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Minidresses, McNabb, and a media madhouse

In a moment of wishful thinking (or delusion?), Jane McManus packed a swimsuit for her trip to Super Bowl XLV. Turns out ice skates would have been more practical. And she's not the only one who came unprepared. McManus, a cub reporter when it comes to the big game, offers some observations of the surreal scene in Dallas.

Updated: February 3, 2011, 1:27 PM ET
By Jane McManus

ARLINGTON, Texas -- When I imagined covering my first Super Bowl, I thought it would include palm trees and possibly heat exhaustion. I was way off, and the swimsuit I optimistically threw in my suitcase will only get pulled out if I need an extra layer, possibly as a scarf.

So I thought I'd piece together some random thoughts about covering this year's Super Bowl in Dallas.

• Players are everywhere. And I'm not talking just about the Steelers and the Packers. Former players ...

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