Caine Gardner, Sports Editor of The Banner Graphic, sister paper to The Brazil Times, will be on the scene at Lucas Oil Stadium when the confetti falls and either the New York Giants or New England Patriots claim the Lombardi Trophy. A five-year veteran of the Banner Graphic staff, Gardner applied for credentials back in November, but wasn't sure the request would be honored in the thousands of requests the NFL receives.
"I thought we'd give it a good shot, having covered the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the past," Gardner said. "I applied, fully expecting not to be granted credentials."
Then, Gardner got an early Christmas present in e-mail form Dec. 22.
"Then I got the e-mail saying we were allotted one credential after applying for three," he said. Since then, it's been more than a month of applying for parking passes, figuring out where to go (and not go) downtown and trying to prepare himself for what will be an overwhelming crowd. Given the overwhelming media coverage of the game itself, Gardner plans to take a different angle in writing about the event for readers of The Banner Graphic and The Brazil Times.
"I'm going to take the angle of a first-time person at the Super Bowl," he said. "From the people I've talked to who've been at games like this, it's a completely different atmosphere.
"It's not something everybody gets to do," Gardner added. "I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to cover the game and bring a local perspective to a game that's played on a global level." In much the same way first-time players in the Super Bowl say it's about weathering the first few minutes, Gardner plans to just take in the scene at the opening kickoff before settling in to do something he's done dozens of times before -- cover a football game.
"I'm going to be in awe -- trying to take in as much as I can," Gardner said. "It's going to be such a sensory overload that it's almost going to be too much to handle. But after that, it's going to be falling into a familiar place." To help fans follow the game, Gardner will be sharing his thoughts throughout the day on Twitter via the handle @bgsports1.