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Some choose shopping, movies over Super Bowl

January 31, 1999

Video shoppingBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




At 5:55 p.m. Sunday, Jeffrey Bittinger was not settling in to watch the kick-off of the Super Bowl game. Instead, he was out picking up a movie for his wife to watch.

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His wife, Trenda, who was at home caring for their 2-month-old daughter, asked him to get a movie that she could watch on one television while he was viewing the game on another.

As the time until kick-off approached, he looked at video after video, trying to find one she might enjoy seeing. He settled on a movie called "Disturbing Behavior."

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She was not the only one skipping the media-hyped sports event.

There were noticeably more people, usually entire families, renting movies all day Sunday than on a typical Sunday, said Teresa Cox, assistant manager at Wonder Books & Video on Massey Boulevard.

Nearby, Alan and Tanya Flurie preferred to shop at Kmart rather then watch the game.

"I don't like football," she said.

"There's too much money involved in the game," he said.

Terri Albritton was waiting outside Kmart for some relatives to finish shopping. She said she is going to skip the game. She is not a football fan, she said. If she watches the Super Bowl, it is just for the commercials and the halftime show, she said.

Robert Barnes was shopping for pruners for his trees instead of watching the game. "I'm not a sports fan," he explained.

Sonny Shoop preferred grocery shopping at Weis Markets to catching the game. He has little interest in sports, he said.

Ted Henson was at Wonder Books looking for something to read. He will miss most of the game, he said. Unlike some of the other shoppers he is a football fan, he said.

But he expressed an opinion not likely shared by hardcore fans of the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons.

"It's not the end of the world if you don't see the game," he said.

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