Is it the Superbowl Yet?
People who live in Miami don't like rain. They're not accustomed to it and it keeps them indoors.
That's why organizers of this 10K road race, one of dozens of events surrounding the Superbowl, were shocked when 800 people showed up in a torrential downpour to race from a Hooters restaurant to Pro-Players Stadium, site of Superbowl XXXIII. The cool, wet weather appealed to some of the runners, but most had another motivation.
Two tickets to Sunday's game. Like the cultural equivalent of a stadium wave, football's pinnacle event has swept into Miami, this year's host city. At the airport, private jets cram the tarmacs, fans flood the concourses and baggage handler Bruce Winship is working overtime.
Part of what makes the Superbowl such a spectacle is that everyone's got an agenda.
This calypso group has come to town for the week to entertain the throngs on Miami's South Beach.
There are bookies camped at hotel phones and legions of memorabilia hawkers.
Others, such as this volunteer from the Miami Zoological Society, have more altruistic motives.
There are the usual hangers-on and autograph hounds. Former NFL player-turned-professional wrestler Ben Goldberg sees the Superbowl as the perfect venue for self-promotion.
Lots of young women are turning out for a spate of cheerleading clinics to see if they can seize their only opportunity to perform on the football field.
Amid all the parties, the hype, the glitz and the anticipation, the burning question is: who will win? There may be a seven point spread in the Broncos' favor, but in this town, the Falcons are the hands-down favorite.
In a city known for its Art Deco skyscrapers, fashion models and Cuban restaurants, there's only one thing on everyone's mind: what a bunch of very large men will do with a pigskin on Sunday.
Waiting for the big dance to begin, from Miami, I'm Pippin Ross for The Savvy Traveler.
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