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Local dealer donates Mustang Shelby GT350 to auction for charity

A brand psanking new 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will be auctioned to the highest bidder Wednesday at the 4th annual “Jordin Sparks Experience” in Arlington, part of Super Bowl XLV activities, to raise funds for charity.

Sam Pack Ford Auto group, which includesFive Star Ford in North Richland Hills, has donated the 2011 pony car for the live auction. Proceeds from the 40th Anniversary Shelby GT350 auction will be split between the Carroll Shelby Foundation, Sparks Charities and Sam Pack Auto Group’s charity, the Holy Angels.

The limited edition 420 horsepower 2011 GT350 will be auctioned live with a minimum bid of $65,000. 

The Jordin Sparks Experience will take place Feb. 2, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., at the Sheraton Arlington in Arlington.  World renowned recording artist Jordin Sparks will host the gathering, which will include performances and appearances by the brightest stars in sports and entertainment.  For bidding information, please call (888) 868-6157 ext 745.

Featured celebrities scheduled to appear at the event are Larry Fitzgerald, JoJo, Ashlyne Huff, Darren Woodson, Michael Strahan, Kerry Rhodes, Sam Moore and Devin Thomas.

- Bob Cox



10 tips for a better NFL Experience

So, you don't have access to the coveted Super Bowl XLV ticket? The next best thing to being there is to try the NFL Experience.NFL Experience 008

This expansive, interactive football playground has plenty to keep children of all ages occupied. My family of four -- me, hubby, 10-year-old and 7-month-old -- headed out on Saturday to see whether the $25 admission was worth dragging the kids out and standing in lines for hours.

The verdict? Definitely worth it. After all, when was the last time you had a Super Bowl experience in your home town?

Here are some lessons we learned and tips for a more enjoyable trip to the Big D:     

1. Meet your group before you arrive at NFL Experience: We were crazy to think that we could casually meet up with friends and family (some who had tickets already, some who didn't) at the Dallas Convention Center. The lines are split up into "have tickets" and "have-not tickets." On the first weekend, the crowd flow was a problem and there was miscommunication with those herding the masses. My husband ended up being split from the group because security needed to check the diaper bag and stroller. (To the organizers: It's not good to split families, especially parents from their kids.) We weren't able to find and meet up with him until 30 minutes later. Trust me, get your group together before the drive and caravan over to the DCC.

2. Text don't talk: Once inside, cellphone reception is OK in most places. However, it's very loud inside and it's hard to hear calls. It's better to text your messages.  

3. Feed the kids before you go: If you want to save some money (and who doesn't these days?), get some chow before you arrive unless you want to spend $8 on a hot dog. Outside food and drink are not allowed (baby bottles and food are OK to bring). If you take full advantage of the activities, you will probably need to buy some snacks at some point. For the frugal, Pepsi gives out free samples at the main Pepsi booth and Doritos has bags of chips in the Sponsor Zone. The same snacks are also available at the Pepsi Familia de Campeones in the NFL Players Zone.

NFL Experience 012 4. Wear comfortable shoes and take a sturdy stroller: General admission patrons all park in Lot E, which is unpaved with lots of gravel and small dips. The walk from Lot E to the main entrance is a trek that takes you through the gravel pit, up stairs and around the convention center. Guess who wore heels? Also, it's worth it to bring an all-terrain stroller with basket to hold for souvenirs.

5. Print/sign the waiver before you arrive: Adults and children who want to participate in any of the interactive football games must sign a waiver. Save some time by printing the waiver out in advance at superbowl.com, filling it out and bringing it with you.  

6. How to manage the Zones: Once you go up the escalators and through the final checkpoint, traffic flows first into the NFL Players Zone, which has the main autograph stage, memorabilia show, and the NFL shop. To maximize your experience, head directly to the NFL Play 60 Game Zone, which is straight ahead through the Lombardi Lobby. You'll be tempted to stand in line to take a photo with the trophy, but it's not going anywhere until Super Bowl Sunday so head past it and head to the Game Zone. You can drop off your waiver forms at the NFL Rushzone for Kids (a shorter line for forms) and get your wristbands to participate in the activities. The Rushzone for Kids is good for the 6 and younger set. Have one parent stay with the younger kids here and the other parent can take the older kids to the NFL Play 60 Game Zone where all of the football activities are. Once the kids are worn out, head back to the Lombardi Trophy for your pic, then make a stop and get a second wind at the NFL Sponsor Zone for more activities. End your day at the NFL Players Zone. Download the NFL Experience Map

