The Big Game


For local football fans, the big game doesn't get any bigger than this.

Sunday’s conference championship games set up a win-win Super Bowl situation for many in Michiana.

Odds are, if you live here, you’re favorite team is either the Bears, or the Colts, and both will play in the Super Bowl February 4th.

Excitement over the game produced a football related injury for Carol Critchlow of South Bend, “I got so excited that the bears won, that I jumped up and hit my toe on the end table and I have a broken toe, which was well worth it.”

At Gates Automotive in South Bend, this marks the third straight year for a sales promotion in which the top prize is tickets to a Super Bowl.

Little did they know this year’s version would turn out to be “the” Super Bowl. “ We had a huge turnout last year, had about 1500 people here on the showroom floor,” said John Rudd. “This year since we do have the Colts and Bears, we’re expecting a larger turnout. Probably 2000-plus people.”

Meantime, die hard fans of two teams that waited so long for their ships to come in, spent much of Monday waiting for “shipments” to come in.

“I was supposed to pick my kids up from school in about half an hour,” said Cathy Kobb of South Bend, “I had to call a friend and ask, can you go get my kids? I'm waiting on an NFL hat.”

Some local retailers are “bullish” on their chances of selling merchandise commemorating the Bears/Colts match up.

According to Tara Graff, the manager of the Dick’s Sporting Goods in Mishawaka, “we’re getting shipments every two hours, we're just as excited as the customers to open up the boxes and see what we're getting in here.”


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