The Super Bowl: Much More than a Game There's just one day left before the faux American holiday that comes at the end of every football season: the Super Bowl.
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The Super Bowl: Much More than a Game

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The Super Bowl: Much More than a Game

The Super Bowl: Much More than a Game

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, Host:

Tom, so much is reported about this game, and there is all this hype. What are you doing to cut through? What's your story down there?

TOM GOLDMAN: I'm kind of like the players, Debbie. I'm trying to stay focused. I'm not worrying about covering the NFL Charity Celebrity Bowling Classic, or the Super Bowl 41 Cheerleading Spirit Clinic. You know, I'm just trying to stay focused on our mission here, which is - I'm not quite sure, Debbie, but I know there's a football game at the end of all this.

ELLIOTT: Let's talk a little bit about the game. It seems like the Indianapolis Colts are all the talk. Everybody thinks they're going to win this one.

GOLDMAN: Now, that defense is one of the keys. If they can shut down the strong Chicago running game, it will force Bears quarterback Rex Grossman, who has been wildly inconsistent this year, it will force him to make him more plays. And the Colts, Debbie, like their chances if Rex Grossman tries to do too much.

ELLIOTT: Now, certainly you're not telling us that the Bears should just pack up and leave South Florida. They do have this defense everybody talks about.

GOLDMAN: And can I tell you one more thing?

ELLIOTT: Very important. One more thing?

GOLDMAN: One more thing. They have a dazzling kick returner in Devon Hester. He can change a game in an instant. The Colts' kicking and punting units, they'd better be very careful and try to keep the ball away from Devon Hester.

ELLIOTT: Now, Tom, we can't have a Super Bowl conversation without at least mentioning the halftime show.

GOLDMAN: Of course.

ELLIOTT: Who will be getting the prime time exposure this year?

GOLDMAN: Debbie, your little favorite funkmaster, Prince.

ELLIOTT: Alright.

GOLDMAN: But there's also a bonus for the middle-age crowd. Word is that all his cavorting in high heeled boots has ruined his hips. He might need hip replacement, and Debbie, what Baby Boomer can't feel his pain?

ELLIOTT: NPR's Tom Goldman in Miami, thank you.

GOLDMAN: You're welcome, Debbie.

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