A Super (Bowl) feeling

By Greg Gelpi

Decked in a Philadelphia Eagles hat and jersey, Jonesboro attorney Shone Broadnax sat in his law office Thursday considering a trip to Jacksonville, Fla.

The self-described diehard Eagles fan was trying to figure out how to make it to Sunday's Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots.

Willing to pay $500 to $750, Broadnax, 34, realized that probably wouldn't even get him into the parking lot. Calling to get tickets, he said he was quoted prices ranging from $2,500 to $90,000.

Still, he and other Eagles fans, including social worker Jeff Stevens, 29, are considering the trip down to Jacksonville to absorb the ambiance and festivities associated with the Super Bowl.

"It's destiny," Stevens said, explaining that the drought for Philadelphia and a professional sports championship is due to end. The last professional sports championship for Philly was in 1983 for its basketball team the 76ers.

"I have to agree it's destiny," Broadnax said. "I don't know what it is. It's just time."

Kickoff time for Super Bowl XXXIX is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday as the favored Patriots (16-2) take on the Eagles (15-3). The game can be seen on Fox for those who don't make it to the game itself.

The Patriots are going to win, though, according to Donald Tauzier, 52, of McDonough.

"(Quarterback Tom) Brady's so calm, cool and collected," Tauzier said.

That, combined with the experience of New England, will produce a victory Sunday night, he said.

Alicia Cameron, 14, of McDonough agreed that the Patriots will come out on top simply because "they're better than the Eagles."

Stevens isn't taking any chances. As a ritual during each game, he lights an Eagle green candle and puts it on his mantle. He'll be taking the candle with him to Jacksonville or the Sports Cafe in Jonesboro to keep the tradition going Sunday.

Regardless of who wins or who even plays, local bars and restaurants always win, said Jeff Ratcliff, who works at the Three Dollar Cafe in McDonough.

"It's pretty packed," Ratcliff, 23, said. "You might want to get here early."

The Eagles won the NFC title game, beating the Atlanta Falcons 27-10 to advance to the big game, while the Patriots won the AFC by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27.