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  • Sports Scene: Electric Football (January 17)
  • Sports Scene: Electric Football (January 17)
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    (FIRST WEB APPEARANCE JANUARY 17) Check this out: The 2002 Official Electric Football Super Bowl and Convention will be held at the Memphis Marriott East Hotel over on 2825 Thousand Oaks Blvd from Friday, January 18- Sunday, January 19. Electric football? Yep. You remember the idea. Little toy men with magnets on their feet, a big football field with a metal surface, a motor under the field that vibrates the whole thing, and that loud buzzing sound to infuriate parents, and anyone else in a 12-mile radius. Oh, but the sweet poetry of watching your running back stutter step past the defenses linebackers, or maybe trip his way into the endzone. The speed, the glory, the sarcasm! But seriously, these guys do take their game. The convention goes through set up on Friday, and on Saturday, preliminary rounds for the childrens and womens rounds are played. Saturday will also feature a clinic for kids under ten on the art of electric football, and also exhibits on Electric football memorabilia, collectibles, and hand-painted figures. On Sunday, the Women finalists battle it out in the Buzz Bowl for Women, and the children finalists find out whos best in the Spark Bowl for Kids. And then, the real party begins with the mens tourney and the AFC & NFC championship games. The action ends with the finale: Electric Football Super Bowl 8, at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free to all who are interested in seeing the convention, participating in the game, or participating in a number of raffles happening throughout the weekend. And who says that Memphis cant draw "real" sports? ODDS & ENDS
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