Our intrepid Super Bowl correspondent, Thomas Beals, has been embedded in Indianapolis for the past two weeks. You win some, you lose some. Since every other reporter is writing boring stories about Brady, Manning and Eli Manning, Thomas decided to focus on more important topics.

  • Forty-eight hours prior to the game, the stadium compound generators have already burned more than 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel for heating and power.
  • The city of Indianapolis passed a temporary “open container” law for the festivities (VA politicians, please take note).
  • More than 20 city blocks have been closed to vehicle traffic for the past week for the celebration.
  • Forty-four bands have played on two outdoor stages for free.
  • Production staff for the halftime show arrived in Indianapolis Jan. 9.