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Super Bowl Saturday blues

The strangest day of Super Bowl week always is Saturday. You'd think the momentum would be building toward the big game, but in fact it is the quietest day of the week in many corners of the host city.

Well, at least it is in the corner occupied by the news media.

Radio Row is a ghost town. The media work room and lounge area mostly are empty. The players and coaches are off limits. The parade of current and former NFL celebrities through the media hotel slows to a trickle.

Although I did see Cooper Manning walk past me in one direction a couple of hours ago, then Archie Manning walk by me in the other a few minutes later.

(UPDATE: Things are picking up. I just ran into Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick at the media center!)

Adding greatly to the blah mood this Super Bowl Saturday is the fact that it is raining rather steadily outside, the first bit of bad weather here all week.

On one hand, that's a shame for the fans in town hoping to experience attractions such as the zip line in the Super Bowl Village downtown.

On the other hand, it's a huge break for Indianapolis police. Crowds in the compact downtown area were becoming downright unmanageable Friday night, when it was difficult simply to walk in the heart of the festivities.

If the weather had remained good Saturday, I'm not sure how the city would have handled things on Super Bowl Eve.

Given the weather, many people will stay inside. And that, in turn, will be a big boost to local restaurants and bars, whose business has been negatively affected by all the people hanging out outside this week.


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