ABC Miami TV Podcast Looks Back At City's Past Super Bowls
Three Miami Super Bowls have a checkered past and they became notorious for what happened off the field as much as what happened on.
By: WPLG-TV ABC Miami
Florida Files Podcast Producer and Reporter Michelle F. Solomon takes listeners back to Super Bowl XXIII, Jan. 22, 1989, Super Bowl XXXIII, Jan. 31, 1999, and Super Bowl XLI 2007, Feb. 4, 2007. "These were three occasions where Miami was in the spotlight," Solomon says, "and not just for what was happening on the field." With interviews and stories from the people that were there.
MIAMI SUPER BOWL XXIII: Overtown's Riots, aka the Super Bowl riots: Jan. 22, 1989. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day and less than a week before the Super Bowl, a race riot breaks out in a Miami neighborhood and thousands of out of town visitors are arriving for the festivities. Should the game go on? The former mayor of Miami tells The Florida Files he was scared for his life.
MIAMI SUPER BOWL XXXIII: Eugene Robinson's Big Biscayne Boulevard Blunder
Jan. 31, 1999. Players called him The Prophet because of his work ethic and for never missing a chance to lead the locker room in pre-game prayers. But on the night before Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Atlanta Falcon free safety Eugene Robinson decided to go for a little drive. He ended up in the wrong place at the worst time offering $40 to an undercover policewoman posing as a prostitute in exchange for oral sex. He played in the game the next day against the Denver Broncos but he and the rest of the Dirty Birds couldn't overcome Robinson's big blunder.
MIAMI SUPER BOWL XLI: Making Halftime History in The Purple Rain
Feb. 4, 2007. Torrential downpours wouldn't let up in Miami. The Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears slip and slide all over the field. What to do about halftime? For Miami football fans and players, the unrelenting rain may have been hell, but for performer Prince, the heavens opened up for him and he took full advantage with his finale of Purple Rain in a downpour, making history as the Best Halftime Show ever.
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