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Super Bowl day conquers all

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By Jay Miller

SANTA FE — The Super Bowl has become too big to ignore, even during what may be the most important legislative session ever. Lawmakers certainly don’t ignore the Super Bowl.

Normally legislators put in a hard day’s work on the next to last Sunday of a legislative session. But when a Super Bowl falls on that day, don’t expect any floor sessions or committee meetings.

Gov. Bill Richardson also will be otherwise occupied. A huge sports fan, he hides out with about 20 friends at his favorite annual Super Bowl party in a room specially designated for cigars.

Of course 2008 was an exception. Former President Bill Clinton had asked to talk about Hillary’s candidacy and Richardson suggested they watch the Super Bowl together at the governors’ mansion. Houseboat racer Brian Condit also was present. A week later, Richardson endorsed Barack Obama.

Public servants really can’t be blamed for calling a time out from their activities to become part of this national obsession.  President Richard Nixon got so involved he called Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula to suggest a play he believed would work against the Dallas Cowboys. It didn’t.


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