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The distance between Santa Clara, California, where this year's Super Bowl is being played, and downtown San Francisco, the host city. 

44 miles

"NEW ORLEANS IS THE ONLY CITY THAT SHOULD EVER HOST THE SUPER BOWL" was the title of Nate Scott's "FTW" column last week in USA Today, in which he wrote, "The backdrop of the game for the people on TV will be Santa Clara, California, a lovely town to be sure, but come on." Scott offered nine reasons the Super Bowl should be played each year in New Orleans (the food, the lack of commute, "no last call") and addressed the big issue from Super Bowl XLVII:

  "I know that the last time New Orleans hosted the Super Dome [sic] the lights shut out in the middle of the game. I have not forgotten that. But here's my counterpoint: That was hilarious and awesome. Who wants cold efficiency when you can have the delightful screwups of a place like New Orleans? Sure the lights went off, but they got 'em back on! And we all got to hang out and watch more commercials and drink and eat."

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