7. Don't miss the photo opps: Aside from the Lombardi Trophy, there are several photo NFL Experience 023 opportunities. In the Players Zone: Pretend to be part of the NFL Draft on the draft stage, get an autograph from a favorite player or "wear" the uniform of your favorite team. There's also a life-size wall of the Dallas Cowboys where you can stand next to your favorite Cowboy and be part of the team picture. In the NFL RushZone for Kids: Get a free picture at the entrance. You can choose the background of your pic -- Lombardi Trophy or your favorite NFL player.

8. If you want autographs, plan accordingly: Each person is allowed to bring one item to sign.The players are only there for 2-3 hours at a time so if you want a particular player, make sure you know when he will be available. (The popular players always have long lines) Be prepared to catch players throughout the day too! There were a few unannounced visits. I was able to see Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins at the NFL Rush Zone for Kids by accident. He was doing a Play 60 clinic and I happened to be feeding the baby in front of the clinic stage.

9. Go ahead and splurge a little: Even though I encouraged you to skimp on the meals, do bring enough to get some Super Bowl XLV souvenirs, memorabilia or NFL gear for the kids -- and yourself. (Btw, you'll also need $10 for the parking). One of my pet peeves as a parent is going to a so-called free family event and having to pay for every activity. Once you pay your $25, all of the activities are free. Better still, there are even freebies at some booths and activities. Some of our favorites: free football trading cards at the Panini booth outside the NFL Play 60 Game Zone, the mini football at the Bridgestone booth in the Sponsor Zone and the Super Bowl XLV necklace at the GMC booth where you can call the football play with announcer Phil Simms.

10. Stay the whole day: For most, having a Super Bowl close to home is a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Get an early time and stay late. Make the most of that $25 and create lasting memories with your family.

NFL Experience

Recommended ages: AllNFL Experience 019

When: 3 p.m.-10 p.m., February 2; 3 p.m.-9 p.m., February 3; 3 p.m.-10 p.m., February 4; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., February 5; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., February 6

Where: Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas. Parking in Lot E.

Info: 866-849-4635, superbowl.com

Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for 12 and younger. Available at superbowl.com or 866-849-4635.

--Maricar Estrella, Star-Telegram.com

(Photos by Maricar Estrella)

A week's worth of fun for visitors with kids

If you are a first-time visitor to Dallas/Fort Worth and are bringing your kids along to enjoy Super Bowl Week, here are some budget-conscious options to see and do during your stay:

Monday, Jan. 31: ESPN at Sundance Square
Starting on Monday, Jan. 31, ESPN will begin 80 hours of live radio and TV programming from downtown Fort Worth, which the pre-eminent sports network is calling home during Super Bowl week. Network executives chose Fort Worth because they said it best captured the North Texas region's Western heritage and modern-day sensibilities. From the popular radio talk show Mike & Mike in the Morning, at 5 a.m., to the network's signature show, SportsCenter, at night, the network offers fans the chance to congregate in Sundance Square to see their favorite ESPN on-air personalities. A demonstration football field made of artificial turf will be on Main Street between Third and Fourth Streets so that ESPN Countdown analysts such as Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson can demonstrate plays.
Good to know: Plenty of celebrities will make appearances on ESPN shows, and it's a great chance to ask for autographs and see some of your favorite players in person. Spectators will be allowed in the parking lot to watch SportsCenter and studio shows, but there will be no seating. The ESPN broadcast day will begin at 5 a.m. each weekday beginning Jan. 31, with the Mike & Mike national radio talk show broadcasting from its setup at Fourth and Main Streets, and will conclude at 10 p.m. with SportsCenter from the main stage.
Recommended ages: All
When: Monday, Jan. 31 through Sunday, February 6
Where: Main Street and 4th/6th Streets, Fort Worth
Info: sundancesquare.com
Cost: FREE!


