If you thought you could read at least one story this week that does not include the words Super Bowl, this is not it.
Just a year ago, Mayor Marion Barry began what some advisers believe was his worst year in office by attending Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl. Barry relaxed in sunny California while this area froze in record snowfalls.
Barry agrees it was a major mistake not to return to Washington. He said this week that if it snows during the weekend, he will return. The forecast so far means the mayor can pack his bags.
With the Washington Redskins in the big game this year, Barry has reason to go -- both as a football fan and as the highest elected representative of local Washington.
Barry is scheduled to be among the select few who get to fly to San Diego on a privately chartered jet arranged by Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke.
While local political Washington is agog with Super Bowl mania, some officials believe a Redskins victory would add even more pressure on the financially pressed District government to build a super stadium to house the Redskins.
District officials say it would cost more than $100 million in bonded indebtedness to build the 75,000-seat stadium that Cooke wants. RFK seats about 50,000.
If the team were a dog, no one would be talking about it. The phrase "Super Bowl champs" would give a nice boost to any appeals to civic pride and prestige and spinoff business that would come from the larger stadium.
Barry and city officials, who want to keep the Redskins in Washington, are exploring the stadium idea, but want some type of participation from Cooke's business.
The Super Bowl trip -- Redskins victory or not -- may only signal the real beginning of a super battle over the stadium.Smile When You Say That
D.C. Council Chairman David A. Clarke stood before the Citizens Planning Coalition Jan. 21 to address the crowd in the District Building council chambers.
As Clarke spoke, Bill Rice, a fixture on the local political scene, moved in close with his ever-present camera.
"No, Bill. The answer is no," Clarke said sternly.
Those present said Clarke was upset by a City Paper article cowritten by Rice on the chairman's efforts to mediate a Ward 3 development dispute.
Rice said this week that he did not take Clarke's picture, but others wondered what would have happened if he had. Radio Days
Mayor Marion Barry has taken a rare cue from President Reagan and begun his own weekly radio address.
You can hear the mayor on WDJY (100.3 FM) at noon each Saturday.
Barry, as he did in his State of the District address this week, focused on drugs.
"Many of you know who is selling drugs in your neighborhood," Barry said for the radio. "When you see drug dealers using an apartment or house to sell their poison, please call the police." Jackson for Mayor?
While Jesse L. Jackson is busy running for president, critics like to point out that he has no elective office experience. Still, his name frequently comes up as a potential candidate for a variety of posts.
For example, Jackson's name has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Senate from South Carolina, where he was born, and as a possible candidate for the Senate if the District were ever to achieve statehood.
Jackson, who lives in Chicago, has also been considered as a potential candidate for mayor of Chicago, most recently when Mayor Harold Washington died.
But what about mayor of Washington in 1990, some Jackson supporters mused last week.
As a mayor of Washington, Jackson with his international reputation would be at the center of national and international politics. He would control a 40,000-employee government with a $3 billion budget. He could easily move among the embassy mansions and the projects for the poor. Peace-Jobs-Justice, Jackson's campaign theme, would be put to the test and the answer might determine whether he can make public office work.
If Jackson doesn't get 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. (the District Building) might do.
Regardless of all that, the Jackson aficionado mused, wouldn't it shake up what many believe is the stagnated politics of local Washington, causing heartthrobs for some, heartburn for others?