The game itself, as well as the hype around the game was nothing like it is now. In fact, the old wooden planks that we sat on were an embarrassment to the NFL and Stanford in particular. As I recall, Apple Computer donated little seat pads with their rainbow colored apple logo. There were some corporate and merchandise tents on the ample grounds around the stadium, but nothing like the last decade or two. This game presented Joe Montana with the opportunity to win his second of three Super Bowl MVP awards.
BTW, the Forty Niners won the game easily 38 to 16. Joe Montana was the Super Bowl MVP. Dan Marino and backup Don Strock had some sushi earlier that day at a family friend’s sushi bar in Mountain View. Can you imagine the tickets I could have gotten from them? He opened the restaurant just for them, since it was a Sunday, when they only served dinner. In a bit of trivia, it was the first Super Bowl televised by ABC. A 30 second commercial back then cost half a million dollars! And Teri Hatcher was a 49er cheer leader at the time! The unique part of January 20, 1985 is what? The inauguration of President Ronald Reagan, who was re-elected in 1984. He was sworn in that day at a private ceremony in the White House, saving the public festivities for the next day.
So, that was almost 30 years ago. The Super Bowl has become the biggest sporting event in America, if not the world. Cities bidding for the Super Bowl really profit from the tourist dollars that it attracts. Hotel rates are about triple of their normal rates for this period of time. And I am sure it will be difficult to get into the more well known bars and restaurants in the French Quarter. I ended up finding an AirBnB in the Garden District for the first three nights. I arrive in Nawlins on Amtrak, but will fly home on Wednesday.
The Super Bowl is the most watched single event in American sports. Many of you will be looking forward to the million dollar commercials and the halftime show with Beyonce. Personally, I would prefer the Boss, Bruce Springsteen. Who is singing the National Anthem, and how many mistakes will he/she make?
I recall the old days when the game was played here in Nawlins. Often players would be seen carousing Bourbon Street the night before the game. I doubt they (the Harbaughs) will let any of their players near Bourbon Street, but most likely Warm Milk and Cookies Avenue and early to bed the night before the big game.
I also look forward to the NFL Experience. It is an interactive theme park held in the New Orleans Convention Center. The event last five full days, leading u to the Super Bowl. For those of you out there with cheerleading backgrounds, they will hold the Super Bowl Cheer and Dance Competition. Media Day is held on January 29, and it is possible to attend this function for a mere $25. The Niners arrived today (Sunday). A free concert will be held on Saturday with Journey and Rascal Flatts.
Prior to reaching Nawlins, I saw that ticket prices were running about $2500, even for a nosebleed seat. I was hoping, with my Niners playing, to get tickets from a friend that has season tickets. No such luck! It will be a game to remember, the Niners sixth world championship Super Bowl win!!!!!
The answer: Carl Monroe, from the University of Utah.