Sport: Is It Really Only a Game?

With each passing Roman numeral, more people join the feast

In most respects, Detroit was just like Miami or New Orleans or Pasadena, only more so than ever. The National Football League heaved laboriously for two weeks to bring forth its Super Bowl, and Nielsen counted 105 million people paying attention.

The game, which is hardly ever super, was fine. San Francisco, Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Hacksaw Reynolds, Ray Wersching, Forrest Gregg, Pete Johnson and Cincinnati got where they were going all right, as Toyota, among other sponsors, provided the transportation at $345,000 per...

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