February 2, 2014

Super Bowl notes: Bradshaw misses after father’s death

Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw was absent from coverage on Sunday after returning to Louisiana.

Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw did not take part in the network’s Super Bowl coverage Sunday after the death of his father.

Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness, Fox said Sunday. He was 86. Terry Bradshaw was with his family in Louisiana.

Michael Strahan, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame a day earlier, replaced Bradshaw on Sunday’s pregame show. Strahan, the former New York Giants defensive end, was originally scheduled to help host Fox’s red carpet coverage. Strahan also handled duties for the trophy presentation.

Jammer inactive

Broncos backup cornerback and 12-year NFL veteran Quentin Jammer, a former Texas standout, was among the inactives for the Super Bowl.

Jammer, in his first season with Denver after 11 with San Diego, played sparingly this season and was burned badly against the Chargers in the divisional round after Chris Harris Jr. was injured. Marquice Cole instead was Champ Bailey’s backup at left cornerback.

Sherman injured

Seattle was on its way to winning when cornerback Richard Sherman was taken to the locker room on a cart after appearing to hurt his right leg in the fourth quarter.

Sherman was hit by teammate Earl Thomas as the pair attempted to break up a pass. Sherman was down earlier in the second half but ran off the field after being looked at by trainers. He finished with two tackles.

Hobbled Broncos

Several Denver Broncos were hurt in the second half, including All-Pro right guard Louis Vasquez, who was knocked from the game with a rib injury.

Running back Knowshon Moreno left with a back injury in the third quarter. Linebacker Paris Lenon left with a rib injury.

Postgame delays

Transit and other traffic to MetLife Stadium arrived mostly on time, the only minor disruption at a TSA security checkpoint at Secaucus Junction, the start of the New Jersey Transit’s 6.8-mile line to East Rutherford.

Paramedics treated several people who collapsed from overcrowding that delayed lines a little over an hour. More than 28,000 people set a NJ Transit train ridership record, surpassing the mark of 22,000 in 2009 for a U2 concert.

By 5:15 p.m. Eastern, 80,000 fans had arrived, making it the earliest arriving Super Bowl crowd in 30 years, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

After the game, long delays remained for crowds trying to leave the stadium area. NJ Transit said a second platform was opened.

Soft commercials

Advertisers played it safe in Super Bowl ads this year. There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable storylines were all but missing. And in their place, much more sedate ads.

From the light humor of RadioShack poking fun at its image with ’80s icons like Teen Wolf and the California raisins to a Coca-Cola ad showcasing diversity by singing America the Beautiful in different languages, it was a softer night of advertising.

Cold? What cold?

The 49-degree temperature at kickoff was a surprise for all who long feared this outdoor Super Bowl would be a frigid one. Most players wore light sweats or jogging tights during pregame. Many fans at kickoff discarded their jackets.

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