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Football fans huddle, root together on Super Day

Jan. 24, 1997

By Matthew Lester and Keirsten Layne

Lariat Reporters

Patriots and Packers fans are ready for the kick-off, and Cowboys fans can be part of the action only by choosing a sideline.

The Green Bay Packers fans are a special breed. They brave sub-zero temperatures every Sunday to root for their team.

'The reason people get all fired up about the Packers is because they had the greatest coach of all time, Vince Lombardi,' said Dr. Douglas Ferdon, journalism professor and former resident of Wisconsin. 'And the size of the town.'

Waco and Green Bay are nearly the same size; it would be like the Cowboys playing at Floyd Casey Stadium.

Ferdon grew up in Wisconsin and attended Packers games during the 1950s. Games were held in a high school stadium because Lambeau Field had not been built.

'Everyone in Wisconsin supported the Packers because they were the only team; there were no college football teams or other sports teams,' Ferdon said.

Dr. Ferdon will be spending Superbowl Sunday with other faculty members from Wisconsin enjoying the game. Despite the Northern teams, Texans may still enjoy the game. There are many options available for those who want to get their last dose of football before the end of the season.

The Baylor Health Education and Wellness Center will be hosting a pizza party in the Bill Daniel Student Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The food and fun will be free of charge.

Damon's, a local sports club located in the Waco Hilton, will hold special Superbowl activities. A buffet including New England clam chowder, ribs, a cheese tray and chicken wings will feed hungry fans. Interactive sports trivia and prizes after every quarter of the game should keep spectators happy. People should arrive early to secure a 50-yard-line seat in front of one of the four big screen televisions.

Restaurants are open for business as usual, and the televisions will be tuned to the game at Outback and Chili's.

Some fraternities have rush parties planned around the game, and local church college groups are hosting pizza parties after the church services on Sunday night.

The Superbowl may not be as big a deal in Texas this year, but it can be a fun day even for those forlorn, sacked Cowboys fans. The Patriots and Packers should play an exciting game, and fans of all ages can have a great time watching.

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