Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Super Bowl news and notes

Ticket prices might be falling

Ticket prices on the secondary market are showing signs of downward movement compared with last week, analysts say. According to TiqIQ, which tracks listings from resellers using websites and ticket brokers, the cheapest ticket, in the corner of an end zone, is going for $1,769. That's down from the $1,877 being asked last week for the cheapest ticket, in the end zone. TiqIQ analysts believe the price could drop to between $1,000 and $1,500 by the weekend. Face value for the tickets ranges from $850 to $1,250.

Prop bet of the day

How many times will the word "Harbaugh" be said during the game telecast? The over/under is 211/2.

A commercial you will see

Jamaica embraced a car commercial that depicts a white office worker from Minnesota feigning the Caribbean nation's lilting accent to display a cheerful, upbeat outlook. Some critics described the ad, set to run before the game, as offensive and culturally insensitive. But the island's government endorsed it. Said lawmaker Edmund Bartlett: "The ad is a perfect illustration of Jamaican culture's global reach and our uncharacteristic penchant to be happy even in challenging situations."

A commercial you won't see

According to MSNMoney, CBS rejected an ad by a make-your-soda-at-home company because it takes potshots at two of the game's biggest advertisers — Pepsi and Coke. Pepsi airs two 30-second spots and Coke a 60-second ad, according to AdAge.

What sack?

The first of 411/2 career sacks for the Ravens' Ray Lewis came against none other than Jim Harbaugh. The linebacker, now in his 17th season, took down Harbaugh, then the Colts quarterback and now the 49ers coach, on Oct. 13, 1996, at the stadium formerly known as the Hoosier Dome. "I don't remember that sack," said Harbaugh, who was sacked 361 times over his 14 seasons (1987-2000). "I do remember being a teammate of Ray's in 1998. I feel that Ray was one of the greatest players to ever play in the National Football League. He's a man I truly respect. He's a fine person, and he's a true professional."

Double duty

Randy Brown leads a double life. He is in his fifth season as the kicking consultant for the Ravens. He also is the mayor of his hometown, Marlton, N.J. "I've got the best of both worlds," Brown, 45, said. "I'm helping grow the town I was born and raised in. And then I get to live my dream by coaching football and making a difference here. I've got two jobs that really aren't jobs. I love doing them both. I get excited to wake up and be mayor, and I get excited to wake up and be a coach in the NFL." Brown was an NAIA All-American at Catawba in 1988. He never kicked in the NFL. But he has spent 21 years as a coach and consultant at various levels, including two-year stints with the Bears and Eagles.

Old-school still works

Quarterbacks threw more passes for more yards and more touchdowns in 2012 than in any other season in league history. A record 22 quarterbacks threw at least 50 passes in a game. There were a record 126 300-yard passing games, but the 49ers managed just one — and not even by the quarterback who will start the Super Bowl. Alex Smith passed for 303 in a 45-3 win against the Bills on Oct. 7 but has since been replaced by Colin Kaepernick. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco steered the Ravens to a second straight AFC North title despite throwing for fewer than 200 yards in seven of 16 games. He finished 15th in the NFL in passing, Kaepernick 30th. Finally, both offenses ranked higher in rushing offense than passing offense.

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Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

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