Despite Steelers on campus, most USF students don't give a damn about the Big Game

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After a random, gender-balanced survey (or casual talking-to) of a couple dozen students on campus, I found that the general feeling about the Super Bowl was apathy.The majority of people I talked to either didn't care or didn't know much about the Super Bowl, despite the fact that the rest of the city is feverishly attending to game day-related activities.

One student told me he wasn't all that interested in the Super Bowl this year, and the fact that the two teams are playing in Tampa doesn't matter because the Bucs aren't one of them. Football parties and events aren't particularly exciting for him, either, because most are expensive, invite-only affairs that he can't get into.

A girl (and a football fan, believe it or not) who lived in Tampa when the Super Bowl came here in 2001 was even less into the hype surrounding the Big Game. She told me in no uncertain terms that she is not looking forward to this weekend, even though she does follow the NFL, because the traffic created by swarming fans is unbearable.

While USF is hosting some Super Bowl events — including the Super Bowl Breakfast, Gospel Celebration and Grass Volleybowl — few of the people I talked to had heard of them, and none of them plan on going.

My investigation comprises a small number of random USF students, but I had a hard time finding any who were stoked about the Bowl. Are you an exception? If you're a USF student who is excited for the big game, let us know, and tell me what your plans are.

The Athletics Department at the University of South Florida opened its doors to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday. USF is serving as a

In anticipation of the Super Bowl-bound Steelers, USF's football practice field underwent an extreme makeover — including new grass, repainted hash marks and lines, and a Steelers logo in the middle of the field (right).

With Athletics in a frenzy over the arrival of the NFL, naturally the rest of the students on campus must be buzzing with Super Bowl hype. Right?

Eh - not really.

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