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Track and field: Former Washington State University star Bernard Lagat captured the 5,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday evening, edging Chris Solinsky. Lagat finished in 13 minutes, 23.06 seconds with Solinsky second at 13:23.65. Galen Rupp, who won the 10,000 on Thursday, was third in 13:25.52.
Roads froze and airports closed. Falling ice sent six people to the hospital. Finally, seats to the big game vanished hours before kickoff. Super Bowl week in Texas was not so super. Annoyance over difficult driving conditions and altered travel plans early in the week turned to anger Sunday for hundreds of fans with tickets who were forced to watch Green Bay beat Pittsburgh on TV at $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium in suburban Arlington because their temporary seats weren’t ready.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Steelers had all the momentum. The Terrible Towels were out in full force around Cowboys Stadium. Rashard Mendenhall took the handoff with every intention of moving Pittsburgh a little closer to completing an improbable comeback. Then, a big hit, the ball popped out of Mendenhall’s hands, and Desmond Bishop took off with it for the Green Bay Packers.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Absolutely no need to bring up Ol’ What’s His Name ever again. Aaron Rodgers is a Super Bowl championship quarterback in his own right. And he’s the game’s MVP, too. That’s an honor Brett Favre, his Green Bay Packers predecessor, never earned.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Someday they’ll be comparing the next Packers quarterback to Aaron Rodgers. Whoever it is, he’ll have big shoes to fill.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have tried a little too hard to break the Super Bowl attendance record. About 1,250 fans were displaced Sunday because their temporary seats were deemed unsafe – 400 who were not allowed inside, and 850 who were relocated elsewhere in the Arlington, Texas, stadium.
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Green Bay Packers were trying to play defense without cornerback Charles Woodson. Their wide receivers couldn’t seem to hold onto the ball with Donald Driver also out hurt. Somehow, they found a way to win the Super Bowl.
When the Packers are atop the NFL, it seems like a safer world. America can sleep tight tonight. And since Sunday’s 31-25 victory might be the last NFL game for a long, long time, well, if the Packers are Super Bowl champions in perpetuity, what’s wrong with that? As usual, I took it all in and took copious notes:
Outside, the steel sky started spitting wet snow, but in a downtown Spokane church, 100 homeless men and women watched the Super Bowl in comfort and waited for a hot meal. Every Sunday for more than a year, the First Covenant Church has offered the city’s down and out a short respite from the struggle on the streets.
Once ignored, Rodgers now a champion Ignored out of high school by every major-college football program in the country.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Someday they’ll be comparing the next Packers quarterback to Aaron Rodgers. Whoever it is, he’ll have big shoes to fill. Rodgers now can cement his name alongside Green Bay’s other great quarterbacks – Bart Starr and especially Brett Favre – after he and the Green Bay Packers put a bow on a stunning postseason with a 31-25 victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium.
MILWAUKEE – Lifelong Packers fans understand. Nothing much gets in the way of a game, and that includes death, or at least discretionary times for funeral observances.
ARLINGTON, Texas – NFL commissioners can’t root, so Roger Goodell will just sit back and smile as he watches this Super Bowl. A season that saw pro football claim boffo TV ratings and reach new heights of popularity – even as it dealt with a stream of off-field woes – will end with two classic, hard-nosed teams clashing in its championship game.
In a way, Super Bowl Sunday is a festive celebration of one of America’s beloved bad habits. No, not football – eating in front of the TV.
DALLAS – Coming out of college two years ago, Ramon Foster wasn’t good enough to be drafted by an NFL team. Around the middle of this season, Erik Walden wasn’t good enough to be on the roster of an NFL team.