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Super Bowl XLIII notebook: Today show and Best Damn Sports Show Period will air live from Ybor City

Weatherman Al Roker will be live in Ybor City on Thursday morning for the Today show on NBC.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Weatherman Al Roker will be live in Ybor City on Thursday morning for the Today show on NBC.

Ybor City hosts two national live broadcasts this week.

Fox Sports Networks' Best Damn Sports Show Period is at Centro Ybor Plaza on Eighth Avenue between 15th and 17th streets from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

NBC's Today show weatherman, Al Roker, is at Seventh Avenue at 16th Street from 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Welcome to Tampa

To help out the more than 100,000 visitors expected in the bay area for the Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay convention and visitors bureau, known as Tampa Bay & Company, has launched a special Web site at VisitTampaBay.com/SuperBowl.

The site offers info about hotels and special deals, and lists the "Top 10 Super Things To Do" in the Tampa Bay area. Among them: visit Channelside and Ybor City, and check out Lights on Tampa, a collection of illuminated art installations downtown.

There's no mention of, say, Busch Gardens or the beaches.

Cheap pizza, maybe

Here's a Super Bowl promotion with a bunch of catches: Papa John's will sell pizza for 25 cents if the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl is returned for a touchdown.

The deal is available only to people who register at thecountdowntokickoff.com.

Papa John's campaign spokesman is Desmond Howard, who holds the record for longest kickoff returned for a touchdown in Super Bowl history, 99 yards for Green Bay in the Packers' 35-21 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997.

Anyone who registers for the promotion will get pizza discounts on Sunday.

Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for the pizza company. Papa John's expects to sell close to a million pizzas that day.

In case you're wondering, that many pizzas lined up side by side would cover the distance from Phoenix to Tampa 13 times and from Pittsburgh to Tampa eight times, according to the company.

Times staff

Super Bowl XLIII notebook: Today show and Best Damn Sports Show Period will air live from Ybor City 01/25/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 11:29pm]
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