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Some think it's a super bore

January 26, 1997

By LAURA ERNDE

Staff Writer

There is life without the Super Bowl.

While the collective conscience of America will be thinking of nothing but touchdowns and beer tonight, some people in the Tri-State area could care less about football.

"I'm not really sure what I'll be doing, but I'm not watching the Super Bowl," said Palmera Nicholson, 26, of Hagerstown.

Nicholson, a basketball fan, might watch a movie on television after she leaves her job at The Hair Cuttery at 6 p.m., she said.

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"When I get off work, I like to relax," she said.

Video stores expect to rent more movies than usual tonight.

"Sometimes the men get wrapped up in football and the ladies watch a movie somewhere else," said Linda Miller of Video Magic on Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

The Mercersburg (Pa.) Video Corner had more movies reserved than usual this weekend, said Martha Robinson.

Likewise, people might be headed to movie theaters.

Especially since the two teams playing, the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, don't generate a lot of local interest, said Lou Radakovich, owner of the Waynesboro (Pa.) Theatre.

"This weekend we're going to be busier than on other Super Bowl weekends," predicted Radakovich, who planned to take the evening off to watch the game at home.

"We may see more women in the evening and we may see more children," he said. "The men will be more interested in watching TV than going to the movies."

There are some other choices on television besides the game.

Those watching the Super Bowl will miss an Andy Griffith marathon on TBS, "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Lois & Clark," and "60 Minutes." The Super Bowl has a kickoff time of 6:18 p.m.

Others have more scholarly pursuits in mind.

"I'll probably just study," said Amanda Lapp, a sophomore education major at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., who has a five-page paper due on Tuesday.

Some said they'll probably be stuck watching the game even though they're not particularly interested.

"I'm sure my fiance will be watching it with his son," said Stephanie Semczyn, 36, of Chambersburg, Pa. "I'll sit there and watch just for the heck of it."

It will be hard for people to avoid the Super Bowl and, leading up to it, all the pregame blitz.

Even while working out a Sports Inn Racquet and Health Club in Greencastle, Pa., people can watch television and tune in the commentary on their Walkman's, said Manager Frank Thomas.

One woman, who didn't want to be interviewed, said she is staying close to home. After all, the Publisher's Clearing House prize patrol van may pull up out front.

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