Tuesday, Feb. 1: Pictures and Pages at The Kimbell Art Museum
This free program, which is designed for preschoolers, makes popular children's books the inspiration for conversation and simple art activties. Tuesday's program features a reading of Kevin Henkes’s acclaimed storybook "Kitten’s First Full Moon," which received the 2005 Caldecott Medal, followed by an engaging docent-led tour and a related art activity.
Good to know: Space is limited and advace registration is required. Maximum of 2 children per 1 adult. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Recommended ages: 4-6
When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 1
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: To register, call 817-332-8451, ext. 297, kimbellart.org
Cost: FREE!

Wednesday, Feb. 2: Fort Worth Zoo
This is one of the best zoos in the country with almost 7,000 animals and 14 major exhibits that are open 365 days a year. The interactive Texas Wild! exhibit, which stretches across more than eight acres, celebrates the Lone Star State's history and the plants and animals of its six distinct geographic regions.
Good to know: Wednesdays are half-price admission.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Where: 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76110
Info: www.fortworthzoo.org
Cost: $12; children 3-12 and seniors 65 and up, $9. Wednesdays are half-price admission.

Thursday, Feb. 3: GM Plant Tour
This is the last day to catch the tour of the General Motors plant in Arlington, which produced more than 280,000 Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades last year. Visitors will tour the plant during working hours when employees will be building new GM sport utility vehicles. They'll also get the opportunity to look at and test drive an assortment of new GM vehicles.
Good to know: GM will allow visitors to bring cameras into the plant. Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No open-toe shoes or high heels are allowed in the manufacturing area.
Recommended ages:  Children 7 and older are allowed in manufacturing area.
When: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and again from 5:45 to 8 p.m., Jan. 31 through Feb. 3
Where: 2525 E. Abram Street, Arlington, TX; Enter GM Assembly Plant through Gate 6 off Abram Street.
Info: GM Plant Tour Facebook Page
Cost: FREE! No tickets or reservations are required, but the number of visitors will be limited and accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friday, Feb. 4: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
The Stock Show will be wrapping up right before the Super Bowl, but if you come in for the weekend, there's still plenty to do and see. What's also great is that admission includes entry into the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Cattleraisers Museum. All very family friendly sites!
Good to know: The big rodeo finals are Saturday night, but will probably be sold out, but tickets may still be available for the 2 p.m. Saturday rodeo. If you are a Star-Telegram subscriber, you can get 50% off $16 PRCA Rodeo tickets. If you renew or subscribe at the Star-Telegram booth at the Stock Show, you will also get a free TCU front page poster or T-shirt.
Recommended ages: All
When: Through Feb. 5; event times vary
Where: 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth
Info: 817-877-2400, fwssr.com
Cost: Rodeo tickets (which include grounds admission) are $16-$22. A general admission pass, which gets you into everything but rodeo events, is $10, $5 for children 6-16 and free for kids 5 and under. They are available at (817) 877-2420.

Saturday, Feb. 5: Adventure Asia: Family Day at The Crow
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with family activities including a rabbit petting zoo, art activities, face painting, storytelling, yoga inspired by the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, a lion dance at 1 p.m. and more!
Good to know: Enjoy complimentary samples of delicious Chinese candies and green and bubble teas, and learn all about the origin of bubble teas. Complimentary supplies limited. (Full-sized beverages will be available for $3.)
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, February 5
Where: Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St., Dallas, TX 75201(Between Harwood and Olive)
Info: 214-979-6430, crowcollection.org
Cost: FREE!

Sunday, Feb. 6: Super Bowl Sunday: Whether you are tailgaiting, going to a party or hanging at the stadium, tell us about it! On Twitter, follow our Super Bowl coverage @dfwsuperbowl and tweet your Super Sunday experiences using #sbst. Best tweet gets an iPod Touch.

--Maricar Estrella


GM to allow tours of Arlington plant Super Bowl week

As the Star-Telegram reported earlier, General Motors will allow the general public to watch workers build its sport utility vehicles at the Arlington truck assembly during Super Bowl week.

The tours will be held on first-come, first-served basis at the Arlington plant, 2525 E. Abram, Monday through Thursday. Motorized trams will take visitors on the roughly 15-minute tours of the assembly plant. Children under 7 years of age will not be allowed.

