The predominantly black country of Jamaica is embracing a controversial Super Bowl commercial that depicts a white office worker from the U.S. Midwest feigning the Caribbean island's lilting patois accent to display a cheerful, upbeat outlook.
Some U.S. critics have described the pregame Super Bowl ad from Volkswagen of America as offensive and culturally insensitive. But the charged reaction has met with puzzlement in Jamaica, which has very visible white, Asian, Middle Eastern and mixed-race minorities that also often speak with the local accent.
Super Bowl XX played out exactly how everyone expected. The Chicago Bears crushed the New England Patriots 46-10.
The Bears, coached by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (who won Super Bowl VI in New Orleans as a player), finished the season with a 15-1 record and dominated almost every opponent they faced during the 1985 season, while the Patriots earned a wild card playoff berth and went on an improbable playoff run to reach the Big Game.
Sunday's Super Bowl - a contest between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers - is also a battle of craft breweries. Maryland's Flying Dog Brewery made a bet with Anchor Brewing of San Francisco. The loser must pour the winner's beer in its taproom for a week. And the loser's brewery tour guides will have to wear the winner's Super Bowl championship gear. Could be tough, but if they need a beer after all that, they're all set.
Two key starters nursing injuries for the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Dennis Pitta, ran and practiced well Wednesday afternoon at Tulane University as the Ravens opened on-field preparations for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII against San Francisco.
The NFL has released this week's first injury reports for both the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The teams practiced for the first time today at their respective New Orleans locations in the run up to Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday.
Practice Report FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE Wednesday