LEFTOVERS: Super Bowl city mayor doesn’t rate with NFL

As a public service, today’s Leftovers will be Sherman-free.

We begin with the story of James Cassella, who happens to be the longtime mayor of East Rutherford, N.J., which happens to be where Met Life Stadium, the site for Super Bowl XLVIII, is located. As mayor, you would think Cassella would be given B-list status, C-list at worst, by the NFL.

Instead, Cassella was treated like every other average Joe. He was passed over by the NFL to attend the game, even though his town of 9,600 is hosting it.

Not only was he snubbed by the NFL, but he also lost out on the lottery the New York Giants conducted for their fans. Cassella is a longtime Giants season-ticket holder who forked over $20,000 in those obscene Personal Seat Licenses to keep his seats when the team left Giants Stadium for Met Life, aka “PSL Prison.” Apparently his mayoral status didn’t matter to the computer that selected the winners of the Giants’ ticket lottery.

Instead, Cassella will watch the game from his living room.

“I’m not angry or anything,” he told the New York Daily News. “That’s just the way it is. The NFL could not care less. There’s a certain arrogance.”

You think? Not only did the NFL keep the mayor out, but it also didn’t bother to hang a single banner in the town where the game is being played saying “Welcome to the Super Bowl.” But if you go into Manhattan, where the game is not being played, you are blitzed with Super Bowl advertising on virtually every block.

Actually, there is one sign that says “Home of the Super Bowl” located at the town’s New Jersey Transit train station. But it appears to be an unauthorized sign that doesn’t have the NFL shield or the Super Bowl logo.

You better watch it, Mr. Mayor, before Roger Goodell’s copyright cops haul you in for unauthorized use of the term “Super Bowl.” And if you need any legal advice, feel free to call the former mayor of Las Vegas, a certain Oscar B. Goodman. He’d probably take your case pro bono.

■ JILTED LOVE STORY — Oh, if life only imitated art. Like where hockey players fall in love and get married, as Harvard hockey star Oliver Barrett IV and Radcliffe coed Jenny Cavalleri did in the 1970 movie “Love Story.” Instead, we have a Canadian news reporter falling in love with a junior hockey player, then threatening to kill him after she found out he was dating someone else.

According to the Tri-City Herald, Tieja MacLaughlin, a freelance reporter from Kelowna, British Columbia, allegedly threatened Jackson Playfair, a forward for the Tri-City Americans, who are located in Kennewick, Wash. Playfair, whose father, Jim, played in the NHL, had been dating MacLaughlin since July but told police the relationship had been rocky.

The cops caught up with MacLaughlin and warned her to stay away from Playfair. But after reneging on her promise to return to Canada, she was arrested after trying to set up a meeting with the player at a Kennewick hotel. The case is pending, but she was held without bail and ordered by a judge not to have any contact with Playfair.

In hockey and in life, that’s a real “match” penalty.



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