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Bishop okay after collision

Tennessee safety Blaine Bishop strained his neck in a collision during the third quarter of the Super Bowl and lay motionless on the field for several minutes.

Bishop, who jammed his helmet into the back of St. Louis tight end Ernie Conwell on a tackle, was able to move his arms and legs before he was taken off the field on a stretcher.

"I lost feeling in my neck and left arm. But everything is cool now. I'm going to be okay," said Bishop, who was wearing a neck brace after the game.

"The doctors said I just pinched a nerve. It didn't mess up the bones or anything."

Bishop was taken to Piedmont Hospital for precautionary X-rays that were negative.

THEY'D LOVE A PARADE: A rally and parade were planned for downtown St. Louis today to honor the Rams. The parade will begin downtown at 4:30 p.m. Following the parade, a rally will take place at Kiener Plaza. Rams players and coaches were expected to speak at the rally. Following the rally, the city will set off about $15,000 worth of fireworks.

NASHVILLE LETDOWN: About 2,300 stunned fans at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville moaned "No!" in unison when the Titans fell a yard short.

Despite the loss, fans mirrored their cohorts at the Georgia Dome in a standing ovation, surrounded by confetti thrown only minutes before when it seemed the Titans might win.

"It was a real letdown," said Debbie Pettigrew of Nashville, who painted her face blue with a white "T" for the game. "Another 10 seconds and we probably could have done it."

Saturday was the first time she had ever painted her face for a game, Pettigrew said.

"It will be the last time," she said.

A parade to welcome home the Titans will take place in Nashville on Tuesday, ending at Adelphia Coliseum.

YOU'RE IN: Two lineup changes occurred before kickoff.

For the Rams, Keith Lyle replaced former FSU safety Devin Bush. Lyle started most of the season before an injury midway through the season.

For the Titans, Isaac Byrd replaced Yancey Thigpen. Thigpen sustained a hairline fracture in his foot in last weekend's AFC Championship Game, but had hopes of playing.

IT'S A PUSH: The bookies got it right _ and it cost them a bundle. A Super Bowl that ended just the way the oddsmakers predicted _ with St. Louis winning by 7 points _ left both the sports books and the bettors feeling less than satisfied. Long lines of bettors swarmed to the cashiers' windows at sports books along the Las Vegas Strip to collect money after the game. But in most cases they were merely getting back what they had wagered.

CHANGES: There is a significant difference in numbers between Super Bowl XXXIV and Super Bowl I in 1967.

Winners of the Super Bowl this season receive $58,000 and losers get $33,000. In Super Bowl I the winning share was $15,000.

The cost of a 30-second commercial was $43,500 when both NBC and CBS televised Super Bowl I. ABC charged customers more than $2-million for a 30-second spot this year.

In 1967, there were 15 NFL teams. Now there are 31.

UPSET CITY: There have been only eight upsets in 33 Super Bowls. The Rams entered Sunday's game seven-point favorites, and only three times has a team been favored by a touchdown or more and lost.

The Jets, who were 18-point underdogs, beat the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III. The Kansas City Chiefs were 12{ point underdogs in Super Bowl IV but beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The Broncos were 13-point underdogs when they beat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII.

ET CETERA: Eddie George's 32-yard catch and run in the first quarter was the second pass of more than 15 yards for the Titans in the post-season. . . . Devil Rays radio announcer Paul Olden handled public-address system duties for the Super Bowl. . . . Tampa's Bob Best produced the pregame show. . . . A survey by Hallmark Cards revealed that Super Bowl Sunday is the No. 1 at-home party event of the year, surpassing New Year's Eve. The Super Bowl is the second-biggest day for food consumption, surpassed by Thanksgiving.

_ ERNEST HOOPER, TIMES WIRES

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