Samples of other Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles will be on display to view and test drive.

For a listing of times and more information visit GM's Facebook Event Page:


Or visit Facebook.com/GMTexas

Other inquiries should be directed by email to GM spokeswoman Donna McLallen at: donna.mclallen@gm.com

- Bob Cox




Arlington looking for crazy fan to win two tickets to Super Bowl XLV

Ross Mathews (Ross the intern), known from his appearances on The Tonight Show and Chelsea Lately, will be the master of ceremonies for the "Craziest Fan" contest on Saturday, Feb. 5, in north Arlington's Lincoln Square shopping center.

SPORTS FBN-SUPER 57 OS  The winner of the contest gets two tickets to Super Bowl XLV.

Mathews, named one of the 30 Most Outrageous Celebrities by E! Entertainment Television, will be joined by Dallas Cowboys radio sideline reporter Kristi Scales, among others.  RossPromoShot



The contest runs from noon to 2 in the parking lot next to PetsMart.

(Photo of Mathews at Super Bowl Media Day in 2009 by Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel)


Super Bowl Host Committee CEO apologizes for XXX event listing

A Sunday column by our editorial director, J.R. Labbe, about the Super Bowl, sex, and Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief's apparent inconsistency with regards to same has drawn an interesting response from Bill Lively, CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee.

Here's the passage that drew Lively's attention:

Go to www.northtexassuperbowl.com/event to see the activities approved for the official North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee website. Just a sampling: Remembering Tom Landry: The Personal Collection, the Souper Bowl of Caring, Cirque du Soleil presents OVO Under the Grand Chapiteau, Zest Fest 2011, XXX Bowl Encroachment and Boyz Nite Out.

Hold the phone just a second. XXX, as in triple X, as in adult entertainment? Boyz Nite Out, as in the wife's back in Sandusky and it's time to stock up on $1 bills?


Curious, this. Mayor Mike has been silent as a grave about the NFL-sanctioned salaciousness promoted alongside our family-friendly Stock Show and Rodeo, but he's on record prominently tsking about Rick's Cabaret, a men's club operated by a publicly traded company, that's set to open near the south entrance of D/FW Airport.

Here is Lively's response, sent Monday:

Dear Ms. Labbe:

I am writing in response to your editorial published in Saturday’s Fort Worth Star Telegram.

You were accurate in your condemnation of the inclusion of questionable events on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee’s website, events that do not represent the stature and integrity of the Host Committee and the region.  In an effort to be inclusive in the distribution of information to the region, the Committee included non-NFL sanctioned events on its website, some of which we now understand were of questionable character.  Your editorial sensitized us to this problem which we have corrected.

Henceforth, the Host Committee will not include on its website references to any event that does not represent the dignity of those on the Host Committee and the standards of the region.

I extend my personal apology to members of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee and to the region for the inclusion of inappropriate information on the Host Committee’s website, a condition that has been corrected and will not be repeated.


William H. Lively
President and CEO

Labbe told Lively that the point of the column was to take issue with the mayor's words -- or lack thereof -- not to condemn the Host Committee. But if there's one thing you can say for sure about Bill Lively, it's that he oozes class. And this was a pretty classy move.

-- Kathy Vetter, editor


Prince to headline Super Bowl party in downtown Dallas

Add another bold-faced name to the avalanche of talent landing in North Texas because of the Super Bowl: Prince.

The iconic singer-songwriter (and former Super Bowl halftime entertainer, in 2007) is the draw for a gathering dubbed theEvent, which will be held Feb. 4 on the site of the former Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas.

Tickets are pricey -- they start at $1,500 and top out at (gulp) $25,000 -- but all that scratch benefits a good cause: the Goss-Michael Foundation.

Our Preston Jones has more in the dfw.com Music Blog.



Kid Rock to headline opener of Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam

Our music critic, Preston Jones, reports that Kid Rock will be the headliner for opening night of the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam Concert Series at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 and will be broadcast live on VH1, includes Duran Duran and Jason Derulo.  Patriots Lions Football

Tickets go on sale Friday at Ticketmaster.

Read more on the concert series in Preston's Music Blog.

(Kid Rock at the Patriots-Lions game on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by AP.)