Super Bowl notebook
Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 3, 2007
The Super Bowl notebook …
MIAMI — Michael Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday despite a troubled past, though voters denied entry to retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
The former Dallas Cowboys receiver, who won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, got in on his third try.
Irvin pleaded no contest in 1996 to felony cocaine possession. Four years later, he was arrested on drug possession charges, but they were later dropped.
The 40 Hall voters were criticized by two of Irvin’s former teammates, Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, for previously bypassing the wideout, who retired in 1999.
He wasn’t ignored this time.
Tagliabue was eliminated in the first round of voting.
Also voted in were running back Thurman Thomas, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, defensive back Roger Wehrli and two nominees of the veterans’ committee — tight end Charlie Sanders and guard Gene Hickerson.
Inductions will be Aug. 4-5 in Canton, Ohio. The Steelers and Saints will play in the annual Hall of Fame game.
As CBS marks its first Super Bowl since Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction, the network is happy to have nothing to do with halftime entertainment. The NFL has taken over.
“We welcome it,” CBS Sports President Sean McManus said, “and based on what the NFL has done the last two years, I think they have it figured out pretty well.”
MIAMI — The Super Bowl may be wetter — and windier — than players and fans might like. Brisk winds of 10 mph to 20 mph and a temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s are forecast for Sunday along with scattered showers throughout the day.
The weather will certainly be a lot more accommodating than in Indianapolis or Chicago, where hometown fans of the Colts and Bears are bracing for subzero wind chills.