IT JUST WOULDN'T BE SUPER WITHOUT...
Panthers kick returner Rod Smart's mischievous, stubbled face was one of the most photographed on Media Day. He was hoping something like this would happen three years ago when, in a moment of inspiration, he made a name for himself and became the symbol of the XFL. "The name helped," Smart acknowledged. "Would you guys be here today if I didn't have the name? Let's face it." Before the second game of Smart's XFL career, he decided to adopt the equivalent of a stage name. "He Hate Me" was born, gracing the back of his uniform and making it the best-selling jersey in the XFL's one-year existence. "It's a big marketing business," Smart said. "I kind of helped my stock."
NUMBERS OF THE DAY
37 _ Yards Green Bay's Bart Starr passed to Willie McGee for first Super Bowl points.
46 _ Yards of Len Dawson's pass to Otis Taylor for the American Football League's final touchdown in SB IV that preceded the merger with the NFL.
54 _ Number of Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley, the only MVP from a losing team (SB V).
88 _ Grand pianos played at halftime of SB XXII.
204 _ Yards rushing in a game by Timmy Smith, Redskins, in SB XXII.
_ BRUCE LOWITT
QUESTION OF THE DAY
When did Houston host its first Super Bowl and what was the result?
SITE OF THE DAY
souperbowl.com: The typo will take you to a charity drive that gathered $3.5-million from 12,000 organizations last year, each taking donations for local hunger and homeless centers. Fans can donate at hundreds of churches and schools this weekend, with the funds being taken to local organizations for zero overhead.
The only Super Bowl in Houston was Super Bowl VIII on Jan. 13, 1974, when the Miami Dolphins beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7.