Page 22 of the February 18, 2002 issue of People magazine features a color photo of Sir Paul proudly displaying his Super Bowl security badge. The article includes a "pop quiz" in which Sir Paul was asked some questions about American sports.
For example, what does he eat during a football game?"I normally don't eat at the games. If I do, I'll have a beer or something and some pretzels. That's American enough for me!"Did he place any bets on the Super Bowl?"No, I don't really know enough about it. "How long has he followed football?"I've been watching it for a long time, on TV mainly. I've only been to one game -- a college game in Arizona."Does he understand the game?"I didn't understand the game at first, being from England. I was like...why are they all running around? Linda said, 'No, just watch the quarterback. See? He's throwing the pass.' The minute I had that bit of advice, I thought, 'Okay, I get it'."Did Sir Paul enjoy the World Series game he attended in New York city last year?"I like big games, important games. There's such a sense of occasion. I loved the people at that game. It was the day after the Madison Square Garden concert where I introduced Freedom. I went to the restroom halfway through, and a lot of guys in the crowd were yelling out, "Hey, Paul, [singing] FREEDOM!" It was great. That is what I hoped to do. To make a simple song to raise people's spirits at that terrible time."This is not just a sort of political debate. This atrocious act actually threatens the one thing Americans hold dear, which is liberty. I get stopped in the street a lot, people saying, 'Hey, Paul, thanks for what you're doing for the city.' And I say, 'It's my privilege'."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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