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Here's another anecdote from Steve Sabol - Lord of All Things NFL Films. It's from Super Bowl IV, and shows, once again, how far this event has come.

So Sabol and the NFL Films gang book 20 rooms at the swank Bienville Hotel (Diddy, are you down with this establishment?) for the week of the big game. They go to check in, and find out half the rooms are gone. A dry cleaning convention was in town, too, and was willing to pay a high rate, so they got the rooms.

Luckily, one of the camera men was a doctor and had some connections, so 10 camera guys ended up bunking in a Charity Hospital for the week. No joke. Three of them even had to share rooms with the patients, with only that flimsy blue curtain separating them.

The night before the game one of the patients died in a room with an NFL Films camera man, and he was so frazzled and fatigued by the events that he moved himself off of the main camera duties into a secondary role.

Could you imagine any convention trying to compete with Super Bowl week now? It's unthinkable. Our guy Steve made out alright in the Big Easy though (helps when your father runs the company).

"I pulled rank," Sabol said. "I told them, 'I'm directing us, I'm staying at the Beinville House.'"

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 31, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
 
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