Supe du jour


In 1933, Art Rooney bought the Pittsburgh Steelers for $2,500.

Were the team's patriarch still alive yesterday, reported, he could have used that same money instead to buy a last-minute ticket to see his team play in the Super Bowl.

That secondary-market price - nearly $2,000 above face value - might seem like a lot of cash, but it was even higher last week when the going rate exceeded $3,000.

Why did the price fall?

"Talk of really bad weather could have discouraged people who were going to make the trip," said Kenneth Dotson, chief marketing officer of

Why is the price so high in the first place?

"It was the closest Super Bowl venue to Pittsburgh," Dotson said, referring to the 285-mile drive to Detroit. "That drove prices up, with people from Pennsylvania buying 300 times more tickets from our Web site than people from Washington."

Seattle is about 2,330 miles from Detroit.

If you were driving all that distance, you might've wanted to kick back in a luxury box at Ford Field.

Surprisingly, one was still available six hours before kickoff for $62,000.

But that's Paul Allen money more than Art Rooney money.

That's the ticket

The best ticket deal was scored by Peter Richards.

A Seattle Seahawks season-ticket holder for 30 years, he complained about the unfairness of the team's old-guard faithful missing out while newer, "fair-weather fans" received Super Bowl tickets by lottery - and sold them at a profit.

His complaint was written up in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week. On Tuesday, an anonymous fairy godmother gave him a $600 Super Bowl ticket.

No strings attached.

"I really felt he deserved to go after 30 years of supporting the team," the woman told the P-I. "We've been NFL fans for years, but only Seattle fans for three years since moving here. I'm glad to do it."

If giving felt good, Richards compared his own Detroit-bound euphoria to "Dorothy coming to the gates of Oz."

He's an angry 12th man no longer.

Time's still on his time

Unlike Peter Richards, Keith Richards didn't need a ticket.

The Rolling Stones guitarist - at 62 old enough to have played on George Allen's Over the Hill Gang - performed last night during the halftime show.

Last week, he was told the old joke that after a nuclear holocaust, only two things would be left, cockroaches and himself, then was asked what he would do to ensure he would outlive the pests.

"Eat 'em," Richards said.

As seconds tick by

They didn't flash any body parts - except for Mick Jagger's tongue and well-toned stomach - but the Rolling Stones made ABC glad it imposed a five-second tape delay on the Super Bowl halftime show.

Two sexually explicit lyrics were excised from the rock legends' performance yesterday. The only song to avoid the editor was "[I Can't Get No] Satisfaction," a 41-year-old song about sexual frustration.

In "Start Me Up," ABC's editors silenced one word, a reference to a woman's sexual sway over a dead man. The lyrics for "Rough Justice" included a synonym for rooster that the network also deemed worth cutting out.

As for "Satisfaction," how old is that song?

Jagger introduced it by telling the crowd, "Here's one we could've done at Super Bowl I."

Wait, there's more

After spending up to $2,500 for a ticket, fans didn't have much money for souvenirs, but that doesn't mean they didn't get any.

Each seat at Ford Field came equipped with gifts: a radio with earphones, a flashlight key chain, Michigan travel postcards and a seat cushion.

It was bring your own Terrible Towel.

Tastier than cockroaches

Rick King, a deli owner in Shanksville, Pa., promised his son black-and-gold pancakes for Super Bowl Sunday.

Apparently, though, everybody in Somerset County got the same idea to paint their devotion to the Steelers on a culinary canvas. By Tuesday, even the area Wal-Mart ran out of black food coloring.

Told of King's problem, nursing student Michelle Kimmel, 42, said she had the perfect solution for color-coordinated Steelers party food: "I'll just make macaroni and cheese and burn it."

Bragging rights, slights

New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has been on the losing side of a Super Bowl, at the hands of the Ravens in 2001. Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete was on the losing side in 2004 against the New England Patriots.

So Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period figured they could talk about the big game.

"Hey, we both got those second-place rings," Strahan said.

"Yeah, but we didn't put Trent Dilfer in the Hall of Fame," sniffed Peete.

Back to business

The Super Bowl might have boosted Detroit's struggling economy, but it was bad news for employers around the country.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an outplacement consultant firm, estimates that American employers suffered productivity losses of $780 million last week. The estimate was based on 10-minute periods employees wasted talking about the game, arguing with co-workers and filling out office-pool forms.

The good news?

Pittsburgh, at least, can be expected to make up for that time wasted.

Two economists concluded in 2002 that the city winning the Super Bowl often gains $140 per capita in income the next year. Researchers Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys said the gain comes from increased productivity because of higher morale over the win.

So, more workers will be able to afford those $2,500 tickets next year.

Compiled from Web and wire reports

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