Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 1, 2013

Super Bowl dream

Chaney has attended three of them as a fan

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

ATHENS — For the average sports fan, attending a Super Bowl is a lifelong dream.

For County Tax Assessor Milburn Chaney it is something he enjoys doing when he gets the chance.

Chaney has had the privilege of attending three of them during his lifetime.

“A Super Bowl is worth going to at least once if you get a chance,” Chaney said. “It is quite an ordeal and is a big business.”

Chaney said his first experience came in 1999 when the Denver Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Miami.

He said his son-in-law helped him get the VIP treatment during the event.

“It was a good experience and you would not believe the security with having to have a lanyard with your ticket in it,” Chaney said. “Even if you went to the restroom you better have that around your neck or you would not get your seat.”

With this year's Super Bowl being the first time a brother has faced a brother in the big game, Chaney gave his early prediction.

“I probably won't go to this one since I am not really a big fan of either one of these teams,” Chaney said. “If I had to choose who would win this Super Bowl I would say Baltimore.”

He said he has also had the opportunity to attend two other Super Bowl's in 2000 and 2004

“The second game I went to was in Atlanta and that was the one between St. Louis and Tennessee. That game wrapped up at 23-16,” Chaney said. “That was the game when the one player reached out and was about an inch short from tying the game.”

Chaney said with 50 years of officiating experience, he tends to take in the game in a different light than the average sports fan.

“I tend to look at the game a little differently,” Chaney said. “Especially in person, you pay more attention to the officials and when you see them you critique them and pick up on things during the game.”

One of the hardest calls Chaney said officials make during the game is pass interference calls since it is a judgement call in most cases.

“They have a hard job and they get a lot of criticism. In full speed and when they have to slowed the game down to figure out if they are right and wrong, nine times out of 10 they get it right,” Chaney said. “I look at it a little bit different and I kind of know the rules so I can enjoy the game better.”