President Barack Obama, a Bears fan, said Thursday in the Oval Office that he will be rooting for the Steelers. “I am a longtime Steelers fan,” he said. “Mr. Rooney, the owner, was just an extraordinary supporter during the campaign. … I wish the best to the Cardinals. They've been long-suffering. It's a great Cinderella story, but other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that's closest to my heart.”
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The Steelers have reportedly been practicing plays from the Wildcat formation with running back Mewelde Moore taking direct snaps. “The Steelers haven't used the wild cat at any point this season but it makes sense that if they've been working on it that they'll use it at some point on Sunday,” writes Revenge of the Birds. “This is the game when you empty your bag of tricks and pull out all the stops.”
The Associated Press reports that the Tampa Bay area has become flooded with Steelers fans, many of whom made the trip without tickets to the game. “The Super Bowl atmosphere is starting to take on a home-game vibe for the Pittsburghers,” it writes.
The city of Pittsburgh is still deciding whether it will have a celebration parade if the Steelers win. On Wednesday, city sources told WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh) that a parade was unlikely due to public safety concerns and the roughly $45,000 in security and cleanup costs, but Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said Thursday that a parade was still possible.
NPR asks whether the Super Bowl will become less extravagant in the coming years as the economy suffers. “Based on the number of this year's Super Bowl-related events which have either been canceled or where cutbacks have been announced, it is clear that businesses have found it difficult to ignore their more immediate operating uncertainties and investor demands—even at the expense of one of America's most popular events,” said a spokesman for auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.