce, prompting cheers and jeers from early arriving fans.
SHOCKEY SHOWS: New York tight end Jeremy Shockey, who broke his leg on Dec. 16, appeared on crutches on the Giants sideline. Shockey posed for pictures with a local police officer and chatted with inactive teammates Jerome Collins and Sinorice Moss during pregame warm-ups.