Conflict with victory parade cited

Updated: January 30, 2005, 12:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Philadelphia Eagles: Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell moved his annual budget address back a day so it won't conflict with Super Bowl travel or a potential Eagles victory parade.

Pennsylvania governors typically talk about state spending plans on the Tuesday in the first full week of February. Rendell asked House and Senate leaders to push back his speech to Wednesday "in consideration of potential scheduling difficulties for those traveling out of state during the days immediately preceding Feb. 8."

The legislative leaders agreed to the request.

The travelers include Eagles fans like Rendell, who are heading to Jacksonville, Fla., to watch the Eagles play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6.

If the Eagles win, the victory parade on Feb. 8 could pose "scheduling challenges," Rendell spokeswoman Kate Philips said.

"The governor is not jinxing the Eagles," Philips said. "He is well aware of the Philadelphia curse and would never do anything to jeopardize the Eagles' chances for victory."

New England Patriots: Sources close to defensive end Richard Seymour told The Boston Globe the Patriots are becoming more confident he will play next Sunday in the Super Bowl.

Seymour, who is nursing a knee injury, has yet to go full speed in practice, but that could happen Wednesday.

Florida man allegedly left bomb threat

A man is in custody after Jacksonville, Fla., police linked him to a Super Bowl-related bomb threat found on the voice mail of a city council member.

A man who said his name was Albert Strickland left a cell phone number police traced to 56-year-old Albert Ray Strickland at an address in Hyde Park.

He was charged yesterday with threatening to discharge a destructive device. No bomb was found.

In the call to city council president Elaine Brown, a man described himself as a scientist intent on stopping the Super Bowl. He said he believed in the Big Bang theory and was "obsessed with the size it needs to be."

He said he was also in town to charge Jacksonville officials with attempting to kill him. He told Brown he wanted Mayor John Peyton and any other city officials connected to law enforcement to resign.

Boston police vow heavy postgame security
Police promise to be out in force in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday, and they hope to discourage the mob behavior that has been an unfortunate byproduct of local sports teams' recent success.

Those melees have resulted in the deaths of two young people. Police officials decline to detail their Super Bowl security strategy because all the details have yet to be worked out. However, a high-ranking officer told The Boston Globe he believes the plan for Feb. 6 will be similar to that used during the World Series.

When the Red Sox clinched the world championship, more than 700 officers were in the streets around Fenway Park, using canisters of pepper spray and water hoses to control the crowds.

Only a few minor injuries were reported.

Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole has issued a directive forbidding most officers from taking Super Bowl Sunday off.

Govs. Rendell, Romney finalize bet
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have finally agreed on a Super Bowl wager.

Rendell's initial food-focused idea fell flat.

Now, Rendell said, the losing governor will travel to the other team's state and, during a match between the cities' NBA teams, will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the rival city's jersey.

Well, at least Romney will sing if the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots.

If the Eagles lose, Rendell's wife will sing for Celtics fans. Midge Rendell, a federal judge, is a trained opera singer.

Romney turned down Rendell's initial offer of Philadelphia cheesesteaks, saying they were too high in fat.

Rendell, who's well-known for his large appetite, says Romney "is a little thinner" than he is -- "and he's a little bit more health-conscious," too.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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