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Back to reality
February 10, 2009 - Buck Frank
As one can imagine, covering Super Bowl XLIII was a terrific experience. It was a lot of work, but I'm not complaining.
Of course, the game wasn't exactly boring, either.
There's nothing like taking results over the phone from a high school swimming match to let you know the "Super' experience is finished. (No offense swimmers, but I'm sure swimming coaches don't look forward to reporting all of those results, either.)
--I had mentioned in an earlier blog that I would write about how one goes about getting media credentials for the Super Bowl. Each year, you have to submit a request to the NFL in November, with in my case, it being contingent on the Steelers advancing to the Super Bowl. Once the Steelers won the AFC Championship Game, I received an email from the league saying my credential was approved. From there, I had to submit a photo of myself and personal identification (driver's license #, social security, etc.) The NFL then assigns you to a media hotel, and you pick up your credentials at the site of the game. The NFL works with the Pittsburgh public relations people to make sure only legitimate media are credentialed. The fact that I've covered every Steeler home game (except one) in the last seven years helps in this process. You get both a week-of-game credential (for media day, media party, press conferences, media center access, etc.) and game credential. Both have your photo on them. That's pretty much it.
I guess it's now time to start looking toward April's draft. The last time the Steelers were at the end of the first round, they got none other than Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes..