Good Monday morning to you, and be honest – you didn't even come close to watching the whole Super Bowl, did you?...
Weather: Damp. Rain will continue as drizzle through the morning hours, then we'll see a slight chance of showers again tonight. Today's high will reach the lower 50s, with the low tonight in the upper 30s. Chances of rain are 30 percent this morning and tonight. Showers and thunderstorms move in on Tuesday, with a high in the middle 60s.
He did it again. Gardendale jeweler Jeff Dennis, who gained national fame for his promotions that resulted in hundreds of customers getting their money back for merchandise they purchased, hit the jackpot again Sunday night when his latest deal paid off. Dennis told customers last week that they would get their purchases for free if either team in Super Bowl XLVIII scored a safety in the game. It didn't take long for that to happen, as Denver Broncos center Manny Ramirez (no relation to the baseball player of the same name) snapped the ball past the head of quarterback Peyton Manning and into the end zone, where the Broncos fell on the ball to concede a safety on the very first play from scrimmage. Dennis said shortly afterward that more than 400 customers will get their money back. It's the third time in four events over two years that his customers have won such promotions. More on this story later today.
Fighting for life. A family member told The North Jefferson News that a man who was allegedly shot by his wife on Saturday is clinging to life today. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies are still investigating the incident, in which they say a woman shot her husband and then turned the gun on herself; she died at the scene. The shooting happened about a mile south of Corner High School. We're withholding the names of of both involved pending official confirmation.
Who will replace Beason? Politicians are scrambling this week to decide who will run for the seat in the Alabama Senate that's being vacated by Scott Beason after two terms. The Gardendale Republican made a surprise announcement late Friday afternoon that he would not seek a third term. Beason did not rule out the possibility that he would instead run for the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that's being vacated by the retiring Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Vestavia Hills); he has until Friday to file to run in that race, as do candidates who want Beason's old seat in the State House.
Sports: Repeat this: “Defense wins championships.” It's an old saying in football that was proved out in the New Jersey Meadowlands on Sunday night, when a stifling Seattle defense shut down the Denver offense that had set NFL records during the regular season, as the Seahawks rolled 43-8 for their first Super Bowl victory. The momentum was set when the Broncos gave up the safety 12 seconds in (the quickest score in Super Bowl history); that blunder seemed to throw Manning and his offense off kilter the rest of the way, as he threw two interceptions with one run back for a touchdown. Percy Harvin sealed the deal on the kickoff that opened the second half, as he ran the kick back 87 yards for a score than put the Hawks up 29-0. Malcolm Smith was named the game's MVP, just the third time a linebacker has won the honor. It was also a big victory for Seattle's Pete Carroll, who became just the third coach in history to lead national champs in both college football (at Southern Cal) and the NFL... High school sports: It's championship time for the winter sports starting this week, as the AHSAA indoor track and field state championships finally get under way today at the Birmingham Crossplex after being delayed from last weekend because of the winter storm. Basketball teams wrap up their regular seasons tonight, as Gardendale hosts Pinson Valley; area tournaments begin for a few teams tonight as well, and for all other girls teams on Thursday. And wrestling teams take the first step toward state titles later this week, as the new super-sectional playoffs begin Friday at Montgomery for local schools.