- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It has finally stopped raining in the desert, where street workers were using giant brooms yesterday at 7:30 a.m. to move the gallons of standing water.

As Super Bowl week got cranked up with more street closings in the downtown area to create more ideal traffic flow, Sir Scribble starts with an e-mail from a Redskins fan:

“No matter whether successful or not, the way the coaching search is being done reflects more than anything else … NO CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Count ‘em — that’s 43 exclamation points. Scrib is guessing the lack of class the Redskins are showing is in regard to their avid fan base and not the coaching staff, which has been decimated in recent days. But at least Kirk Olivadotti has a new contract.

Speaking of contracts, the Patriots’ run to history has resulted in several signed deals for Mercury Morris, running back for the 1972 Dolphins. He has practically lived at ESPN the last three months and now comes word that he will “call the plays” during Super Bowl XLII.

In something called “AirPlay’s NFL Call-the-Play Football,” fans can compete against Morris in predicting in real time what the next play will be. Players are competing for more than $8,000 in prizes and, even better, a 52-inch Samsung HDTV.

For $8,000, Sir Scribble could purchase eight VIP tickets to Chris Rock Live on Saturday night. General admission is only $750. Check out these other prices, all of which are for public consumption (or rejection): $300 for Ludacris (Sir Scribble prefers to call him Chris Bridges), $80 for Ashlee Simpson (didn’t know she was still performing), $1,100 for P. Diddy’s party (at least NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson will be there — The Washington Times could get ahead on its Daytona coverage) and — the most over-the-top price — $1,700 for John Travolta’s Saturday Night Spectacular, which benefits two charities (and probably a third group — the Church of Scientology).

Tomorrow Sir Scribble will have a full report from Media Day, the event that proves anyone with a pulse and a notepad can get a credential.

Ryan O’Halloran

Read more from the Super Bowl in The Washington Times NFL Lowdown at the Super Bowl Blog.

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