- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The headline in yesterday’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel pretty much summed it up: “Super Bowl strategy: Skip game, party hard.”

One Chicago Bears fan is meeting 19 friends this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, where they’re renting two houses on the Intracoastal Waterway. Price tag: $1,000 a person. They’re also renting a 22-person limo bus and plan to party on South Beach from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

That seems to be the plan for most fans these days. Most of the tickets go to the teams, the NFL and myriad corporate sponsors. The diehard fans are left out in the cold.

• Speaking of cold, I started the morning with a walk on Miami Beach, and the wind coming from the north sunk temperatures into the high 40s.

My cell phone is also cold. T-Mobile is shipping me a new phone that is supposed to arrive at the hotel Wednesday. That forced me to visit a drug store Sunday night to buy a pre-paid cell phone, like the ones the drug dealers use on “The Wire.”

• The rest of the Washington Times contingent — Dan Daly and David Elfin — arrived here yesterday afternoon. My goal for Daly is to see if he can tackle a 31-ounce steak. He man-handled a 21-ounce hunk of meat last week in Chicago.

• Today is the annual extravaganza known as Media Day. Both teams are herded to Dolphin Stadium for an hour’s worth of hilarity. I’ll provide a full report on that — and whether I was able to procure a Katharine McPhee CD — tomorrow.

Ryan O’Halloran

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