Looking back: Tales of 29 Super Bowls

by Gary Shelton on February 5, 2016 · 6 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Friday, 6 a.m.

I was born underneath a Roman numeral. I grew up at the Super Bowl.

As the Patriots won, I went from a young guy to a grumpy one. As the Bills lost, I went from a fresh face to a jaded one.

I went through pens, and I went through pads, and I had tape recorders stolen. I argued this team or that one, and often, I had no clue as to what I was talking about. I steered through controversies, and I waded through snow, and I watched as men shaped the game in their image. I interviewed music acts, and I saw men go from Man of the Year to being arrested for solicitation in a matter of hours. I saw buffoons and cartoons. I endured the silliness of Media Days, where this sportscaster or that one acts as if he's the first guy to think of ever wearing a Halloween costume to the Super Bowl.

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Barry McDowell February 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm

My greatest memory was at XXV in Tampa. I was working for Security and my station was directly behind Scott Norwood’s least favorite goalpost. I got to see his wide right coming almost right at me. Being a Giants rooter in that game, I almost had Security called on me!


Gary Shelton February 5, 2016 at 10:21 pm

That was you? The looney security guard?


scott myers February 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Hi Gary,

I have to agree with Cecil. Reading your columns everyday, I get insights into the overall sports picture that I would have never considered. Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge so readily in your well written columns!


Cecil DeBald February 5, 2016 at 9:03 am

Great writing, Gary, thanks for sharing all those memories.



Gary Shelton February 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

Thanks, Cecil. I was afraid it was too long for the readers.


Cecil DeBald February 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Writing like this is never too long – it’s always too short…



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