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Cordes remembers Super Bowl I;<BR>Card ticket prices increasing … I think

A pigskin potpourri from a Raider Hater from way back.


•Prescott High School head girls basketball coach Kelly Cordes was one of the countless millions to yawn through most of Sunday's lopsided game.

But when it comes to Super Bowls … the Cordes's have the goods.

And the memorabilia.

Kelly and his dad, Cal Cordes, attended Super Bowl 1 back in 1967 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Of course you remember that the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in that one.

But did you remember that the day's crowd of 61,946 meant that there were about 35,000 empty seats?

"Another thing a lot of people might not remember is that it wasn't actually called the 'Super Bowl' until Super Bowl III when (Joe) Namath made the guarantee," Kelly Cordes told me this morning.

"Nowhere on my game program are the words 'Super Bowl' mentioned. It's 'AFL-NFL Championship game.'"

By the way, Kelly is still in possession of that game program – mint condition no less – and the ticket stub.

He's been offered $830 for the program on eBay and $75 for the stub. Not that he's planning on selling, but if he did, Super Bowl I would be profitable to say the least. He only spent $12 on the ticket.

"It was the first pro football game I ever attended," said Kelly Cordes, who was 12 years old at the time.

"I remember I was enthralled with Lombardi's Packers and I can still vividly remember some of the plays from that game."

He even remembers the halftime show, which was a far cry from the glitzy bump and grind act seen at today's Super Bowls.

"It was the University of Arizona marching band," Cordes said. "I remember that real well."

•Another local Super Bowl tidbit: Orme School Athletic Director Don Barrick coached under Jon Gruden's dad, Jim Gruden, while at Galion High School in Ohio.

Barrick remembers Jon as "one-year-old kid running around."

•As if I needed another reminder that these years are flying by fairly rapidly …

During Super Bowl Hype Week, a broadcaster referred to Tampa Bay strong safety John Lynch as "the venerable" John Lynch.

I covered Lynch as a prep when he was the starting quarterback at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego.

He wore No. 7 because John Elway was his hero.

He had a rocket arm, elusive speed and a lot of confidence. And now he's "venerable." Which makes me … never mind.

•Most seem to agree that it wasn't exactly a banner year for Super Bowl commercials.

But has there ever been a better one than the Osbourne children turning into the Osmonds and Ozzy's wife becoming Florence Henderson?

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