By Dan Shanoff
Page 2 columnist

Is there a bigger one-week slice of American zeitgeist than the Super Bowl? We don't think so. So as you prepare for your Super Bowl (or Super Bowl ads) party, be sure to check out the list of what's "in" and what's "out" in Houston this week.

That way, you can be sure to impress the other partygoers, not to mention the usual battery of people you impress with the Hot/Not List: co-workers, drinking pals and the occasional hot date.

Category Hot Not Hot
Blond celeb to be seen with
Coors Light twins

Paris Hilton
Trash talk Self-deprecating Opponent-inspiring
Halftime entertainment Janet Jackson Kid Schlock
Eagerly anticipated ad Blockbuster summer movies Anything with animals
Ride around town Caddys Hummers
Next season's trend -- offense Conservative running game Wide-open anything
Next season's trend -- defense
Whatever John Fox is playing

Wherever Warren Sapp is playing
Panthers' players ideology Just another game Just happy to be here
Pats' players ideology We've been here before Taking Carolina for granted
Gambling storyline The over-under The spread
Anthem singer we'd like to see
"New Whitney" (Beyonce)

Old Whitney
Style to emulate Fox's enthusiasm Gruden's intensity
Party Anything by men's mags Anything by Pats fans
Off-field concern Security Mad cow
TV-ad theme "Shock value" "Aww..."
Choke artists Eagles Colts
Fashion statement Cowboy boots Retro jerseys
High expectations Either defense Either offense
Most impressive ever? Pats win streak Panthers offense
Conventional wisdom -- Tom Brady Next Jack Kemp Next Joe Montana
Conventional wisdom -- Jake Delhomme Next Tom Brady Next Terry Bradshaw
Count the references to
New Englander John Kerry

New Englander Howard Dean
Best TEAM ever '03 Pats? '72 Dolphins?
Player must-have DVD camera Digital camera
You'll never be sick of players with ... Their kids Their cliches
MVP prediction Either of the QBs Any of the wide receivers
Bold prediction Panthers win by a little Patriots win by a lot

Dan Shanoff is a columnist for Page 2. His "Daily Quickie" commentary appears every weekday morning.