- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2007

There are small hotel rooms and then there is the coziness of my room here in Miami Beach, my home for the next nine days. It’s smaller than my Nelson Hall dorm room at Moorhead (Minn.) State in 1993. And that room was shaped like a piece of pie.

Suffice to say, the NFL hoped media members would enjoy being by the beach (we do) in exchange for having quarters that don’t include a desk or a chair, and charge $11 a day for Internet service. I think we got the short end of this deal.

Anyway, welcome to Super Bowl Week. I have to admit, the Colts-Bears matchup doesn’t have a lot of buzz yet. Chicago arrived yesterday afternoon and met with reporters at its hotel. It took two questions for Lovie Smith to be asked about the significance of him and Tony Dungy being the first black head coaches to reach the Big Game. Smith said the goal should be that in future years, it isn’t a story.

My goals for the week also are pretty simple: 1. Watch a Jai-alai match; 2. Don’t get sunburned at Media Day tomorrow; 3. Make sure my computer and cell phone work throughout the week; 4. Eat at restaurants that take American Express; 5. Find a place within walking distance tomorrow that has Katharine McPhee’s new album. I like my chances at each goal except No. 3, which will have me trolling for a T-Mobile store this morning.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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