INDIANAPOLIS

State lawmakers are bowl-bound

More than 50 Indiana lawmakers took the Indianapolis Colts up on an offer to buy Super Bowl tickets.

Monday’s session of the Indiana House is canceled.

The Colts offered to all 150 state legislators and other Indiana politicians — including the entire congressional delegation — two tickets for the face value of $600 each.

The offer also was extended to Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, said Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Colts owner Jim Irsay.

The Colts were allotted about 13,000 tickets and offered about 450 to politicians and others, Cook said. The tickets are non-transferable.

Tickets that aren’t claimed by the politicians will go to season-ticket holders who are next in line from the ticket lottery held earlier.

Students getting day after off

Students at about 70 schools in the Indianapolis Roman Catholic Archdiocese will get a holiday Monday, the day after the Super Bowl. Some area Catholic schools are also off.

The decision to call off school was in honor of the Indianapolis Colts and the “exemplary way Tony Dungy and Peyton Manning conduct themselves in public,” a spokesman said.

Indianapolis Public Schools will be open the day after the game, but many teachers are working Colts themes into lessons, however.

MERRILLVILLE

Baby blankets show off spirit

A hospital in northwestern Indiana plans to wrap newborn babies in special Super Bowl blankets — Indianapolis Colts on one side, Chicago Bears on the other.

“Depending on who you’re rooting for, that’s how you want to wrap your baby,” said MaryKay Schreiner, a nurse at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus. Parents can decide which side to show.

Schreiner, of Hebron, spent about 12 hours last weekend sewing the 18 fleece blankets.

The hospital will distribute them to newborns beginning on Friday.

Patches on the blankets will read: “Methodist Hospitals, Super Bowl Sunday, The Bears vs. The Colts, February 4, 2007.”

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