Jeff Merron of ESPN.com writes about Super Bowl Week in 1988, when the Redskins' Doug Williams was supposedly asked, "How long have you been a black quarterback?" Merron claims the question never was asked: "After Williams suffered through countless queries about being the first black quarterback to start a Super Bowl, Butch John, a reporter for the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, seemed to have had enough. So he said, "Doug, it's obvious you've always been a black quarterback all your life. When did it start to matter?' John's statement and question were jokes. Most reporters there got it. And then it was printed. But it has been twisted around."
NUMBERS OF THE DAY
34 _ Points scored by the Vikings in four Super Bowls, all losses.
60 prevent, slot, hook and go _ Name of pass play from Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw to John Stallworth for a 73-yard touchdown and the lead for good in Super Bowl XIV. It had been practiced eight times during the week and failed each time.
139 _ Points allowed by the Bills in four Super Bowls, all losses.
194 _ Points scored by the Cowboys in seven Super Bowls.
_ BRUCE LOWITT
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Who are the DBs to be named Super Bowl MVPs?
BLAST FROM PAST
"If it's the ultimate (game), how come they're playing it again next year?"
_ DUANE THOMAS
the enigmatic Cowboys running back before Super Bowl VI
TERROR FROM TAMPA
Before the Bucs and Bulls, the game in town when it came to football was the University of Tampa (or Tampa U to loyal followers). The pinnacle of the Spartans' success was in the early '70s as a 6-foot-8 mountain of a defensive lineman known as "Tooz" ran roughshod over opponents and the city. He was Godzilla and Tampa was his Tokyo. So it was no surprise to anyone who knew of John Matuszak that the combination of his Raiders playing the Eagles in Super Bowl XV in the party town of New Orleans meant things would get interesting. "I'm going to see that there's no funny business," Matuszak declared. "I've had enough parties for 20 people's lifetimes. I'll keep our young fellows out of trouble." The next night, Tooz was spotted out at 3 a.m., four hours after curfew, as the Raiders partied all week in New Orleans. Oh, the final score: Raiders 27, Eagles 10.
_ ANTHONY PEREZ
Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay, 2003; Larry Brown, Dallas, '96; Jake Scott, Miami, '73.