>THE BIG SHOW
TELEVISION HAS GONE INTO HOOPLA overdrive. Last week, the Inauguration; this week, the Super Bowl. The game is on NBC (Sun., Jan. 31, 6 p.m. ET) but specials abound. The one I recommend is the syndicated Road to the Super Bowl (check local listings), NFL Films’ season recap that really makes you feel like you’re on the field with the players. Of course there will be all those extravagant new ad campaigns unveiled during Super XXVII (commercial time goes for $1.7 million a minute). Garth Brooks sings the National Anthem; Michael Jackson performs at halftime. All that’s missing is Madonna as the NFL’s first topless referee. Oh, and somewhere amidst all the pandemonium in Pasadena, the Cowboys will be thumping on the Bills.