This weekend, millions of Americans will watch the New England Patriots face-off against the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, held in Indianapolis. Host Michel Martin speaks with Mayor Greg Ballard about why his city is a good venue for one of the biggest sporting events in America.
The state is part of New England, but many of its football fans pick the N.Y. Giants over the Pats. "Way back when, they were the only game in town," one fan says of the days before the Patriots came to the area in 1960. But feelings run deep on both sides — and nothing reveals that like a Super Bowl.
On National Signing Day, high school seniors can officially plight their troth to a college football program. And that means grown-up college football zealots are acting like kids at Christmas: "Who will Santa bring to my alma mater's team?"
When London last held the games, the city was rebuilding after being bombed to smithereens by Hitler. Food and gas were still rationed. The athletes had no luxurious Olympic Village. This time, despite difficult economic times, the games will be far grander.
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